Headingley Development Trust
Headingley Development Trust (HDT) was formed in August 2005 by Headingley residents to develop enterprising initiatives that support the regeneration of Headingley and promote and sustain a vibrant local community.
With some 1100 members it engages them in a variety of different enterprises and projects, from Headingley Homes to provide homes for families in the area to the Fowl Co-op and Cafe Scientifique, from Headingley Community Orchard to Films at HEART. Two of its flagship projects are HEART and Headingley Farmers’ Market.
A lot of HEART
HEART is Headingley’s Enterprise and Arts Centre, opened in January 2011, transforming a much-loved primary school into a wonderful heart of the community, offering a cafe, performance space, meeting rooms and offices. It hosts the annual HDT Apple Day and a huge range of events and parties.
HEART won the 2014 Northern RICS Community Benefit Award which “recognises outstanding achievement in providing a facility which directly benefits the local community”.
Judges said: “HEART is a worthy winner…. A group of dedicated, resourceful and passionately committed people from the local community had a vision of transforming the former school into a community facility… the result is a striking facility which has more than achieved the community’s vision…. we were particularly impressed with the constant use that the local residents were making of the whole facility, the mix of business start-ups and downsizers, and extensive and varied programme of events.”
Headlingley Farmers’ Market
Headingley Farmers’ Market, set up by HDT in 2006, is a monthly market enabling the community to buy high quality locally produced food direct from the producer.
It also provides a space for bumping into friends or finding out what’s going on. There is music from local performers every month and as well as 20-25 food stalls, HDT itself has a stall where elected board members can meet members and the public.
The market is a FARMA certified market. In 2011 won FARMA’s Community Spirit Award and in 2012 the Yorkshire Food & Drink Best Farmers’ Market Award. Annual research indicates that some 1200 people shop at the market each time, over 60% coming from within a mile.