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The Skill Mill Leeds have been busy at Leeds Youth Justice Centre. You can follow @SkillMill_Leeds on Twitter. 


The Skill Mill provides employment opportunities in water and land based management, helping to reduce flood risk and improve the local environment. In turn, this brings social and environmental benefits to communities by involving local people directly in the delivery of services. 

COVID-19: The Skill Mill Leeds Resume Operations

The Skill Mill Leeds successfully resumed operations last week. The Skill Mill has devised a plan the intention of which is to provide a standardised approach to commencing projects in England which incorporates the COVID-19 public health requirements. Find out more

CEG Kirkstall Forge

The team at Leeds Skill Mill have been busy working on the Kirkstall Forge site.

Completed jobs include: 

- A general clearance of the site entrance area. Including cutting back vegetation and a tidy up of site waste materials such as timber, signage, and Feras fencing.

- Work around the site cottage areas which are listed buildings. This includes moving the Feras fencing to create a larger working area in readiness for work commencing on these buildings, and clearing back the vegetation to make the area more presentable.

- The clearance of the public footpath (again cutting back vegetation and removing general rubbish that had accumulated over recent years) along Kirkstall Road from the site entrance to Burley RUFC. 

- Cutting back of invasive species around the listed buildings in the centre of the site.

- General tidy up of the site compound area, knocking down some brick quoins and dressing the bricks.

- Securing the area around the ‘old canteen’ of the Forge by enclosing the area with Feras fencing.

The work so far has resulted in some outstanding feedback from CEG site management and the general public. 

The team will be continuing their work whilst receiving training on how to use a DOFF pressure steam cleaning system in preperation for the future Globe Rd project in Leeds. 

New Grant for the Leeds Skill Mill

The Skill Mill is delighted to have received a grant from The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund, which will:

  • fund new equipment, enabling the team to offer a greater range of work (e.g. landscaping and gardening) 

  •  expand the training opportunities for young people on the team

 Managed by Leeds Community Foundation, The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund supports the work of vital projects engaging young people, promoting community cohesion and combating crime. Read more about the fund here

Office Number One - Kirkstall Forge

Two members of the Skill Mill team in Leeds gain some great work experience with CEG's contractors on site at Kirkstall Forge  as the Number One office building is completed.


Childrens Centre - Postcode Lottery

The Skill Mill Leeds was awarded a pot of funding by the Post Code Lottery to create a child friendly outside space at a children's centre in Leeds.

Leeds/Liverpool Canal

Vegetation clearance along the Leeds/Liverpool Canal in partnership with the Commercial Estates Group (CEG) and the Canal and Rivers Trust.

River Calder

Clearance works along a stretch of the River Calder in partnership with the Environment Agency.

Winter Walk Through

Channel maintenance and clearances works in partnership with the Environment Agency on a number of different Becks around Leeds.

Bench Building 2

The team designed and built 4 x benches to be used by the sub-contractors at Kirkstall Forge. This project was in partnership with Phil from Open Source Arts.

Wyke Beck

The Skill Mill team in Leeds worked alongside the Environment Agency to redirect Wyke Beck around an unstable wall. We dammed the water flow and re-homed a number of Crayfish alongside the Biodiversity Officers from EA.

Canal River Trust – Community Action Volunteer Day

A volunteer day with the local community in partnership with the Canal River Trust. The works completed comprised of path clearance works in Mirfield.

Lin Dyke

General river clearance works – vegetation clearance/silt removal

RSC – Volunteer Day

The partnership with The River Stewardship Company included a large volunteers day.

The Skill Mill got involved with pontoon clearance around the River Aire in Castleford.

Clearance Works

The cohort were commissioned a voluntary job in West Leeds clearing a series of steps of leaves and other debris.

The group were required to replace the treads and rises to make the access path safer for the community.

Dry Stone Wall Building

The Skill Mill Leeds have worked for a number of days with the Dry Stone Wall Association in Otley to complete ‘An Introduction to Dry Stone Wall Building’.

This created a great opportunity for the Environmental Operatives to gain new skills. It involved lots of team work and problem solving which in turn also strengthened their working relationship.

The Skill Mill has been given an open ended contract to go back and work with the volunteers to increase their skills further.

Leeds YOS Patio

The new Skill Mill team in Leeds spent 3 days creating a new patio for the Youth Offending Service in Leeds. The young people worked well as a team to prepare the initial groundworks, prep the area and lay and level the slabs.

This was their first project together after establishing in August 2015.

Bench Building

The Skill Mill Leeds have erected a number of benches over their induction and first couple of working weeks. This has been commissioned by the Parks and Countryside partnership already previously formed.

This work included digging the trenches, building the benches and then finally treating them to protect from the elements.

These benches can be found on paths along Leeds country way.

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