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 see Riverside House as Dudley Borough’s flagship health and well-being centre. Deborah Harkins-Director of Public Health, Dudley MBC
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