SilenceBreaker Media have successfully delivered projects in communities such as Maltby, Rotherham; Thurnscoe, Barnsley; Edlington, Doncaster.
But one thing we didn’t have was a base of operations to one day expand our collections of used computers, as well as our reconditioning, and low-cost computer sales.
After a long scouting project, we connected with Sheffield City Council and Kier – who helped us find premises at 1 Bowling Green Street, in the Kelham Island Quarter. These premises had been many things – a printers, even a nursery – but were now quite run-down and required considerable work to meet our vision of a SilenceBreaker Media Hub that provided a space for internet access and multimedia.
The grant from the Evan Cornish Foundation which helped us work on the premises to make them fit for purpose came about for our aptly-named Restoration! project needing another location after the closure of Abbeydale Picture House. The Restoration! project became about more than just restoring computers for use by the Restoration of Human Rights for Zimbabwe group – it became about restoring the premises, too. Volunteers from the University of Sheffield and beyond all helped with the preliminary decorating process, putting in hours of their time carrying out work based on the drafts of our volunteer interior designer, Sarah Givans. Our Computer Repair Workshops were able to take place in a safe environment as a result of this crucial first step.
The final stage came about as a result of a grant from Sheffield Town Trust, on the proviso that the SBm Hub would be able to finally open its doors to the public as a result of their funding of our Open to Connections project – which gives members of the public a sneak-peek of everything the SBm Hub is about to become immediately following this series of workshops that provide a one-stop shop for all of everyone’s computer needs, having help with repairing computers, surfing the internet, or making a blog.
It was then that the excellent company Green Shield Renovations presented SilenceBreaker Media with an incredible proposal to give the shop front the facelift it so badly needed in order to fulfil the requirements of the grant with minimal resources at our disposal. The transformation, as you can see, is incredible – and Kier have complimented us on our contribution to the appearance of the entire parade of businesses as we contribute to the exciting regeneration of the Kelham Island Quarter.
Next? Signs on the shop front, and opening the premises up with windows, natural light, and secure shutters. You can read more about what the SBm Hub is about to offer by clicking here. For more on Green Shield Renovations, click here.