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Projects We Support

Action For Children

Action for Children; through their work and through speaking out seek to break the cycle of deprivation. They challenge injustice and empowerment to children to overcome the obstacles in their lives that hold them back. They tailor their work to local circumstances in partnership with children and young people, families, communities and local organisations.

Refurnish is a proud supporter of Action for Children. They are an organisation Refurnish has developed a close working relationship with over the past few years working together to ensure the local 'Spirit of Christmas' children's event takes place on a yearly basis. To read more click here

Platform 51 (formerly known as YWCA)

Is the leading charity working with the most disadvantaged young women in England and Wales. Initially YWCA was funded in 1855 by Miss Emma Robarts and The Hon Mrs Arthur Kinnaid. Robarts organised groups for young women and kinnaid opened a hostel in Upper Charlotte Street, London for Florence Nightingale's nurses, en route to and from the Cinema. Their work focuses on girls and young women from poor communities who are the hardest to reach. As well as poverty they face other problems such as addiction, racism or violence. Platform 51 purpose is to develop the leadership and collective power of women and girls around the world to achieve justice, peace, health, freedom and a sustainable environment for all people. To read more click here

Identities

Identities programme is a self development resource for women who have lost some or all of their identity and now want to take action to produce amazing results in their life.

  • Encouraging personal achievement
  • Building confidence and self esteem
  • Developing new ways of breaking old patterns
  • Taking responsibility for our own future
  • Focussing on health and well being

To read more click here

Doncaster Little Theatre

In the 1930's a group of local theatre enthudiasts decided to form an amateur dramatic group and called themselves "The doncaster Literary Society". They began searching for a new premises centrally located and affordable, which could convert to a theatre of their own. After a few false starts  they dilapidated L-shaped warehouse on King St was located and seemed to have possibilities. In Aumtumn of 1994 all the then members of the lit launched into the conversion of King St into the New Doncaster Little Theatre which opened in March 1995 with the production of Terrance Rattigan's "The Deep blue Sea". To read more click here

South Yorkshire Financial Inclusion Groups

South Yorkshire Financial Inclusion Groups offer a range of services to assist individuals who have found themselves in financial difficulty. This includes; financial advice for individuals trying to budget, savings identification, debt advice, accessing bank and saving accounts, affordable credit and insurance products. Training, counselling and mentoring support on money management and helping to plan for the future and cope with financial pressure.

Other services from the groups include:

  • Financial action planning
  • Mapping income and outgoings
  • Advocacy
  • Negotiating with creditors
  • Accessing basic bank accounts and products
  • Accessing affordable credit

To access these services for your local area please use the following links;

Rothersave Credit Union

Rothersave Credit Union Ltd was established in April 1998 and provides a financial service for anyone who lives or works within the boundary of Rotherham in South Yorkshire. It is wholly owned and controlled by its members.A specially trained Board of Directors oversee the running of the credit union and ensures that it operates within policies and relevant pieces of legislation. Rothersave is regulated by the Financial Services Authority. To read more click here

Green Gables

Green Gables has both Supported Housing for young mums and young mums to be aged 16 – 25 (priority given to 16 - 18 year olds) and also a floating support service for anyone who is 16+, father, mother or carer with a child. As part of the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy, Doncaster is working towards reducing the levels of social exclusion faced by teenage parents and their children. Green Gables accommodation service is an initiative set up in Doncaster and run by Sheffield YWCA which aims to address these issues for the young people that we support. We offer accommodation in the Mexborough & Denaby areas.

Social Education Centres

There are presently five Social Education Centres in the Doncaster district. Under normal circumstances an assessment by Doncaster Council may be required to access these services. The Centres offer a variety of activities and training to meet individual needs, for example, Adwick also has a horticultural unit where training is provided which leads to a recognised qualification, and Hayfield has connections with Hayfield Wheelers, a cycle repair shop run by adults with a learning disability. Services users at all the Centres have an opportunity to take part in a range of activities. To read more click here

  • Adwick Social Education Centre, Village Street, Adwick Le Street, Doncaster. Telephone: (01302) 721494
  • Cedar Social Education Centre, Warde Avenue, Balby, Doncaster. Telephone: (01302) 853298
  • Conisbrough Social Education Centre, Old Road, Conisbrough, Doncaster. Telephone: (01709) 862097
  • Hayfield Social Education Centres, Hayfield Lane, Auckley, Doncaster. Telephone: (01302) 772726
  • Thorne Social Education Centre, Coulman Road, Thorne, Doncaster. Telephone: (01405) 812065

Hayfield Wheelers

Hayfield Wheelers have been established for a number of years and are a specialist organisations owned, run and staffed by people with special educational needs. Their primary aim is to provide a service to maintain and repair bicycles for the general public of the Doncaster district. In addition, they also take end of life bikes (donatated by organisations such as Refunish) and repair them for resale to the public. To read more click here

Dearne Valley Eco Vision

Dearne Valley Eco Visions goal is for a whole new future and a whole new identity for the Dearne Valley as the first Eco Park in the UK. The Dearne will be a place where everything is eco, where a complete transformation will touch every aspect of life in the area in a dynamic and innovative way. As a first step we want the Dearne to have the lowest carbon footprint of any comparable place – within ten years - and we want everyone to get involved! To read more click here

Six Street Projects

The Six Streets Hyde Park scheme Transformational Project began on the 1st April 2005 as a Partnership between Doncaster Council, New Deal for Communities and the local residents with funding from what is now the Department of Communities and Local Government. It was estimated to be a 5-6 year programme to transform this area of Hyde Park.The project is intended to create a radical transformation of an area of pre-1919 terraced houses through selective demolition, area remodelling, home improvement, new build provision, environmental improvements with improved use of public space and a cross tenure approach to area management with strong resident involvement. As part of the project, a showroom was set up at No 4 Childers Street, Hyde Park by the Refurnish team. To read more click here

Doncaster Ju Jitsu Club

Doncaster Ju Jitsu club has been in operation for a number of years and works with numerous people from across the community to provide self defense classes to children, young adults and adults. The Ju Jitsu practiced at the club is based on traditional Japanese techniques. The basic principle of Ju Jitsu is to use the opponents force against them. Techniques include; throws, locks and strikes from a standing position and on the ground. Self defense includes; disengagements or escapes from being held forcibly by an attacker. This wide range of techniques makes it an ideal martial art for self defense. To read more click here