Tender opportunity: Remedial fire safety works at Birch Avenue Care Home

Contracts finder reference: SYHA001-DN281570-01122401

We’re looking to appoint a contractor for a project which will involve improving fire safety protection measures at Birch Avenue Care Home in Sheffield. The home comprises of four interconnecting bungalows which are of traditional construction, with brick walls and a pitched, tiled roof.

Key elements of the work include:

  • Repairs or replacing a significant number of fire-resisting door sets.
  • Upgrading existing fire door sets by installing combined intumescent and cold smoke seals.
  • Designing and installing additional cavity barriers.
  • Installation of fire-resisting glazing units to certain rooms.

We will require the contractor to be third party accredited (covering the areas listed above), recognised and carried out by a body that is independent of both supplier and customer organisations, for example BRE and FIRAS.

To register an interest in tendering for this work, or to submit a tender please use to the ProContract e-procurement portal.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the work please contact Matt Steventon on 0114 2900 325.

Two awards for SYHA staff in Queen’s Birthday honours list

We’re delighted to announce the exciting news that two members of staff at South Yorkshire Housing Association have been named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

Our Chief Executive, Tony Stacey, has been awarded an OBE for services to social housing – a career which began back in 1979

Head of Co-design and Improvement, Ruby Smith, has been awarded an MBE for services to her local community of South Anston, and is one of the youngest recipients of the award this year.

Tony Stacey OBE

Tony was appointed as Chief Executive of SYHA in 1995 and during his time leading the organisation it has grown to become one of the highest performing social landlords in the country.

Recognised as a leading figure on housing nationally, Tony has championed the rights of the most vulnerable people and fought to make sure that everyone has access to genuinely affordable housing.

Recently he has led national campaigns to fight against the compulsory Right to Buy, as well as the proposed Local Housing Allowance cap.

He has also been instrumental in bringing together local authorities, housing associations and other landlords locally to form the Sheffield City Region Housing Compact, a unique partnership which will focus the efforts of organisations in the Sheffield City Region to work together to end the housing crisis.

In his 22 years as Chief Executive of SYHA, Tony has overseen a huge expansion and diversification of SYHA business, including:

  • The growth of SYHA’s assets to be worth nearly a third of a billion pounds.
  • Expanding the organisation’s portfolio of homes to 6,000.
  • Support for 16,592 customers in SYHA’s LiveWell services – which include support for mental health, learning disabilities, homelessness, older people and substance misuse.
  • SYHA being named the 40th best not-for-profit organisation to work for in the Sunday Times Best 100 List 2017.

Tony Stacey has featured consistently in the 24 Housing PowerPlayers lists; in 2015 he finished second, higher than leading politicians, other housing leaders and even the Prime Minister.

Speaking about the award, Tony said: “I am delighted to receive this award. I saw Ken Loach’s Cathy Come Home when I was 10 and I decided there and then that I wanted to work in housing and do something to tackle homelessness.

“Good quality housing makes such a difference to people’s lives. SYHA has been at the forefront of ensuring excellent housing services really do sustain communities and help people to realise their full potential. SYHA is a great organisation and I have been very privileged to lead it.”

Ruby Smith MBE

As an active figure in her community, and regular volunteer with a range of local organisations, Ruby has worked tirelessly to make sure older people in Sheffield never feel isolated or lonely.

In 2013 she launched Crackers and Company, who provide a Christmas Day meal for anyone on their own at Christmas in the South Anston area. The group has grown every year and last year welcomed nearly 100 people who enjoyed a meal and drinks, met new people and all left with gifts.

In her role as Head of Co-design and Improvement at SYHA, Ruby has transformed the organisation’s approach to co-design and quality. Ruby’s work has enabled the organisation to win funding for new services like Age Better in Sheffield, a £6 million Big Lottery funded scheme that aims to tackle isolation and loneliness in Sheffield.

Her passion about the link between health, housing and social care, and that people who use these services should help design them, has led to successful services like Over2You, EatWell and Co:Create being formed in the past five years alone.

Ruby has travelled the world with UNICEF and co-ordinates the Sheffield branch of the organisation. In 2012 she became the youngest person ever to receive an honorary fellowship from UNICEF, and in 2013 was named UNICEF fundraiser of the year.

In her short career Ruby has already amassed an incredible list of achievements, including:

  • Former member of the British Youth Parliament
  • Carried the Olympic Torch in 2012 in recognition of her fundraising work
  • Part of the Age Better in Sheffield team who won the UK Housing Campaign of the Year award in 2015
  • Finalist in 24 Housing’s Young Leaders 2016

Speaking about the award, Ruby said: “To know that people from my community, organisations I work and volunteer for, have come together to nominate me for this is just so heart-warming. Lots of people have already said to me ‘you must be so proud’ and I am, but not of myself; all the things I do, I do with wonderful people around me.

“I’m proud of all of them and all the things we achieve together; all the team that work together at South Yorkshire Housing Association, all the volunteers who give their time to make Crackers and Company possible, and all the people who donate to UNICEF. I could go on!

“Lots of people have commented saying it’s great for me to get an MBE as a woman and as a young person. So, to young women, I would say we need you to lead, now, so that a young woman receiving an MBE isn’t surprising news. There’s no shortage of problems in the world, just find one you care about and do something about it today, don’t wait. Trust that if you start, and you start with heart, people will follow.”


Important customer information – Fire Safety

Our thoughts are with the residents, families and emergency services that have been affected by the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London.

Whilst SYHA does not have any high rise tower blocks, we want to reassure our customers that our properties are maintained to very high standard with fire being one of our top priorities.

What happened at Grenfell Tower was unprecedented. As the facts of this tragedy emerge, SYHA will work with our partners, contractors and local fire authorities to apply the lessons learned to keep our customers safe.

If you have any questions or concerns please do get in touch with us.

Matt Steventon, Health and Safety Manager 

National recognition for five-star kitchen manager

A local kitchen manager has been recognised for his excellent food safety standards at a national awards ceremony.

Glen Biggin, a Community Payback Officer at South Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company was named Food Safety Champion at the annual Sodexo Service Excellence awards.

He was singled out for his continued excellence in ensuring all food safety requirements are met at the Turnaround Café at the Westmeads extra care scheme in Royston. The award also recognised the efforts Glen has made to reach a 5 star Food Standards Agency rating for the kitchen.

Run by South Yorkshire Housing Association, the Turnaround Café is run as part of a community payback scheme where offenders on community service prepare and cook hearty hot meals seven days a week for the 60 residents and day service customers at Westmeads.

Glen is now working with Sodexo to develop a qualification for offenders in food safety, which could help them find a job and change their lives for the better.

Glen said: “I’m shocked, I didn’t expect this at all. Working with South Yorkshire CRC has been a wonderful experience, the opportunity to give back to local communities and residents has always been an inspiring role for me.”

Dawn Lomasney, Project Lead at Westmeads said: “We’re so proud of Glen, the residents absolutely love his food – especially his corned beef hash which he is famous for!

“Having food of the highest standard prepared fresh on site really does make a huge difference to the wellbeing of our customers, especially the visitors to our day centre, who struggle to cook for themselves.”

Westmeads extra care scheme provides independent living for people aged 55 and over living in Barnsley, as well as providing day services at their LiveWell Centre.

If you’d like to find out more about places at Westmeads, or about spending the day at the LiveWell Centre, give the team a call on 01226 702030.

Election candidates invited to talk about solving housing crisis

South Yorkshire Housing Association is joining hundreds of housing associations across the country calling on candidates standing in the General Election to make housing one of their top priorities.

It comes as the National Housing Federation launches a week of action for the sector to come together and highlight the role it can play in solving the housing crisis.

Between 2011 and 2015 there were 37,000 too few homes built to keep up with demand in Yorkshire alone.

Coupled with the average home in the region costing seven times the average income, and private rent charges soaring, the need for affordable housing has never been higher.

Housing associations are well placed to build the homes we so desperately need, with South Yorkshire Housing Association already having committed to building 1,180 new homes over the next five years – but we can do more with the right backing.

The association is calling on all local candidates standing in Sheffield City Region seats in the General Election to call for funding and land to be made available for housing associations to ramp up the supply of new affordable housing.

We’re also asking candidates to commit to fight against the planned Local Housing Allowance cap, which will lead to certain closure for supported housing for vulnerable people in the Sheffield City Region.

Tony Stacey, Chief Executive of South Yorkshire Housing Association, said: “There’s no way around it, we’re in the middle of a real housing crisis. We’re not building anywhere near enough new homes to meet demand and it’s exactly why homelessness is on the rise.

“The message is simple. Housing associations are ready to do their bit to help solve the crisis, but we need support. We’re inviting every candidate standing in a Sheffield City Region seat in the General Election to come and meet with us, talk about housing and how we can work together.”

To arrange a meeting with Tony Stacey please email t.stacey@syha.co.uk

1940’s themed event raises money for defibrillator in Glossop

A 1940’s themed fundraising event has helped to raise more than £300 towards a defibrillator at our Whitfield House extra care scheme in Glossop.

The event was attended by people in fancy dress from across the local area who bought cakes, took part in a raffle and made generous donations throughout the day.

Staff and customers with the new defibrillator at Whitfield House

Staff and customers with the new defibrillator at Whitfield House

The defibrillator will provide the residents of Whitfield House and guests at the site’s LiveWell Centre, which provides day services for older people in Glossop, instant access to potentially life-saving equipment.

Staff and customers at the scheme all received basic training on how to use the defibrillator from Val Cochran, a Community Specialist Paramedic from North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Matthew Reather, Project Lead at Whitfield House said: “We’d like to thank everyone who came along to the event for their generosity and support.

“Should the worst happen having a defibrillator on site ready to use will make a huge difference – the chances of surviving cardiac arrest if a defibrillator is used raises survival chances from 5% to 74%

“We’d also like to say a big thank you to Zoe Shaw who runs our armchair exercise class for her extremely kind donation of £415.”

Val Cochrane, Community Specialist Paramedic, said: “It’s fantastic that local people have really got together to get equipped with a life-saving defibrillator.

“Once a patient goes into cardiac arrest there are just a few vital minutes to save their life which is why we really need the help of people in the community to start life-saving CPR as soon as possible even before we have chance to get there to give people the best possible chance of survival.”

To find out more about Whitfield House and the day services on offer for people living in Glossop call 01457 856 772 or visit the LiveWell section of our website.

Environmentalists blog – May 2017

Fresh from our Tpas Awards celebrations the Maltby Environmentalists got back to doing what we do best with three litter picks over Easter.

We said thank you to the group for all their hard work with some Easter treats and got together to go through an update on health and safety whilst we’re out and about litter picking.

Take a look at my video blog for this month by clicking the link below.

Here’s what Annette had to say about our health and safety session with the group.

Here’s some of our favourite pictures from the month!

Environmentalists blog – Tpas awards 2017

We’re trying a new style of blog this month! Okay, so it’s not much different, in fact it’s only one syllable different but here’s a special vlog update from our Environmentalists following the Tpas Awards 2017. See if you can spot a special guest appearance at the start of the video!

We took an iPad with us on the day and took some shots of the group – sorry if some of the interviews are a bit quiet!

We also took some lovely photos on the day, too many to share all of them but here’s my personal favourite.
Tpas awards 2017












Make sure you watch out for our April vlog at the start of May.

James Smith, Engagement Officer

£1.8 million investment into local property maintenance

South Yorkshire Housing Association has extended its contract with building services company J Tomlinson to continue providing stock investment services until 2019.

Over the next two years J Tomlinson will carry out £1.8 million worth of upgrades, programmed repairs and investment work at the housing association’s properties across South Yorkshire.

Carmelle Sampson showing staff from SYHA and Tomlinson around her new kitchen

Carmelle Sampson showing staff from SYHA and Tomlinson around her new kitchen

The new contract includes boiler installations, as well as kitchen and bathroom refits – all of which will be carried out by the J Tomlinson repairs, maintenance and regeneration teams.

SYHA’s investment reflects the organisation’s commitment to developing the standard of their properties and providing customers with a home they are proud to live in. The decision to extend the contract was taken based on excellent feedback over the past year, with work carried out on kitchens and boilers receiving a 99% customer satisfaction score.

Mike Fisher, Senior Property Services Officer at South Yorkshire Housing Association, said: “We are delighted to have offered a contract extension to J Tomlinson following the successful completion of a programme of works over the past three years.

“Their teams have always acted professionally and represented SYHA brilliantly – we’re pleased that we’re able to use their skills and expertise in these areas to carry out improvement work in our customers’ homes. It’s clear from our customer satisfaction surveys that they are very happy with the quality of the work they carry out.”

Antony Newton, Regeneration Director at J Tomlinson, said: “J Tomlinson has worked on kitchen and bathroom replacements for South Yorkshire Housing Association properties since September 2014 and we are very pleased to have secured a two-year extension to continue the renovation and improvement programme being undertaken by the organisation.

“Our teams have wide experience in refurbishments of this type, and it is always pleasing to receive a contract extension, as it is an endorsement of the work already completed to date. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with SYHA and to improving residents’ homes by updating and installing new kitchens, bathrooms and heating systems.”

To find out more about our investment in our properties visit our planned works page.

Tender opportunity – designing our new office space

We are embarking on an ambitious plan to transform key elements of our business practices including changing how we use our office space, not just in Wellington Street (our head office) but across our estate (we have small offices in 17 other buildings). Part of our Transform Strategy is to bring our brand to life and communicate SYHA’s purpose and values through our new ways of working and our office space provides a fantastic platform for this.

We have planning permission for changes to our Wellington Street office and have agreed layouts for the interior of the building. But we have yet to develop the detailed design and a look and feel of the interiors and the external works.

The complete refurbishment of our Wellington Street office is planned for 2018/19 but in preparation we intend to introduce new ways of working over the next 12 months. This will include adopting the proposed furniture layout and testing out our storage requirements. We also want to improve our offices outside of Wellington Street so that these can be used more flexibly and help us accommodate some of our Wellington Street based staff whilst the refurbishment takes place.

In parallel we are commissioning architects to advise on the layout of our offices outside Wellington Street. The architects will be expected to work closely with the designer we commission for this piece of work including advising on the robustness and appropriateness of finishes, furniture, fixtures and equipment.

The aims of this commission are therefore to:

  • Articulate SYHA’s brand values.
  • Develop the design language for our office space interiors to project and give physical expression to our brand.
  • Reflect our organisational development offer, supporting spaces for wellbeing, learning, growth and innovation.
  • Use the design thinking to inform the specification for our Wellington Street refurbishment project.
  • Capture the proposals in a design guide that can be used to inform future changes and maintenance and maintain a strong brand identity over time.
  • Engage SYHA employees in the thinking behind the design and brand so that they understand and protect them over time.

Tender for this job

There are two parts to the tender submission:

  • Written response to the brief and evidence of your track record in this area
  • Presentation to the selection panel

The following minimum information will be required for the written submission:

  • Your proposals as to how you would carry out the work requested:
    • How you would work with SYHA and its employees to develop design proposals
    • An example design guide/indication of how you would approach this
    • A critical path timeline with indicative timescales for delivery of key milestones.
  • Up to three examples of relevant projects that you have previously undertaken/pitched
  • Brief CVs of key personnel to be involved in the project
  • Fee quotation outlining the resources you will provide for that fee. NB our maximum budget for this commission is £15,000.

The above shall comprise no more than 10 x A4 sheets in total (or equivalent).


One hard copy of the submission is to be sent to arrive no later than 12pm on 26th April 2017 to:

Helen Garside,
Office Space Project Coordinator,
South Yorkshire Housing Association,
43-47 Wellington Street,
S1 4HF

To help explain what we’re after in more detail we’ve put together a briefing document which also doubles as a quotation form for the job. In the document you’ll find everything you need to know about what we’re looking for, useful background information as well as the timetable for delivering this piece of work. We’ve also put together a document with our initial thoughts on what the job might entail but this is not an exhaustive list.

You might also find copies of our corporate SYHA and LiveWell brand guidance useful when putting together your application.

Contact us

If you’ve got any queries about this tender please email Helen Garside at h.garside@syha.co.uk