From trouble school to a hub of health and wellbeing, the Story of Threeways.

Englands largest asset transfer, in the heart of some of Halifax’s most deprived estates, has established itself as a hub for health and wellbeing through employment of its community.

Ovendens former notorious Ridings school has been transformed from a derelict and depressive site to Threeways: a central North Halifax hub which promotes self-empowerment through exercise, training and education.

In the not-for-profit organisation’s first year, it has began to establish solid links wi its community, achieve its social policy and planning progressive welfare measures.

Threeways chief executive officer Colin Davies and director Martin Durgan uphold Threeways is at the forefront of social wellbeing due to its model of community ownership at the centre.

We want the community of North Halifax to feel like they have ownership of Threeways. Firstly, we would not be able to function without our volunteers-our gymnasium, which has more than 100 active members, is open 85 hours per week and we have one paid member of staff, the remaining hours covered by volunteers.

Presently, the centre runs a Volunteer Plus Programme; offering attendees training in practical employment skills such as painting and decorating, plumbing and retail over an eight week course for 30 hours per week.  The course is authorised by the Job Centre. Over the next six months, Threeways aims to enrol 40 men and women on the course with at least one in four of those going on to full-time employment.

“We want to establish good links with local employers.  We train unemployed people to prepare them with skills to re-enter the workforce” said Mr Davies.

The centre also runs one and two-day courses in trade skills.