Heeley Development Trust is the charity that came out of the community’s work to transform the derelict space that was left after the road plans were shelved, in 1996. In 1997, having raised funding, the Trust took ownership of the 3.5 hectares of land through a 125 year lease from Sheffield City Council. Since then, the Trust’s staff and community volunteers have worked tirelessly to build the “Heeley People’s Park“.
But that’s not all…the Trust has grown and its work reaches way beyond the park. HDT now provides adult education in the community and runs projects like Recycle Bikes, hosts the Heeley Festival and The Big Boulder in the park; most recently the Trust has played a key role in keeping Meersbrook Hall in community hands. HDT is committed to developing ‘assets of community value’ (that’s the technical term) – buildings and assets that are an investment for our neighbourhood – like Sum Studios (the former Anns Grove School) and The Heeley Institute. These bring money into the Trust that can be reinvested in the community.
What binds all of our activity is that it’s all about making Heeley a great place to live, now and in the future.