River Holme Connections’s charity objects are:
Vision and mission
Transforming the River Holme catchment for the benefit of residents, business, visitors and wildlife.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
We warmly welcome four new trustees Paul Coleman, Chris Green, Clare Hallas and Rob Walker strengthening the board of trustees to eight.
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. River Ranger, Ffion Robb, looks after the river catchment area and our enthusiastic volunteers. Natasha Houghton, is our Year in Industry student placement and will be involved in all aspects of the charity’s work.
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.