Riverside Live - our innovative new community enterprise and arts venue in the deprived community of Burngreave, Sheffield which will nurture, develop and showcase the work of new and emerging artists and support individuals facing extreme disadvantage to develop employability skills through a comprehensive programme of supported employment and training projects.
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Point Blank ultimately aims to build a 100-seater Studio Theatre on the site but in the meantime Riverside Live is trading and we are maximising the current use of space using it as a springboard to establish a range of high impact social enterprise projects including a social kitchen, environmental trust, urban farm and arts development agency. The social kitchen will be used as a platform to deliver healthy eating programmes as well as offering training and employment opportunities to young people not in education, employment or training (NEETS), substance mis-users, individuals with learning difficulties and the long term unemployed. The urban farm initiative will offer similar opportunities to these client groups as well as enabling local people in the deprived community of Burngreave to become actively involved in local community projects. We intend to establish an independent environment trust which will oversee a programme of conservation and wildlife promotion activity in the local area ‚Äì which is a conservation area. As part of this project, the trust will also oversee the conversion of the building into an industry best practice, low carbon venue through the introduction of environmental technology and energy reduction measures. As part of plans to establish a regionally significant arts development agency, Riverside Live will enable Point Blank to consolidate and develop its existing arts-based training provision and also offer work placements, training and tailored support to individuals facing extreme disadvantage in the labour market. The venue therefore serves the needs of community participants and emerging talent from the local disadvantaged neighbourhood as well as those with barriers to accessing the creative industries and wider employment across the region.
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