Our Good Work team work with people to find, stay and thrive in employment. They have continued to work with amazing people across Sheffield City Region, and collaborated with the Prince’s Trust to support people aged 18-30 to start their careers in health and social care.
In July 2021, we were delighted to be recognised as a IPS Centre of Excellence by the Centre for Mental Health.
From January 2020 to July 2021, our Good Work customers achieved over…
Alex took part in Good Work to find paid employment for the first time. Alex worked with the Good Work team to build their confidence, talk to their employer about their health conditions, access budgeting and benefit advice, and more.
Good Work supports people to find and flourish in full or part-time employment.Find good work
We’re also working with the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and local NHS partners to support people with health conditions to find or stay in employment.
If you live in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster or Bassetlaw, sign up for free support from Working Win.
“I think Working Win has changed my life. I am enjoying my job, and feeling as though my life has momentum.”Emily
Working Win customer
In autumn 2020, we partnered with Chesterfield Borough Council to deliver a new Housing First pilot. The pilot has been a great success – we now support 10 people, and aim to sustain and grow this service over the next year.
“Getting a place to live and making it work… I don’t think I ever really thought that would be possible.”A Housing First Chesterfield customer
In partnership with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, we support 8 people through our Housing First service. We’re aiming to grow this to 10 people by the end of 2021.
We work with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and Target Housing to provide a home and support for 30 people from across the borough. The service started as a pilot in 2018, and has grown from strength to strength.
Our new Housing First Rotherham report shares more about Housing First principles, our trauma-informed approach, and stories and achievements from our brilliant customers.
In 2020 Age Better in Sheffield received an additional year of funding from The National Lottery Community Fund to support their work in growing Sheffield as an Age Friendly City. An Age Friendly City is a place where everyone, at any age, can access positive opportunities that support good mental and physical wellbeing.
The last year has also seen the successful launch of Ageing Better’s national Co-Production Toolkit – Stronger Together – which was led by our teams here in Sheffield, in partnership with the 13 other national organisations who have been involved with Ageing Better. The toolkit provides hundreds of resources and success stories to inspire people and organisations to use the voices and experiences of real people to shape services. Explore the Stronger Together toolkit.
A national festival and webinar series took place alongside the launch of the toolkit and included over 60 online events. The festival events are available to watch online.
Our 18 new homes on Finchwell Road in Sheffield are a mix of houses and apartments for rent, and shared ownership properties.
This autumn we’re working with our customers and local stonemason, Steve Roche, to create a piece of art for the community.
Our development on North Wingfield Road won a Housing Design Award. The Housing Design Awards celebrate innovative, sustainable and high-quality design, and we were very pleased that the judging panel recognised the work and consideration that went into creating these homes.
The judging process including a visit to the development, and talking to our customers about what they thought about their home and shared spaces. A big thank you to DK-Architects, Pacy & Wheatley, to the customers that met the judges and showed them around, and to everyone we worked with to create these lovely homes.
“A development which sits sensitively and proudly within its edge of village location, and provides inspiring affordable houses which will hopefully improve people’s lives.”
SYHA Enterprises grows profit-making activity that supports our purpose and values. Here are a few highlights from the brilliant organisations they work with:
Our joint-venture with Great Places Housing Group, Yorkshire Housing, Together Housing Group, and The Guinness Partnership has started on site with our first development.
Forge New Homes is creating 98 new homes – including homes for affordable rent – in Pilsley in Derbyshire.
“The last twelve months have been a very challenging period for everyone. However, by working closely with our fantastic stakeholders, consultant team and contractors, Forge New Homes has made good progress. We have made a start on our first development which is being built by Caddick Construction, and have exchanged contracts on two new sites in Rotherham. Forge New Homes is positioned to build on the foundations laid over the last twelve months, and hopefully report our first home sales next year!”Andy Beattie
Forge New Homes Project Director
Many people were moved to B&Bs or hotels during the Coronavirus outbreak, and Indigo Project customers are referred to us from Rotherham’s Homelessness Team.
The Indigo Project has 10 homes and offers customers intensive support to work towards achieving their goals and aspirations.
The service has gone from strength to strength, and our customers have celebrated some brilliant achievements. The contract was initially for six months, but has recently been extended to March 2022. We’ve also secured extra funding from Homes England in a joint bid with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council for an additional 15 homes in Rotherham, to support more adults that are experiencing homelessness.
Since the project began in June 2021, the team have been supporting 25 people who have been referred to us from local NHS care coordinators after leaving hospital.
Our keyworkers work with people to focus on what matters to them in their mental health recovery. This can involve growing skills relating to budgeting, independent living, exercise and nutrition, and growing connections with the community.
Feedback from our customers has shown the difference it can make for people to live with their much-loved pets, and, in some cases, move into a new home with their families too. Live Well in the Community can support both of these options, and we are already seeing the positive impact this can have on people’s mental health.
Once people are ready to move on from Live Well in the Community, they can continue to have a safe place to live through our partnership with Sheffield City Council.