In 2013 Threeways Centre undertook England’s biggest asset transfer – taking over the notorious Ridings School in Halifax.
Taking over the ‘worst school in the country’
You can’t accuse the Threeways Centre of lacking ambition. They are currently working to turn the disused school in Ovenden, north Halifax – once called the ‘worst school in the country’ – a sprawling collection of buildings on an eight acre site, into a thriving community enterprise.
Threeways has big plans for plans for the Ridings, including creating a community centre and nursery, a health and wellbeing centre, and office space for start-up businesses and enterprises.
They have already taken over and are successfully running the existing sports centre on the site.
Community enterprise know-how
Threeways already know how to make a community enterprise work. They run a conference centre, with suites of meeting rooms. They also help the people of Halifax keep fit with a successful sports centre, with a gym, boxing club and sports hall.
Helping local people find work
Threeways invite volunteers from the community to help out at the sports centre and with other work, like administration and event stewarding, giving local people vital work experience and helping them find full time jobs.