Collaborative working

Sheffield Homes is proud to have been part of supporting the setting up and development of SOAR Build and is an active member of the Board of Directors.  It was committed to supporting SOAR Build through the stages of the Decent Homes programme and wants to make sure the partnership goes from strength to strength as a legacy. Soar Build provides the best all round statistics for employing individuals from disadvantaged communities, women and disabled people and has retained many of these into its workforce.  This demonstrates to us that Social Enterprises can work in a commercial, competitive market alongside national companies as well as providing excellent training.  There will be a huge range of exciting opportunities for the project to develop as Sheffield embarks on the next chapter in the improvement of council housing in the city.

As part of the procurement process for selecting Decent Homes construction partners, Sheffield Homes took the step of commencing the largest training and local employment programme in the country which was later rolled out across South Yorkshire. The aim was that the Decent Homes programme would leave a legacy to the city that went far beyond bricks and mortar once the improvement works were completed. Sheffield Homes wanted to improve the quality of life for people living in its homes by providing them with skills for life.

To date over 269 local people, mostly recruited from the city’s most disadvantaged communities, have taken part in the scheme in Sheffield. All have been trained to NVQ level 2 and many more have secured further education programmes.

Janet Sharpe
Interim Director of Housing
Sheffield Homes


Other collaborative successes include:

  •  BEST (Broxtowe Education and Skills Training)
  • Job Centre Plus Doncaster
  • Gedling Home (1 in a million)
  • Workrite
  • Future Jobs Fund
  • Train to Gain
  • Experience Construction Scheme
  • Nottingham City Homes Jobs Fund
  • Sector based Academy
  • Job Centre Plus Sheffield
  • Leicester College
  • New College Nottingham
  • Construction Design Centre Sheffield
  • Parkway Housing
  • Rowlinson Construction
  • Acis Housing
  • Affinity Sutton
  • Pennine 2000