Thanks to a generous grant from the LEADER fund almost the whole of the Birchcliffe Centre is now accessible to all.

A total of £138 million was made available in England between 2015 and 2020 under the scheme. LEADER is part of the RDPE. It is a French acronym (Liaison Entre Actions de Développement de l’Économie Rurale) which roughly translates as ‘Liaison among Actors in Rural Economic Development’ . The scheme was adminstered locally by Pennine Prospects.

The grant has allowed access to the ground and lower ground floors of the centre via the Chapel Avenue doors, where en external ramp and two platform lifts have been installed. Accessible toilets have also been created on both floors. This means that everyone can now access reception, the offices, yoga studio and ceramics hub.

The main hall continues to be accessed via the doors adjacent to the car park. A grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale allowed the car park to be resurfaced and the provision of a accessible parking space.

Pennine Heritage has an ongoing program of work to make the whole of the centre accessible to all.

If you have any further queries about access, please don’t hesitate to contact us.