Tuesday, August 1, 2023

News: A further £893,000 for Rotherham Children's Capital of Culture


Rotherham Council has selected which regeneration projects and programmes are to receive funding over the next few years, including the Children’s Capital of Culture idea, extending business support schemes and addressing funding gaps in projects aiming to boost the visitor and leisure economy.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a Government-allocated fund which is intended to reduce inequalities between communities, as part of the Government’s wider “levelling up” agenda. Rotherham is set to recieve £6.4m for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The borough's allocation of £7.2m over three years from April 2022 is a figure much less than the borough has previously used for regeneration through European Union funding pots.

The funding will be used to deliver against Rotherham Partnership priorities and commitments and also ensure that a number of projects previously funded through the European Structural Funds can continue.

With £1.6m, startup support through the Launchpad scheme is set to continue thanks to UKSPF funds, as well as other sub regional schemes addressing productivity and reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.

In Rotherham , Rotherham’s business centres are set for a £235,000 upgrade to enhance the offer, including creating co-working space at Moorgate Crofts. £200,000 has also been allocated for a small grants programme for rural businesses.

Building on Rotherham Council's social value efforts, £235,000 has been allocated to "coordinate and enhance social value activity, focused on increasing local spend through anchor organisations’ procurement activity."

One of the largest allocations is just over £1m to support the delivery of capital schemes across Rotherham as shortfalls have been identified at Gulliver's Valley, Wentworth Woodhouse and Maltby Learning Trust - projects that were part of the successful bid for £19.9m from the Government's Levelling Up Fund.

The Children’s Capital of Culture programme has been allocated two pots.

Rotherham is branding itself as the world's first Children's Capital of Culture in 2025. The move is part of a cultural strategy with an action that is described as highlighting Rotherham as "a place people want to visit, where everyone can enjoy Rotherham through the eyes, ears and actions of children and young people."

£421,502 is set to extend and expand the traineeship programme that was previously funded by the Government's Community Renewal Fund.

A further £471,664 has been allocated as investment in existing and new events and festivals across the borough linked to Children’s Capital of Culture, "building capacity in community organisations and groups and creating more resilient models for grass roots programmes."

This should complement the £280,000 allocation as additional funding to deliver a regular programme of events in the town centre to increase footfall.

To support employment in the borough, a £1,291,013 allocation will go to four projects "covering the journey from initial engagement with those hardest to reach, through to sustainable employment and career progression."

Rotherham Council's cabinet is being asked to approve the allocations before they go in front of SYMCA’s local partnership group,

Images: Children's Capital of Culture / Facebook


Anonymous,  August 1, 2023 at 4:31 PM  

Massive waste of money , wherever cash as come from....and Rotherham children's capital of culture! Couldn't make it up, capital of Pakistani groomers maybe!

Anonymous,  August 1, 2023 at 5:43 PM  

There looks to be some good uses of money in this. The stuff with the business centres seems to be a positive step, grants for small rural businesses (the devil with this will be in the detail, but I can understand a need for that), and encouraging partners to invest in local businesses, nothing wrong with that. In fact, I'd go as far to say, all very progressive.

Then there's money being squandered on the Children's Capital of Culture. A project that will do nothing but drag the battered name of our town through the mud once again. I've said it before, but the whole concept is in appallingly bad taste... a potential PR disaster for Rotherham and something that makes a mockery of all those poor people who had their lives ruined by the shameful CSE scandal.

Please, please, please RMBC cabinet members, kick this capital of culture thing into touch before it does any more damage.

Anonymous,  August 1, 2023 at 6:59 PM  

Disgraceful post

Anonymous,  August 1, 2023 at 8:27 PM  

Please take your offensive comments elsewhere. It really is time this website introduced moderation of comments

Jez August 1, 2023 at 9:36 PM  

Couldn't agree more. This guy (surely there can only be one person responsible for this bile?) is beyond the pale. Time for him to be sent to the dustbin where he belongs.

Anonymous,  August 2, 2023 at 2:16 PM  

Their comments may be distasteful but what part of it is incorrect?

Anonymous,  August 2, 2023 at 2:58 PM  

Only in Rotherham do try and put out fires by dowsing them with petrol. I don't agree with the language used in the first post, but I think the whole idea of Rotherham being a children's capital of culture is a bad one. In my view it should not receive a penny of public money to pay for it.

Anonymous,  August 3, 2023 at 12:57 PM  

I agree too,as for the statement..well it might be deemed by some as offensive,but its Reality,in truth This council make the town look a laughing stock Capital of children's culture!They're having a laugh!

Anonymous,  August 3, 2023 at 4:09 PM  

With venues such as Magna, Gullivers Valley and Grimm and Co Rotherham is already a major tourist attraction for families, so hosting the Capital of Culture event will only enhance and expand on this. No one is denying there has been problems in the past around grooming though this should not define every decision moving forward. If this was the case nothing would happen anywhere as every town/city/village has had problems at some point.

Jez August 3, 2023 at 8:34 PM  

What a sensible and thoughtful post. It won't register with many on here though aa they are unable to move on.

Rothguy August 3, 2023 at 8:58 PM  

Sadly as much as I would like us to move on the capital of culture is laughable to many people not from Rotherham and people see it as a bit of a joke title

Anonymous,  August 7, 2023 at 5:47 PM  

I wouldn't mind if the references to SE contained an ounce of compassion for the young people involved.But they don't. It is just used as a stick to continually beat the town.We do need to move on and to place young people at the heart of everything we do.

Anonymous,  August 8, 2023 at 4:28 PM  

"Sadly as much as I would like us to move on the capital of culture is laughable to many people not from Rotherham and people see it as a bit of a joke title"

How many people have you consulted to come to this blanket conclusion?

Jez August 9, 2023 at 5:18 PM  

Good point, with the answer almost certainly being zero.

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