SDRN Case Studies

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Sport in Desford

By Bridget Elliott on 25th June 2013

Location: Desford is a village in the Hinckley and Bosworth district, 7 miles (11 km) west of the centre of Leicester.

Aim: The installation of a 23kWp solar PV array and other environmental measures as part of a wider refurbishment of a community sports centre.

Background: Sport in Desford (SiD) is a community-owned sports centre and charity set up to promote and provide sports facilities including bowls, tennis, football, recreational fitness and running.

Fenham Swimming Pool

By Bridget Elliott on 25th June 2013

Location: Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne

Aim: Fenham Swimming Pool has installed a 53kW (76m2) flat plate solar thermal system to provide direct heating to the swimming pool.

Background: Fenham swimming facility had been closed by Newcastle council. A local charity called Fenham Swimming Project was formed and the pool was re-opened to the public.

Osprey Leisure Centre

By Bridget Elliott on 25th June 2013

Location: Portland, Dorset.

Aim: The installation of a 10kWp array of solar PV panels on the Osprey Leisure Centre in Portland.

Background: Osprey Leisure Centre is an ex-Navy building which was taken over by South Dorset Community Sports Trust in 2007 to provide recreation and sports facilities for the local community.

Aston University Go Green Awards

By SDRN on 24th September 2012

This case study is courtesy of Sustainability West Midlands.

Award: Highly commended – Business in the Community West Midlands START Awards 2011 – Engaging Employees in Sustainability

Location: Aston University

Background: In order to raise awareness of the issues surrounding sustainability and improve their environmental performance Aston University has made efforts involving staff to ‘Go Green’.


By SDRN on 15th August 2012
Spice is a social enterprise focused on the use of time-credits as a means for facilitating the inclusive delivery of mainstream public and community services. Initially established as the Institute for Community Currencies at the University of Wales, primarily working in the Welsh Valleys, the initiative has since expanded, along with their sister organisation, ‘Timebanking Wales’. The decline in the mining industry across South Wales resulted in the exclusion of many individuals and communities from the market economy, leading to widespread disengagement, weakened social capital and growing social problems. The Spice initiative aims to rebuild the relationship between such communities and agencies. Agencies encourage community members to actively deliver community services, run community cafes, transfer learning, run support groups, after-school clubs, bingo nights and comedy events etc; every hour ‘donated’ by an individual to such activities is an hour which can be used to access other community events, trips and services of personal salience.