Riverside House is a particularly beautiful and ecologically diverse site in the historic heart of Stourbridge. This derelict, early 19th Century, ironworks, was part of a conglomerate that was amongst the largest in the UK. Over the next several years it will be transformed into a heritage centre with gardens, restaurant, crafts shop, woodland and workshops, but also a place where people feel included and bespoke opportunities are provided.
This is a perfect environment that caters for the needs of a wide range of individuals to engage in practical skills activities through the actual conservation and preservation of the Riverside House estate. Practical skills have a proven efficacy in providing outcomes such as improvements in well-being, self-esteem, social inclusivity and physical health.
We welcome the exciting proposals being put forward and look forward to further discussions about how they might benefit people with autism and mental health problems in Dudley.Councillor Rachel Harris-cabinet member for health and wellbeing
Too often the efforts of those with mental health and learning needs are dismissed. This project offers a meaningful opportunity to transform this grade II listed heritage site and leave a lasting legacy for all to visit.Nikki Burrows-Children, Young People and Families Development Officer
A project such as Riverside House has the potential to transform the prospects of a whole community.Kate Braithwaite MBE-Operations Director at UnLtd-grant funders who support social entrepreneurship
A brilliant and ambitious social regeneration project.Charles Rapson CEO-School for Social Entrepreneurs, Midlands-grant funders who support social entrepreneurship
This is inspiring work @_RiversideHouse.Robert Macfarlane – Author of Landmarks