The Whitworth is a Charitable Trust dependant on the support of local people.  Every penny that comes from the sale of an ice cream in the cafe, or a donation made to us, is reinvested in the building and park. Naturally being an old, large, listed building, with a lot of beautiful park land, it costs quite a lot to run. Indeed we need to raise around £500,000 each year to do this.

As a Charity, our aims are to make the best use of the Building and Park to:

  • Help enhance physical, social and mental well-being of local people
  • Help reduce social isolation and loneliness in our community
  • Help create stronger, rewarding relationships in families and local groups
  • Help people make greener choices and improve the environment.

We do this through the provision of a range of services that bring people together in a welcoming and safe environment, sharing the wonderful setting and heritage that comes with the Whitworth Centre.

  • Over 40 Clubs and Charities regularly use our facilities
  • Thousands of delegates attend Conferences and meetings. This excludes walk in days such as NHS careers days and DCC exhibition days
  • 250 people regularly attend health and fitness classes or clubs
  • 230 people attend regular community/social events every week covering the generations from Wayfinders (primary school) to Dementia sufferers at Memory Lane events.
  • 120 people regularly attend educational classes at the centre including WEA, U3A and private groups covering history, languages and pre-natal courses
  • We have a growing number of events, from weddings to pantomimes to children’s parties

In the Park:

  • Used by thousands of people of all ages
  • Regular organised activities include Mums Bootcamp, 3 different Yoga Classes, Running Revolution, Matlock Cycle club, Football (including a toddlers session), Croquet Club, Bowls Club, Thread (100-150 people per month), School activity, Dark/White Cycle events, Dog agility classes, Charity fund raisers and the very well supported Fireworks night that had over 1500 visitors

Focus of our work

Our work is focused in the following areas:

1.             Financial sustainability
We must keep the building and park for future generations. Financial sustainability is being improved largely through growth in activities at the Centre. To this end, we have invested in an events kitchen in 2018 and 2019, to enable larger conferences and events to be fully serviced on site. Through this time, we have maintained discounted rates for community and charity groups, saving local people significant amounts of money. Management has also sought to ensure that the services that we buy are bought more efficiently and that tighter controls exist to make sure spend is well managed.

2.             Ensuring we deliver services in line with our aims and our values
Whether it is enabling people to simply stroll around the park and enjoy the wonderful surroundings, or to come together as friends and families, in larger events, such as our annual Fireworks event, the Whitworth really is there for all generations and its inclusivity is one of its major strengths. The Management Committee oversee all events and ensure that they will support our core aim, being to improve the Well-Being of local people

3.             Ensuring good governance and safety practices
The Management Committee has been strengthened in the year, including bringing in new Trustees with Health and safety expertise and Operational expertise within other Heritage Assets. We, including with the volunteered support of the Mears Group, have reviewed and updated all our health and safety practices bringing in some new training for staff. While we must remain vigilant, we are confident that we are better placed than ever.

Let us have your views on how we could do more

Thank-you for your support. We really need it!