At Routeways our aim is simple - to grow a sustainable charity where we improve the quality of life of people and where people

To grow a sustainable charity
where we improve the quality of life of people and

To achieve our aim we have the following objectives:

  1. Become self-sustaining through developing social enterprise and income generation streams
  2. Provide excellent childcare that meets the needs of our community
  3. Provide appropriate, accessible and inclusive learning opportunities for everyone in our community
  4. Provide opportunities for our community to become more informed about health and wellbeing  and become more healthier and fitter
  5. Develop high calibre, appropriately qualified, enthusiastic and motivated people who are committed to contributing to Routeways’ success
Our Story

The organisation was set up in 2000 as an independent charity to run a community facility. Since then it has gone from strength to strength by expanding the space available for activities and delivering its own services such as childcare, adult learning health and well-being projects. Outline below is our story:1999 -In 1999, with the closure and demolition of the Foundry Street youth club, a meeting was held by representatives of local Ravensthorpe based community groups about the possibility of acquiring a building for general community use.

After many meetings and discussions between them and Kirklees Council, it was agreed that if representatives could come together to form a group, Kirklees Council would support them in acquiring and running a community building through available European SRB Grant funding.

With St Johns Ambulance Centre looking for new premises their building came up for sale, it was purchased by the newly formed group in 1999 and renamed as the Ravensthorpe Community Centre.

2000 -The building underwent a series of alterations to make it more suitable for use as a community centre, the building had disabled ramps put in and the rooms were changed to make then suitable for community use. In May 2000 the building was officially opened by Mayor of Kirkless.

The building subsequently became very popular with regular users such as a wide range of community groups, the local further education college holding learning classes and a local provider delivering crèche facilities.

2005 -In 2005 it became apparent that adult learning was becoming very popular, however the lack of crèche places meant learners who were parents had to be turned away. In response the community centre management planned on an ambitious programme of expansion in the form of a building extension to house a state of the art ICT suite and a purpose built childcare facility capable of meeting the demand for childcare and nursery places.2006 -Fundraising of over £400,000 was undertaken with grant funding secured from the European Regional Development Fund and the Big Lottery to build the extension.2007 -The building work on the extension was undertaken in 2007 with the nursery opening in December.2008 -The demand for adult learning was rising meteorically and both the Local College and the Local Authority found it difficult meet the demand. The Community Centre undertook its first foray into delivering adult learning through a partnership project.2009 -The Community Centre went through the quality assurance process with City and Guilds and started to deliver accredited learning courses. It was also successful in getting approval to deliver learning courses on behalf of the Local Authority. The Information Advice and Guidance delivered by the Community Centre was also externally verified and consequently successfully achieved the Matrix standard which illustrated the high standard of delivery.

Our community needs analysis highlighted that there was a burgeoning demand for young people’s activity. A building across the road from the existing site become available with the owner agreeing to sell it to the Community Centre for community use with a grace period of a year for the Community Centre to raise the money for the purchase.

2010 -The community centre raised £170,000 for both the purchase and the renovation of the annexe building.2011 -The renovation work was undertaken in the annexe building and youth groups along with other community groups started taking advantage of the space provided by the building. This year saw the securing of approximately £500,000 over 5 years of Big Lottery grant funding to deliver health and community learning activities. The Community Centre was also successful in securing over £100,000 to deliver ESOL across Kirklees as the lead partner in a consortium.

This was a particularly successful year for the nursery as it achieved the highly coveted ‘Outstanding’ in the OFSTED inspection in all competency areas.

2012 -With the Community Centre delivering a diverse range of activities (especially health activities) in areas across Kirklees, a reorganisation and rebrand of the charity took place. The name was changed to Routeways and the program delivery was divided into four categories, Childcare, Learning, Health and Wellbeing and Social Enterprise.2013 -Great strides were made in the delivery of our health strand with the Community Centre securing over £70,000 to deliver health related activity.

Our Service

To achieve our aims and objectives our work is delivered under the following four strands:

  • Childcare

    Routeways offers ‘OFSTED Outstanding’ nursery and childcare in purpose built facilities in Ravensthorpe..
  • Learning

    A wide range of learning courses are delivered in community venues all across Kirklees for learners of all ages and abilities...
  • Health and Wellbeing

    Routeways delivers information awareness sessions relating to all types of health and wellbeing issues along with a range of exercise and sport sessions aimed at getting everyone more active...
  • Social Enterprise

    We deliver a range of services for the community where a small charge is applied. Simply by using these services your money helps to finance the charitable work of Routeways... 
Funding Bodies

As part of our strategy of moving towards income generation we have been successful in delivering contracts for the following organisations:

  • Kirklees Council Adult Learning Team
  • Kirklees Council External Funding Team
  • Nursery Education Fund
  • Clinical Commissioning Group

We also apply for project funding from a range of national and local grant funders for specific projects. In recent years these have included:

  • Big Lottery Reaching Communities
  • Awards for All
  • Trusthouse Charitable Trust
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Waste Recycling Environmental Network (WREN)
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Our partners

We always try to work in partnership with other organisations rather than working alone. People we’ve teamed up with to enhance what we do and bring the best to Sheffield include:

  • Quest for Economic Development
  • Sure Start
  • Kirklees Council
  • ZESS Social Enterprise
  • Third Sector Leaders
  • SACK

We are accredited by the following bodies to deliver their courses:

  • City and Guilds
  • Asdan

We have been Quality Assured by the following organisation

  • Matrix – for maintaining their quality standards when delivering Information, advice and guidance to our service users

There are currently no vacancies available, however if you would like to be notified of future opportunities please send us your CV along with covering letter on [email protected]

Voluntaries: We are always looking for voluntaries please feel free to contact.