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It's official! Our Coach House project has the green light! We are absolutely thrilled and cannot wait for our plans to become a reality. Work is scheduled to start in April to revive Hillsborough Park’s listed former Coach House into a dementia-friendly older people’s centre and cafe. Thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and support from the community and Sheffield City Council, this project is finally about to get started!
On this page, you can find out more about the project, how it started and how we have got to where we are now. You can also find out more about our plans for the Coach House and how you can get involved in them, whether that's through applying to deliver one of our activity projects, or helping us to fundraise or volunteer! See all the info below.

Latest News

  • Coach House redevelopment set to start

    Age UK Sheffield are thrilled to announce that they have received formal permission from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to start the redevelopment of the Old Coach House in Hillsborough Park, after signing the lease with Sheffield City Council.

  • 1m Café Project Gets Lottery Funding

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund have awarded local charity Age UK Sheffield £581,500* to restore the derelict Grade II Listed Old Coach House building, next to Hillsborough Library. The nearby Potting Shed will be renovated as a creative Makers’ Shed, whilst Age UK Sheffield will also manage community facilities at the park’s Bowling Pavilion.

Get Involved!

The success of our Old Coach House project has been founded on the support and involvement of the local community in Sheffield and the input of local people will be even more important as we move towards bringing these new facilities to reality.

As well as the community café, the ancillary Potting Shed building will become a creative “Makers’ Shed” space and the Hillsborough Park Bowling Pavilion will also be operated by Age UK Sheffield. This campus of facilities will host a programme of activities open to the entire community, with a particular focus on ensuring accessibility for older people and people living with dementia or long-term health conditions.

As part of this development, we are now seeking proposals from partners to deliver a range of activity projects to engage people with the heritage of the Old Coach House building, Hillsborough Park, and the wider local community.
There are 4 activities now open to applications from potential delivery partners. Please see these listed below (click on the titles to open a drop down box with more information).

Apply to Deliver one of our Coach House Activity Projects

Community Engagement Project: Our Hillsborough

Application deadline: April 19th 2021.
Activity Project: Our Hillsborough
Activity Brief Summary:
This is a Community Project to gather key local history stories related to the Old Coach House, the Walled Garden, Hillsborough Hall, Hillsborough Park and the immediate neighbourhood through a Community Project approach. This activity is aimed at local people with an interest in local history.

At the end of it people will have learnt about the local heritage and more importantly they will have developed new skills which could form a foundation for ongoing engagement with the finished exhibition.

Download full details and application form by clicking here.

Community Education Project: Coach House Kids

Application Deadline: April 19th 2021
Activity Project: Coach House Kids
Activity Brief Summary:
An Education/Learning Project that will create a range of renewable learning materials for both formal and informal educational use.
The project will deliver a  number of renewable learning resources developed from the local history research material designed to engage children from Early Years to KS2 including a Park Kids ‘Treasure Trail’, seasonally-changing  café Kids Activity Box material and a National Curriculum KS2 Teachers’ Pack for use in the Park.

Download full details and application form by clicking here.

Community Theatre and Arts Project: Meeting Of Minds

Application Deadline: April 19th 2021
Activity Project: Coach House Kids
Activity Brief Summary:
A ‘fun/interactive’ project designed to particularly reach out to non-traditional audiences drawn from the local community and the community of park users. Whilst this is delivered as a piece of interactive community theatre the idea is also to capture participation moments by photography, film and in words  with a view of allowing parts of this to also form part of the permanent ‘Timeline’ exhibition (Activity 6).
The Project detail is to be developed and managed by an appropriate local Community Theatre Company assisted by the Communication Officer (Activity 1) and any willing local volunteers.

Download full details and application form by clicking here.

Coach House Cafe:Timeline Exhibition

Application Deadline: April 19th 2021
Activity Project: Timeline Exhibition
Activity Brief Summary:
The design, production and installation of a small, permanent exhibition largely within the Coach House Café that will utilise selected material developed during the activity projects and which helps to bring to life the history of the Coach House in context with the former Hillsborough Hall, the Victorian Park, the fourth-oldest League football club in England and the surrounding Hillsborough neighbourhood as a permanent, fully accessible project legacy.

Download full details and application form by clicking here.

Apply for our Commercial Partnership Opportunity: Cafe/Hospitality Operator 

Cafe/Hospitality Operator Application

Application Deadline: April 19th 2021
As part of this project, we are now seeking a café/hospitality partner to whom we would sub-contract the entire operation of the Coach House café.

Download full details and application form by clicking here.

Keep up to date

Would you like us to keep you up to date on progress and opportunities to get involved? If so, you can sign up to our Coach House Project mailing list. You will be able to unsubscribe at anytime.


There are going to be a range of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer in supporting activities for older people on site. We aren’t at the stage yet where we can recruit volunteers for specific roles, so we recommend signing up to our Coach House mailing list, so that we can alert you when we are ready to receive applications. Please click here to sign up to our Coach House mailing list.

If you would like to volunteer for Age UK Sheffield in the meantime, that would be amazing! We have a huge variety of roles outside of our Coach House Project. Visit our volunteering page by clicking here to see our list of volunteer roles. 


We are extremely grateful to gain the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund for this project, but we still have more fundraising to do in order to fund items for the activities we will providing for older people across Sheffield. We plan to offer a variety of inclusive activities to reduce social isolation and loneliness, form gardening and crafting to sewing and photography! All of these activities will require resources (that quickly add up!)

If you would like to support our project by getting involved in fundraising, that would be amazing!
At this point in the process, we don’t have any specific fundraising projects just yet, but we do have lots of ideas! If you'd like to find out when we launch our fundraising cmapaign, and stay up to date on the Coach House project, we recommend signing up to our Coach House mailing list,  Please click here to sign up to our Coach House mailing list.

If you're already keen to get started and do your own thing, Please click here to visit our fundraising page, which is full of great fundraising ideas and examples. Any money you raise for this project will be a huge help, but please ensure you contact us before you donate, so we can be sure the money raised is donated either specifically for the Coach House project.