The source of our charity

The River Holme starts life on the moorland above Holmfirth. As it flows north, it’s joined by many tributaries, including New Mill Dike, River Ribble and Meltham Dike. Finally the River Holme empties into the larger River Colne at Aspley, near Huddersfield Town Centre, in West Yorkshire.

The River Holme and tributaries have been the lifeblood of communities for centuries. Unfortunately, years of unintentional neglect led to invasive species taking hold, litter pollution and riverbank erosion. Meanwhile buildings and infrastructure reduced access to the river.

Making a difference

In 2012, a group of like-minded individuals got together to improve the River Holme in Holmfirth. Following successful clean-up events with ever-growing numbers of volunteers, it became clear that local people really cared about the river. By 2015, the desire to make more improvements throughout the catchment became a reality and charity River 2015 was created.

Today, boasting a flood of success stories, our charity is known by the public name, River Holme Connections.

Read more about our projects.

How our charity works

Our charity has a Board of Trustees and a small team who take care of the day-to-day activities. We’re also helped by an army of volunteers who are truly amazing, offering a wealth of skills and knowledge to help our charity function and grow.

Our trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for leading and running our charity in a business-focussed and socially responsible way. Our Trustees have a range of complementary skills and experience that benefit our charity. Above all, they’re all passionate about improving the River Holme catchment.

Our team

The daily running of our charity is down to our small team.

Operations Manager, Jane Skilling works part-time and keeps everything running smoothly. River Steward, Simon Hirst is in charge of the practical work and knows pretty much all there is to know about creating and maintaining healthy river environments. Communications Lead, Jeanette Dyson, works on specific projects to keeps everyone up to date with events and latest news. Dan Eustance, is our planning expert who makes our capital projects happen.

Our supporting cast

Our charity simply could not function without the help and support of our dedicated volunteers and the many companies and organisations who support our work by giving their time and/or funding.

To all of our dedicated and valued volunteers we say a heartfelt THANK YOU!

Find out how you can get involved.

Just some of our volunteers in action.