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The Millfield Trust


The Millfields Trust enables local people to contribute and manage the regeneration of the Stonehouse neighbourhood in Plymouth.

Their core business is rental of commercial premises to enable small and medium sized business to grow. The Millfields Trust wanted to understand how to model a youth enterprise centre and through the Knowledge and Skills Exchange, they visited a successfully established youth enterprise centre in Wales. They were interested in how they developed the physical space, and also to see types of programmes and support offered to young people.

They learned about the positive and negative aspects to the building by looking at architects’ plans and then seeing the space in action. Furthermore, the funding from Locality enabled senior management, Trustees and staff to visit together, to enable joint decision making.  This resulted in confidence to go ahead with the project, having become aware of potential pitfalls with regards to design and revenue challenges. The Millfields Trust are due to complete on their new building in 2018, which was three years after their initial visit.

“The visit enabled us to understand how the building had been funded (capital) and how it is sustained (revenue), and gave us a clear way forward.” Roger Pipe, Millfields Trust

Clitterhouse Farm Project (Our Yard)

Clitterhouse Farm

Clitterhouse Farm is steeped in local history, tracing as far back 1321 (with the claim to fame that suffragette Gladice Georgina Keevil lived there between 1884 and 1913).

However, in more recent times, the future of the farm has been at risk. In 2014, local campaigns secured its protection from demolition and the Clitterhouse Farm project (Our Yard) was born. They began the work of turning the site into a thriving multi-use community hub by visiting two other Locality members in early 2015, one to look at community asset transfer and building development and the other to look at business planning and service design. Following these visits, they created a business plan and felt much clearer about finances having been able to look at the figures of a similar business model.

The Knowledge and Skills Exchange enabled this kind of detailed exchange due to the fact that the host organisation was able to free up time by charging a fee. Our Yard was also able to create a detailed risk analysis in preparation for a funding application, and they continue to use this today.  A year and a half after their visits they opened a community café.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to learn from some really great organisations. Thank you to Locality for supporting us.” Paulette Singer, Clitterhouse Farm Project (Our Yard)

Mount Hawke

Mount Hawke

One of the UK’s longest running indoor skateparks with over 24,000 square foot of ramps, the parks of Mount Hawke Youth Group (MHYG) in Cornwall attract over 35,000 visits a year. The organisation is very locally rooted, aiming to help and educate young people so as to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities, and to improve their conditions of life.

Following much success in their established service provision, they wanted to develop their business to provide support for local start-up organisations and entrepreneurs. In order to do this, they needed to understand more about the operations involved and wanted to build confidence among their trustees to reassure them that the venture would work and reap rewards. Through Locality funding, they were able to travel the distance to London to learn from another member already established and successful in this kind of work. The building work is now complete and has had a significant knock on effect to the rest of the business, driving up footfall and enabling new business partnerships.

“Our hosts were able to assist in evidencing success/pitfalls and supply documents which have saved considerable time and resources.” Ciaran Ryder, Mount Hawke Youth Group