Access

RivelinCo is an arts centre ‘without walls’ which means we don’t have a single space that we always use. Instead, we work in lots of different spaces across Hillsborough and the surrounding areas, and sometimes at other places in Sheffield. To find specific access information about the spaces we work in, scroll to the bottom of this page or click here.

Accessibility is really important to us. If you have any questions or would like to chat about your access requirements, please get in touch with us by emailing access@rivelinco.org or calling 0114 327 1670. We are a small team so may not always be available to take a call straight away, but if you leave a message we will always get back to you.


Age Guidance

We suggest an age guidance for most events. Some are suitable for everyone. Some are specifically for children of a certain age and their families. Some are just for adults (16+). We specify this on each event. If you’re not sure, please get in touch.

Babes-in-Arms

Many of our events, including some of our adults only events, welcome babes-in-arms. This means new parents are able to attend with babies young enough to be held or in the pram during the session – we generally suggest this would be until a maximum of 6 months old. When an event is suitable for babes-in-arms, you’ll see the relevant symbol on the what’s on and event pages.

Breastfeeding

If you are attending an activity or event with your baby (see babes-in-arms for more information) then you are very welcome to breastfeed in the session, or if you’d prefer to leave and come back we are happy to accommodate that too. More information about toilets and break-out spaces can be found here.

Bursaries

For the activities that cost money, we also run a bursary and referral scheme. We work with local partners for this, including Age UK Sheffield, S6 Food Bank, and Zest. We also offer free spaces on family activities for children eligible for free school meals, through the Sheffield Healthy Holidays programme. For more information please email access@rivelinco.org or call our office on 0114 327 1670.

Captioned Events

When we show films, they always have captions. When an event is captioned, you’ll see the relevant symbol on the what’s on and event pages.

Carers

Carers and personal assistants are able to attend all activities and events for free. Please let us know that you will be bringing a carer/PA with you when you book, so that we can make sure there is enough space for everyone.

Covid-19

Hand sanitiser and masks are available at all our activities. We ask people not to attend if they are showing symptoms of Covid-19 in order to keep our community safe. Masks are not mandatory, but you are welcome to wear one if you would feel more comfortable. Workshop leaders and staff generally do not wear masks, but this may change depending on government guidance.

Dementia Friendly Events

Some of our events are dementia friendly – this means they happen in the daytime, have adjusted light and sound settings, have fiddle mats available, and have additional staff and volunteers who have training in dementia awareness. It is recommended that people with advanced dementia attend with a carer or family member. When an event is dementia friendly, you’ll see the relevant symbol on the what’s on and event pages.

Equipment

Ear defenders

We usually have a few pairs of ear defenders available to borrow if you need them.

Stim toys and fiddle mats

For dementia friendly events we usually have a few knitted fiddle mats available to borrow if you need them. At the moment we don’t have other stim toys available, but we are fundraising to purchase these for people to borrow.

Accessible craft equipment

We are currently fundraising for accessible versions of all of our craft equipment but we do not currently have these available. If you need something specific to be able to take part, please let us know when you book and we’ll do our best to source, buy or borrow it.

Feeling anxious or nervous

If you are feeling anxious or nervous about coming to an activity, or it would help you to see the space before you come for any other reason, we can arrange for someone to meet you in advance.

Food and Drink

Water and hot drinks are normally provided for free at workshops and activities. Sometimes we sell refreshments at larger events, for example Makers Markets, shows, or screenings – but you are usually able to bring your own food and drink if you prefer unless the event specifies otherwise. Sometimes food is provided at an event, and if this is the case it will be clear in the event description, and you will be asked about your dietary requirements when you book.

LGBTQ+

We welcome the LGBTQ+ community to any and all of our activities and events. Practical information about toilets and accessibility for the spaces we work in can be found here. Sometimes events are specifically for the LGBTQ+ community, and when this is the case you’ll see the relevant symbol on the what’s on and event pages.

Prices

Free

Many of our activities are free. Some free events still require advance booking, and some are drop-in. Check the individual event for details.

Pay-what-you-can

Some of our events are pay-what-you-can. Sometimes they’re free or pay-what-you-can, which means you can come for free or choose to donate. Others are just pay-what-you-can, and in this case there is sometimes a minimum donation of £1. It’s a fair way to make sure everyone can take part, no matter how much money they have.

Paid tickets

We subsidise our paid tickets to make sure they’re as affordable as possible. Most things cost more for us to put on than we make from ticket sales, and the gap is supported by our kind funders.

Pay-it-forward

Sometimes we have a pay-it-forward option. This is usually a ticket which costs a little more – if you can afford to pay a little extra, your kind contribution will fund bursaries for local people who couldn’t otherwise afford to come.

Relaxed Events

Most of our shows and screenings are relaxed – this means you can come and go as you please, make noise or move around if you need to, and information about what is going to happen is available in advance if you need it. Some of our workshops and activities are relaxed too. When an event is relaxed, you’ll see the relevant symbol on the what’s on and event pages.

Toilets

We work in lots of different spaces. You can find information about the toilets (accessibility, gender, changing places etc) on the Our Spaces page.

Our Spaces

As an arts centre without walls, we work in lots of different types of spaces in the local area. We try to provide as much access information as we can about each of the spaces we work in. If you struggle to find the information you need on any of the links below, please email access@rivelinco.org and we’ll do our best to find out for you.

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339 Middlewood Road

Our new HQ is a shop front on Hillsborough High Street. Before we moved in it had been empty for over 20 years! The space is our office and meeting space, and it’s also available to hire for community or artistic activities, on a pay-what-you-can basis.

The Bradbury Makers’ Shed, Hillsborough Park

a photograph of the front door and sign. On the door it says welcome in big bold lettering.

The Bradbury Makers’ Shed is part of Gathering Ground, the collective name for several venues in Hillsborough Park which are managed by Age UK Sheffield. RivelinCo are the official creative partner for the spaces, so several of our activities take place there.

The Pavilion, Hillsborough Park

The Pavilion is part of Gathering Ground, the collective name for several venues in Hillsborough Park which are managed by Age UK Sheffield. RivelinCo are the official creative partner for the spaces, so several of our activities take place there.

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