Well Rotherham

Well Rotherham was one of 10 innovation platforms established through the Well North initiative.

These nationally celebrated programmes were funded by Public Health England to explore how strengths-based and entrepreneurial approaches can tackle health inequalities and collaborate with communities to make positive changes.

Hosted by South Yorkshire Housing Association, Well Rotherham supported inspirational local people with great ideas to improve their communities. Based in the Rother Valley, the project ran for 3 years and finished in July 2021. The 3 strategic themes were:

  • A great place to live
  • A great place to work
  • An active community

A great place to live

We launched our community activity by starting a conversation to find out what people love about their community, what else they would like to see and what they could offer to make their community even better. This led on to the Great Ideas micro-grant programme to support individuals to bring their ideas to life and improve their community. As relationships and ideas grew a number of larger grant projects were initiated.

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A great place to work

We wanted to inspire the next generation of leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. Our North Star Science School event, headlined by Professor Brian Cox, was attended by more than 2000 young people from South Yorkshire and beyond.

We also explored how taking a strengths-based approach can help to support and develop socially minded local enterprises. Our innovative business accelerator supported businesses to improve social connectivity within their communities.

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An active community

Being active and accessing nature is essential to wellbeing. The Rother Valley is rich in natural beauty with a wealth of green and blue spaces. Well Rotherham supported community led projects which inspired people to get out and active in nature.

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Our Well Rotherham Programme Report

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