Changing Futures

Our Changing Futures service increases the influence of people with lived experience on Sheffield’s strategy and services. We offer training, workshops and peer support to over 70 co-production associates, and create opportunities for them to share and build their experiences, skills and talents.

Our associates have worked with local organisations, including Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Police, to co-design, co-deliver and co-evaluate services across the city.

These include a Domestic Abuse Community Service specification, women’s specialist accommodation, and our Positive Activities Fund. On the Changing Futures Sheffield website, you can find out more about our team’s brilliant achievements.

If you, or your organisation, would like to get involved, please contact Kate Walsh, Programme Manager, on

A group of people talking and sat around a table. On the table, there are pieces of paper with words and diagrams on it.

“It’s given me a voice and allowed me to be myself and feel proud of who I am. I really hope what it builds helps people and improves the way we treat vulnerable humans. Thank you. “

Changing Futures Associate

“I’ve just got a job that will help inform future decisions about lived experience and services. (I never thought my lived experience would help me get a job… I always believed it would stop me getting a good job.) I couldn’t be happier – I know I’ve worked hard for this, and my journey hasn’t been easy, but I could not have got all the way here without you guys.”

Changing Futures Associate

“Being part of Changing Futures has given me the confidence to start up a group with other recovering alcoholics, and to support others in a similar situation. The 12 months with this service has really supported where I am now and where I’m going.”

Changing Futures Associate

Our new Peer Support Workers

We recently welcomed Calum and Poppy to our Changing Futures team. They’re both bringing fantastic skills and talent to the service, and told us more about why they were interested in the role.

“Since being involved with the Changing Futures programme I have realised that I want to support people who have had similar experiences to myself. I know how hard it is to see any kind of future for yourself and I’m passionate about being part of somebody’s recovery.”

Peer Support Worker

“I want to be a role model, a champion for people – no matter what, you can be successful and lead a productive and positive life. Nothing is static… things can change in time, and with effort you can live the life you want to.”

Peer Support Worker

Positive Activities Fund 

We’ve worked with the Sheffield Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team to distribute grant funding to organisations offering activities for adults facing multiple disadvantages in Sheffield.

We’re working with amazing local organisations to create a diverse range of activities, including poetry, music, hair and beauty, gardening and DJing. The activities have been created to support adults in recovery to do something they love, connect with others, learn new skills, and more.

Find out more about the activities and how to take part.

“A place you can just be. It felt nice that you can have a chat, or not, and listen to the birds. Appreciated having a place for gentle socialising and a known structure to the groups.”

Positive Activities participant

“I loved it – I was anxious and apprehensive beforehand but felt so grateful I’ve been and so worth my time.”

Positive Activities participant

“Missed the first few sessions and was apprehensive but eventually came because I really appreciated being contacted outside of the group. It really felt like someone cared.”

Positive Activities participant

Good Work

Our Good Work team have continued to work with amazing people across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw to find, stay and thrive in employment.

From June 2022 to June 2023, our Good Work customers achieved over…


job outcomes

Ella’s story

Ella worked with Bobbie, her Senior Employment Specialist, to identify her interests and skills – this boosted her confidence, knowing that she had lots of brilliant talent to offer. She wanted to support older people in a creative way and, in just a few weeks, secured a job offer in a local care home as an Activities Co-ordinator.

“Good Work has made a massive difference to me. I can do a lot more than I originally thought I could. Being in work affects everything – I feel like I’m now making a contribution and worth something.”

Good Work customer

Taking part in Good Work

If you’re looking for work, or would like help to develop your skills or stay in your job role, you can sign up for free. We can support people living with severe mental health conditions to achieve their employment goals, and work with local NHS primary care teams to provide a holistic service.

On the Good Work website, you can find out more and get in touch with the team.

Working Win

Over the last six years we’ve worked with the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and local NHS partners to support people with health conditions to find or stay in employment.

Since 2017, Working Win has:

  • Worked with over 6,900 people
  • Helped more than 3,700 people with a health condition or disability to find or stay in work.

84% of the people we worked with have stayed in their role for 13 weeks or more.

In June, we welcomed Mel Stride, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to find out more about Working Win and meet some of our customers, team and partners.

A photo of Mel Stride in our Rockingham Street office. He's sat at a table with other people in the meeting.

“It was really helpful to sit in on a session with Alice and Jonathan, and to see the kind of progress that he’s made over the last few months – particularly since he’s got involved with Working Win.”

Mel Stride
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

“Within a week of being on Working Win, my whole life changed. I recognised the strengths that I had, and was able to start back at work part-time – and I’ve now been offered a promotion!”

Working Win customer

We would like to thank everyone who has played a part in the huge success of the programme, and wish Working Win all the best for the future.

Welcome home

We’re created new homes in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. This includes 10 affordable homes in Pilsley, as part of a 30 home development programme with Forge New Homes, and three shared ownership homes at Cross Lane in Barnsley. In Sheffield, we converted a property into a four bedroom home, which was designed to meet the needs and preferences of our racially and ethnically diverse customers (find out more about how we’re meeting our Race Action Plan commitments). We were also successful in securing investment to bring additional homes into South Yorkshire for people with a history of rough sleeping, adding another six new homes for our customers.

Some of our new homes at Pilsley.

SYHA Enterprises

SYHA Enterprises grows profit-making activity that supports our purpose and values. Here are a few highlights from the organisations they work with.

  • Crucible Homes are continuing to do great work supporting people across South Yorkshire to buy, sell, rent, or let out their homes. They’re also working with some brilliant organisations including regional developer Forge New Homes, Willmott Dixon on the Trilogy Collection, and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.
  • Forge New Homes is our joint venture with Great Places Housing Group, Yorkshire Housing, Together Housing Group and The Guinness Partnership. Lots of progress has been made developing 98 new homes at The Hedgerows in Pilsley – including homes for affordable rent – with over half of the homes being sold.
  • Co-create continues to work with clients in the healthcare sector and beyond to improve the way they work with people who use their services.
  • Viewpoint have been collecting our customers’ feedback in the new Tenant Satisfaction Measures survey, which is requirement by the Regulator of Social Housing for social housing landlords. Viewpoint also continues to strengthen their partnerships with the private sector, including taking part in a growth and leadership programme designed to increase work within the construction sector, and have welcomed new researchers into their team.

Supporting people seeking sanctuary

We’ve collaborated with local partners to welcome and support people seeking sanctuary in South Yorkshire.

We have worked with Home from Home Hallam, a volunteer group that supports asylum seekers moving to Sheffield. We helped to find a suitable property, supported the family to move into their new home, and shared information about tenancy agreements and legal requirements. Home from Home Hallam worked with the family to settle in their new home and community.

Thank you to Home from Home Hallam, and the local people and partners who have offered their time, donations and support.

“The family love the house and the children are very happy too. The father has plans to grow vegetables and the kids love the local park. SYHA employees have been extremely friendly, professional and very efficient.”

Home from Home Hallam volunteer

We are a Homes for Cathy organisation and committed to ending homelessness for everyone – including refugees, asylum seekers, and people with no recourse to public funds.

Find out more some of the other ways we’ve offered homes, services and support for people seeking sanctuary, and our ambitions for the next 12 months, in our new report.

Read the report
A page from our report, including text and illustrations.

Good Practice Mentors

The Good Practice Mentor (GPM) programme is a new and innovative project that brings
together legacy, learning and resources from Ageing Better – a seven year project that worked to reduce loneliness, and create opportunities and connections, for people aged 50+. It engaged more than 150,000 people in over 366 projects.

We’re collaborating with Age UK Camden, Leeds Older People’s Forum and Torbay Communities on the GPM programme, and are looking forward to working with organisations who want to increase their engagement and support of older people.

Each GPM partner brings a unique set of learning and skills, and together we offer free training, bespoke support for your organisation and resources.

Find out more about their free support, or get in touch with the team at

Two older people in a kitchen, preparing vegetables. You can see the lady's face, and she is smiling.