Bread making as part of our Budding for Sustainable Food project.
Daniel Simpson took part in the St. Leger Homes World of Work Academy.
We want to help everyone living in Doncaster’s communities to feel safe and have opportunities to get the most out of life. To achieve this we support activities for young people which give them things to do during evenings and school holidays, rather than playing close to housing which sometimes upsets older residents.
We have also worked with other organisations to help young people learn more about the dangers of getting involved in anti-social behaviour, and to understand what the Police, Fire Service and others do to protect people.
The projects we have supported include Junior PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) schemes, providing equipment for young people’s sports teams, and sponsoring a free football coaching programme, ‘Kicks’, which is run by Doncaster Rovers.
We also aim to help people of all ages take part in activities together. Our Budding for Sustainable Food project has achieved this, with hundreds of people aged from toddlers to the over-80s working together on community vegetable gardens.
We have a Positive Activities Fund which gives grants to locally run groups which are improving their communities. During the year this has included a boxing club in Rossington, junior fishing events in Highfields and Thorne and a drop-in centre run by the Roma community. We also helped Balby West TARA to stage their community talent contest.
Our community engagement and estates officers spend as much time as possible meeting local people and working with our partner organisations. Because of this we hear about any problems which may be affecting neighbourhoods and we can help to sort them out.
Keeping in touch
We want to make it as easy as possible for our customers to contact us, including through computers and smart phones. We launched the ‘My SLHD’ mobile app which can be used to pay rent, report repairs, or tell us about any problems with anti-social behaviour.
Over the next year we will make it even simpler for tenants to report issues and find answers to questions through our brand new website.
World of Work Academy
Our World of Work Academy launched this year with great success. The scheme is especially for our customers and their family members, and helps people who are looking for work.
The scheme includes:
- Two week employability courses at Doncaster College
- Work experience placements
- Paid 6 month work placements
- Help to apply for suitable jobs with us and other employers.
Daniel Simpson (pictured) spent time on work placement in our repairs and maintenance warehouse. He read about the scheme in our customer magazine, Houseproud.
Daniel said: “I was out of work and having a really hard time.
“This isn’t an opportunity everyone gets and the prospect of getting real, valuable and structured support to get back into work isn’t something you find every day. This was a fantastic opportunity and let’s be honest, it’s what you make of it.”