TitleEast End Quality of Life Initiative, Sheffield
AdminHistorySheffield City Council Planning Department's 1999 planning study of the M1 corridor areas of Rotherham and Sheffield inclued a Health Impact Assessment undertaken by the East End Quality of Life Initiative (EEQOL), a Health Action Zone project developed within the East End Strategy Group which aimed to increase the participation of the communities of Darnall, Tinsley and Handsworth in strategic development decisions for the area.

The EEQOL was a community led project delivering social, economic and environmental change within Sheffield and South Yorkshire. The project was funded by Sheffield Public Health. EEQOL worked through a community advocacy and research role to give practical support to community forums in Tinsley, Darnall, and Handsworth. The project co-ordinated a city-wide community network monitoring air quality, and used diffusion tubes to monitor levels of nitrogen dioxide.

Later data was also collected for other suburbs of Sheffield, including Carterknowle, Chesterfield Road, Sheffield City Centre, Foxhill, Hallam University, Hunters Bar, the Bus Interchange, King Ecgbert, Penistone Road, Sheffield Train Station, Sheffield University, St Mary's, Weston Park and Woodseats.

The aims of the Initiative were to develop an integrated policy framework for sustainable regeneration in Sheffield's East End; facilitate active community participation in development, monitoring, evaluation and review of regeneration policy in the area; develop a Health Impact Assessment as a vehicle for policy development, organisational change and community development; and establish enduring participatory decision-making structures. Much of EEQOL's work was involved in co-ordinating teams of community volunteers to record air quality data, in co-operation with Sheffield City Council

The Initiative ceased at the end of March 2018 following the withdrawal of funding. At this time community air quality monitoring was continued by Sheffield City Council's Air Quality team.
DescriptionThe collection consists of:

Excel speadsheets containing air quality charts and data by Sheffield suburb, 1998 - 2018. The data gathered highlights instances of violations of European Limits value of atmospheric pollution.

Portable document format (PDF) evaluations 2001 - 2002.

Portable document format (PDF) reports 2000 - 2014.
Date2000 - 2018
Extent1 item (552 files)
RelatedMaterialEast End Quality of Life Initiative:

All the data the East End Quality of Life Initiative produced was made freely available on their website ( and knowing that they would no longer be funded they copied all this information to a wordpress site, as a blog/archive ( The blog provides more information about what was monitored for each suburb, dates covered and provides DEFRA website links for explantions of correction or bias factors [accessed Feb 2019].

Sheffield Local Studies Library:

‘Tinsley noise survey’ Ian Wood, 2001 (309.26 SQ).

‘Local communities and sustainable regeneration in the east end of Sheffield - case study’ East End Quality of Life Initiative [2001] (309.26 SSTQ).

‘Tinsley community action plan’ Tinsley Forum 2003 (711.4 SQ).

‘Gambling, health and economic regeneration - a literature review’ East End Quality of Life Initiative (MP 5183 S).

‘Draft Tinsley environment and health action plan’ Sheffield City Council 1999 (MP 6845 M).

‘Tinsley Environment and Health Audit’ Sheffield City Council, 1999 (309.26 SSTQ).

‘Quality of life indicators. Summary of data available for the Darnall Action Area’ East End Quality of Life Initiative 2001 (307.3362 SSTQ).

‘Darnall Environment and Health Audit: A review by Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Health’ East End Quality of Life Initiative (309.26 SSTQ).

‘Darnall Environment and Health Audit: community research’ East End Quality of Life Initiative, 2000 (309.26 SQ).

‘Quality of life indicators: survey of the Darnall Action Area, October-November’ East End Quality of Life Initiative, 2001 (PAMP 173/1 SQ and PAMP 173/2 SQ).

‘Developing locally agreed quality of life indicators: the example of the Darnall Action Area, Sheffield’ Barbara Rimmington, 2003 (PAMP 172/1 SQ, PAMP 172/2 SQ and PAMP 172/3 SQ).
CustodialHistoryThe data was created by the East End Quality of Life Initiative, 1998 - 2018. When the East End Quality of Life Initiative ceased at the end of March 2018 following the withdrawal of funding, one of their Researcher’s deposited a memory stick with their data of too Sheffield City Archives in June 2018. Sheffield City Archives copied this data from the memory stick to G:\DEL\Libraries\Leisure and Culture\Archives & Local Studies\Archive accessions\Digital uncatalogued items\2018-31 in June 2018.
AcquisitionSourceA Researcher from the East End Quality of Life Initiative.
ArchNoteAccessioned and collection level created by Robin Wiltshire Jun 2018. Catalogued by Benjamin Longden Jan 2019.

The G-Drive folder was scanned with DROID (Digital Record Object IDentification), which is a file format identification tool developed by The National Archives.

The exported CSV file has been adapted to create a catalogue template that was then imported into CALM.

Date: The date in this field at item level is the date the file was last modified, and is presented in the format that Calm recognises (dd mmm yyyy), which is different to date format displayed on the G-Drive. The Last modified date as recorded on the G-Drive has been recorded exactly in the Description field at item level (for example 2008-06-25T09:52:53).
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