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Meet Stuart, your Skills 4 Work coach

Stuart provides personalised, 1-2-1 employment and training support to Skills 4 Work participants
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New doors make community space more inclusive

We supported Zion Bristol with a £3,500 grant to adapt its entranceway to make it more inclusive.
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Telephone friendship groups thrive with Sovereign funding

We gave charity Pramalife £4,000 to supports its launch of Telephone Friendship Groups.
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Community matters

Find out more about the work we do in our communities.

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Walking in a window wanderland

We supported Bristol's Window Wanderland, which provided resources for communities to set up their own magical illuminated window displays.
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Ebony Taylorson, Youth Panel

Ebony Taylorson juggles a busy schedule. Despite this, she joined our Youth Housing Panel. Here she tells us more about why signing up was important to her.
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Getting to know Simone, Trainee Plumber

Simone is a trainee plumber at Sovereign. She explains why this new direction was the right one for her.
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Jane Carmichael, PR Specialist

Jane Carmichael is a military spouse. She’s also Sovereign Housing Association’s PR Specialist. Here she discusses her experience of joining the Aspire programme.
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Sophie Lloyd, Housing Officer

Sophie has worked in tenancy management for seven years as a Housing Officer she talks about her decision to join the Aspire programme, and develop her leadership skills for the future.
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Stevie – former apprentice communities administrator

Stevie Chadwick talks about her apprenticeship in our Communities team and how the HDN mentoring programme helped her 'step up'.
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Covid-19 memorial garden

We’ve supported a new commemorative garden at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
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Nicola's story

Sovereign supported self-employed Nicola with a £700 grant to focus her counselling business on helping those with eating disorders.
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Spring-themed treats for older residents

This Spring, volunteers delivered spring-themed treats to 104 older people at risk of isolation.
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Easter chicks bring fluffy fun to food boxes

More than one hundred hand-knitted chicks will be handed out by the Botley Community Larder along with fresh fruit and veg.
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Getting to know Kaylee, Apprentice Plumber

Kaylee is an apprentice plumber at Sovereign. She explains why she enjoys having a role where she can fix things. 
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Hair and beauty students nail being the perfect penpals

Abingdon and Witney college students have been writing postcards throughout lockdown to residents living at two Oxfordshire Housing for Older People schemes.
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Older and younger generations have lots ‘InCommon’

Older people from Basingstoke gained a bunch of fun new pals during lockdown, thanks to the sterling efforts of charity InCommon.
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Getting community support back on the road on the Isle of Wight

Sovereign has helped the West Wight Men in Sheds, based on the Isle of Wight, with a £500 grant to insure their new community van.
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A safe place for residents to talk about mental health

We invested £1,000 in Oasis-Talk’s online wellbeing course giving 10 over-55s, who have been shielding at home the opportunity to share their experiences.
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Seeds and feeds

Neighbourhood community group Cllick approached us to help facilitate a Seeds and Feeds edible growing and gardening project for one of our housing for older people schemes.
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New website provides dementia support

Dementia Friendly West Berkshire (DFWB) has launched a new website thanks to £700 funding from Sovereign Housing Association.
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Training and Employment after Lockdown

Lockdown has put a pause on many of our residents’ aspirations. But Keyleigh, a Sovereign resident from Tiverton remains positive.
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Writing the future

Writing has been a passion for Ryan and moving into his Sovereign home and living alone for the first time gave him the time he needed to focus on his future career plans.
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100 Beds in 100 Days

Picking up the keys to your new home is a big moment, but for 30-year-old Samatar Maygag it was life changing.
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