Burton Street Foundation

This section highlights the Burton Street Foundation's history, facilities and ethos towards helping people living with disabilities in Sheffield.

Sheffield Cultural Heritage

About The Foundation

The Burton Street Foundation is a not-for-profit community organisation, based on Burton Street in Hillsborough, Sheffield. Founded in 1998, they host 14 local businesses and 35 charities at 5 buildings across 3 sites. This foundation is known as a hub for a wide range of day services for disabled people, who were integral to its founding. Burton Street’s ethos is to ‘focus on what people can do, rather than what they cannot’. The foundation hosts the area’s largest indoor community space.
The site on Burton Street was originally a school, dating back to 1879, and it educated nearly a century of schoolchildren, closing in 1976. In the 1990s, the buildings were scheduled for demolition, but the local community refused to allow the picturesque Victorian school to disappear – instead, they broke in and occupied the buildings, setting up the Burton Street Foundation for community events and services. Two decades later, they are running stronger than ever, with around 2,500 people using the site weekly, for both work and leisure. They employ around 140 people, and their disability services have around 250 clients.
The facilities available at the site include a sports hall, a function suite with bar, two friendly cafes, various outdoor spaces including a sensory garden and accessible playground, a hydrotherapy pool, two sensory centres, an indoor park, a soft play area, and a variety of unique activity spaces. Activities offered to clients include music, arts and crafts, sports, dance, yoga, sensory activities, water play, and rebound therapy.
The foundation runs activities and sessions designed to help the disabled develop self-esteem, self-awareness and self-confidence. The highly-trained staff at the foundation are able to develop and adapt the sessions, tailoring them for different groups and individuals with different needs. In addition to the use of the Hillsborough site, the foundation also runs holiday clubs during the summer, with a number of spaces available for accessible holidays at their cottage in Anglesey, on the coast of North Wales. These holidays are specially tailored for adults with learning disabilities.
Burton Street is also famous for its use as a filming location for the beloved Sheffield-based comedy-drama film, The Full Monty (1997). Many scenes were shot at this site, including the iconic ‘dole queue’ scene, in which the characters unconsciously practice their dance routine while queuing at an unemployment centre.
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