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    • 43-47 Wellington Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire , United Kingdom, S1 4HF
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About South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA)

The Housing Association's founder, John Belcher, established the Sheffield Family Housing Association to help young homeless families after watching the BBC drama 'Cathy Come Home' in 1972.

Nearly 50 years later, and now known as South Yorkshire Housing Association; they are still providing quality local living. They design, retrofit and build homes throughout the Sheffield City Region. Their business is now more than housing with 60% of their work providing care and support to help vulnerable people remain independent.

Over 600 people contribute to the success of SYHA. From those at the forefront, working directly with customers to those keeping things going behind the scenes, they all share the same goal; to help people settle at home, live well and realise their potential.

Their people are their most important asset. They encourage and support employees to develop the skills they have and grow new ones through a range of training and development opportunities. They are passionate about learning and empower employees to push themselves and seek out opportunities to learn; be that through attending relevant events, listening to guest speaker sessions or work shadowing leaders and others across the business.

They want employees to feel good and function well, and have embedded the '5 Ways to Wellbeing' framework into their organisation as a consistent way of monitoring and improving staff wellbeing.

What is it like to work for South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA)

The Leadership Team attends the manager coaching programme as participants are in mixed-level groups. Being prepared to share their experiences has helped managers of all experience levels develop their skills and further supports the principle of helping people realise their potential. 
My Manager
My Manager
One to one coaching support is available when coaching is required on a specific area of practice or just to provide additional guidance if and when needed. Many managers are inexperienced coaches and this can help build confidence and competence. 
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
Their newly refurbished head office incorporates many sustainability measures including; improved insulation, zoned LED lighting, a passive cooling system (avoiding air-con), electric vehicle charging points and increased cycle parking. 

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    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to all staff

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