Press Releases

Smart tech helps to spot warning signs of damp and mould

Sovereign Housing Association, working with two commercial partners, has just installed smart home sensors and thermostats in 400 of its less energy-efficient homes.
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Sovereign's response to governance downgrade

The Regulator of Social Housing has today downgraded Sovereign Housing’s governance rating from G1 to G2. The Regulator has confirmed its existing V1 grade for viability.
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£30k funding available to support community projects

Charities and community groups are invited to apply for a share of £30k funding.
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Our response to the Social Housing White Paper

Today we welcomed the government’s White Paper on Social Housing: the Charter for Social Housing.

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Sovereign Housing responds to Prime Minister’s announcements on housing

Sovereign Housing’s chief executive Mark Washer has today responded to the Prime Minister’s announcements on housing.
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A lovely Jub-ilee family fun day

Sovereign Housing Association hold community fun day to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee.
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Sovereign Housing Association invests £450k to give young people a housing voice

Sovereign Housing Association will invest £450k over the next two years in giving young people a voice in their housing and community future.
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Sovereign Housing Association’s Quarterly Performance Update covering the Financial year 2021/22

During this busy and challenging year, we delivered increases in total Turnover and overall surplus. We also achieved an increase in new homes, across 69 sites and 36 developers.
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“Climate change matters, but don’t leave me feeling cold” say Sovereign tenants

Sovereign Housing has published new research showing that social housing tenants do not realise the impact that their homes have on climate change.
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New App will leave you dancing with joy!

Sovereign Housing Association have joined 18 organisations in West Berkshire to trial a new App to connect people and communities.
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Walk and Talk Buggy walks!

Local residents are invited to join a series of monthly guided buggy walks across the Isle of Wight.
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“Older people are like history books only much more interesting!”

Sovereign residents on the Isle of Wight have taken a trip down memory lane during a Reminiscence Festival jointly funded by Sovereign and the Arts Council England.
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Bristol enterprise’s inaugural Women’s Conference proves hit

More than 45 businesses, charities, housing associations, councils and government-representatives took part in Bristol-based Women’s Work Lab’s first ever Women’s Conference.
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Take a trip back in time as Roman map unveiled

Residents interested in History are invited to Cheswick Village, Stoke Gifford this weekend (Sunday 17th), where Steve England will reveal the Gloucester village’s Roman past.
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£46.5k grants support community-focused projects

22 charities and community projects in the South and South West of England have been awarded a share of nearly £46.5k project funding.
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Islanders invited to jobs and training open day in Newport

Isle of Wight residents are invited to a free, drop in open day on 26th April from 10am to 2pm, to learn about job and training opportunities on the Island, through the Skills 4 Work programme.
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Swindon residents enjoy bench with quirky origin

Novus Property Solutions has donated a bench made out of recycled paint cans to Sovereign’s residents living in Barrington Road, Watchfield.
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£100k available for employment and training projects

Leading housing association Sovereign is working with crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder to invest in employment and training projects
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Can you dig it? Portishead people combat storm damage with new trees

Sovereign Housing Association worked with residents to plant 18 fruit trees this week, replacing just a few of the estimated eight million lost this winter to storms and other severe weather.
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Radio DJ joins event to unlock women’s employment talents

Businesses across England are being invited to attend an online event on 1 March 2022 that will teach them the best ways to welcome women into their organisations.
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£75k grants support employment and skills

17 charities, community groups and a college in the South and South West are celebrating, after receiving a share of £75,000 funding.
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Helix working on Sovereign Reading homes

Helix group works in partnership with Sovereign Housing Association on new homes in Reading.
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Sovereign Housing choose Simpson Associates to implement their Financial Planning solution

Simpson Associates are delighted to announce that following a tender process they have been selected by Sovereign Housing Association (SHA)
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Sovereign Housing Association to invest up to £400k in Kickstart boost

Basingstoke-based Sovereign Housing Association could offer life-changing roles to as many as 40 young people in a unique extension to the government’s Kickstart scheme.
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Sovereign’s ESG report reflects commitment to sustainable homes and places

Our first ESG report commits us to creating sustainable homes, maintaining strong governance and offering support for our diverse employees and customers.
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Sovereign's Quarterly Performance Update covering the 9-month period to 31 December 2021

Sovereign releases Q3 performance update reports good progress for the first nine months of the 2021/22 financial year based on unaudited management accounts.
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Regulator issues Sovereign with Regulatory Notice

A notice from the Regulator of Social Housing that Sovereign’s management of statutory health and safety compliance has breached Home Standard requirements.
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Sovereign joins Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network

Sovereign Housing Association has joined Business in the Community (BITC), the largest and longest established business-led network dedicated to responsible business
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Steve Brine, MP, visits Sovereign’s affordable homes at Knights Quarter, Winchester

Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandlers Ford, met with Mark Washer, Sovereign CEO, and Harry Lewis, Berkeley Southern Managing Director, at their Knights Quarter development in Winchester city
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Domestic abuse survey from Sovereign aims to benchmark progress

Sovereign Housing Association launched a survey on Monday 17 January 2022 to gain feedback from those who’ve used its domestic abuse support services.
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Graffiti artist Hazard is painting murals for us in Bristol to cover persistent tagging.

Graffiti artist Hazard is painting murals chosen by our customers in Bristol to cover persistent tagging. The three large paintings feature much loved local people and flags of those in the community.
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Social Value essential as Sovereign selects 17 new solicitors firms to work with.

Social value was a new priority for Sovereign Housing Association recently as it selected the 17 solicitors’ firms that it will work with over the next five years.
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Seed funding helps Tisbury Children’s Community Garden grow

Sovereign Housing Association donated £500 to Tisbury Children's Community Garden to set the group on its way to a green-fingered future.
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MBE for social housing champion Joyce Ward

Joyce Ward, a former English teacher from just outside Wantage, Oxfordshire has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list.
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Sovereign are making the city more affordable at Winchester’s Knight’s Quarter Development

Sovereign launched their shared ownership homes at the Knights Quarter development in the centre of Winchester.
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New procurement partnership builds in diversity goals

Sovereign is the first housing association in the UK to launch a partnership with Kaleida, a B2B marketplace that allows procurement teams to advertise tenders and connect with diverse suppliers.
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Countryside and Sovereign joint-venture partnership

Countryside and Sovereign joint-venture partnership to acquire 365-acre Lotmead Farm, Swindon, to deliver up to 2,500 homes
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£75,000 grants available to support employment and skills projects

Sovereign Housing Association, working with The Good Exchange, has grants available for community projects that focus on supporting people to upskill, access training, find work or self-employment.
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Isle of Wight spaces to get £37.7k makeover

Ten projects, submitted by locals in East Cowes, Newport and Ryde, will receive a share of over £37.7k from Sovereign’s Your Community Your Choice (YCYC) programme
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Further funding keeps Youth Club on Wheels turning

We've given further funding of £5,000 to Young Bristol mini cap project with Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of the Clarion Housing Group providing match funding.
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Sovereign’s Quarterly Performance Update covering the 6-month period to 30 September 2021

Sovereign releases Q2 performance update reports good progress for the first half of the new 2021/22 financial year based on unaudited management accounts.
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Sovereign Housing Association highlights financial support for customers in ‘Talk Money Week’

Sovereign Housing Association has launched a £150,000 fund to help its customers buy all kinds of items and services from white goods to work clothes.
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Sovereign to deliver affordable homes at Horlicks Quarter

Sovereign CEO, Mark Washer, and Rob Perrins, CEO, Berkeley, celebrate affordable homes being created at the iconic Horlicks Quarter, Slough’s first new major residential town centre scheme.
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Bristol spaces to get £27k makeover

Sovereign Housing Association is working alongside Bristol residents to transform the outdoor spaces around where they live.
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New service opening in North Dorset on World Homeless Day

Six people in North Dorset currently experiencing homelessness will have a new place to call their own thanks to a partnership between Sovereign Housing Association and Dorset County Council.
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Internet sensation Jackie Weaver encourages young people to speak their minds

Young people from Sovereign's Youth Panel will have an opportunity to pick the brains of internet sensation Jackie Weaver during an online one-on-one session on 26 September.
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£80,500 to boost community crowdfunding

Community projects and charities based within three miles of Sovereign homes in the South and South West can apply for a share of £80,500 to boost the fundraising they’ve already done.
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Virtual cooking club provides a year of square meals for Bristol families

As many as 60 families could benefit from free food kits and an online cookery course being run by Bristol’s cookery school, Square Food Foundation and Sovereign.
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Dragon's Den challenge for enterprising residents

Sovereign is investing more than £25k over the next year to offer free training and grant funding to support entrepreneurs running their own business or moving to self employment.
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Sovereign runs free back-to-work webinars for those facing redundancy and furlough

Sovereign is running a free webinar to support those across the south of England considering their work options as furlough draws to an end.
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Ending the cycle of homelessness with peer-led support

Six people who have experienced long-term homelessness will have a place to call their own thanks to a new venture between Sovereign and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.
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£150,000 grant programme to support residents’ life goals launched

Sovereign Housing Association is making £150k in grants available to residents across its geography as part of its Thriving Communities strategy.
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Homes England funding will mean 3,338 new affordable homes

Sovereign has formed a new strategic partnership with Homes England to deliver 3,338 affordable homes, with a new allocation of grant funding worth £166.9m.
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£44,500 grants support mental and physical health in communities

Sovereign, working with not-for-profit digital fundraising platform The Good Exchange, gave grants between £1,000 and £5,520 to community projects that focused on health and wellbeing.
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Partnership approach to supporting families leaving Afghanistan

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is working with local housing providers and other partners to offer homes for families who have had to leave Afghanistan.
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Q1 update from Sovereign Housing Association

Sovereign Housing Association continues to demonstrate strong progress for the first quarter of the new 2021/22 financial year.
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Pennyfarthing Homes advised on new development

Steele Raymond have advised Pennyfarthing Homes on the sale of 66 residential units to Sovereign, located on the new Potters Wood site in Verwood, Dorset.
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Emerson’s Green festival opens up music for all

Emerson’s Green residents will enjoy the sound of music from the Ham Farm Festival this weekend, 25 to 28 July, thanks to a funding boost by Sovereign.
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Free boxing programme for Bristol teens

Empire Fighting Chance partners with Sovereign and Clarion Housing to deliver a school holidays boxing programme for vulnerable young people.
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Entrepreneurs festival is a ‘shoe in’ in Trowbridge

A new festival in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, is celebrating the unusual skills and talents of its young residents aged 18 to 25.
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Pocket Power partnership helps tackle fuel poverty

Sovereign launches new £10k partnership with switching service ‘Pocket Power’ to support those of its customers struggling with fuel poverty.
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Foyer for the Island receives national accreditation

The Foyer on the Isle of Wight has gained national accreditation for ‘its impressive commitment to investment in young people’.
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Sovereign retains high credit ratings

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has today confirmed that Sovereign has maintained the highest rating of G1/V1.
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Sovereign supports Bristol mums to boost employability

Sovereign has teamed up with the south west-based The Women’s Work Lab to offer a free employment and training course for mums.
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£2k pick me up for Mini-Ambassadors

A group of 13 young people from Bristol aged 5-10 years old are coming out of lockdown raring to go on community projects, thanks to funding of £2,000.
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£35k available for outdoor community projects

Sovereign residents living in Abingdon are invited to submit project ideas for creating great outdoor spaces for their whole community.
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New homes are tops at former Magistrates’ Court in Yate

On Friday 7 May the topping out ceremony was held to celebrate progress at the former Magistrates’ Court in Kennedy Way, Yate.
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Community larders come to West Berkshire

Two community larders will launch over the next few months in West Berkshire offering local residents the chance to save both pounds and the planet.
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Blue heritage plaque for PC Albert Alexander

Newbury Town Council is pleased to announce the unveiling of a blue plaque for the first person in the world to be treated with Penicillin.
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Gender pay gap just 1.7% at leading housing association

Sovereign's gender pay gap is low at 1.7% - but the housing association says it will continue to strive for parity for women.
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Sovereign CEO joins board of diversity charity

Leadership 2025 has announced the appointment of six new board members, including Sovereign’s CEO Mark Washer.
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Supporting customers into employment or training

Sovereign wants to lend even more support to those in their communities seeking employment or training offers.
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Apply now for £90,000 of Sovereign community grants

Leading housing association Sovereign is continuing its work with not-for-profit digital fundraising platform The Good Exchange for a further two years.
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Four Abingdon projects gain a funding boost

Twenty-one groups, charities and individuals put in a bid to try and win up to £10,000 funding from housing association Sovereign during the winter lockdown.
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Six Bristol projects have X-factor to gain a funding boost

Fifteen groups, charities and individuals put in a bid to try and win up to £20,000 funding from housing association Sovereign during the winter lockdown.
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3,000 young people benefit from career advice on IoW

£32,000 from Sovereign has seen 3,000 young people from 10 different schools talk to 800 businesses about employment opportunities for the future.
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Homes and Place Standard launched

Sovereign Housing Association has launched a Homes and Place Standard which will be the quality benchmark for every property it owns and for the communities where its customers live.
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Sovereign Kickstart applications open

Sovereign Housing Association has 40 paid work placements available through its Kickstart job placement scheme. The roles are open to anyone aged 16-24 and currently on Universal Credit.
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Whisper becomes a roar in fight for clean energy

Innovative environmental art project ‘Moths to a Flame’ has been funded £10,000 via the Sovereign Housing Association Thriving Communities Fund.
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Giving young people a voice on housing issues

Nine young people living in homes owned or managed by Sovereign Housing Association have started a new forum so that they can have their say on the future of housing.
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Welcome new Board member – Pamela Leonce

Outstanding public speaker and leadership coach Pamela Leonce has joined the Board at Sovereign Housing Association.
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Fabulous food boxes from Mamas Bristol CIC

In just four weeks, 150 fabulous food boxes worth nearly £30 each have been distributed to families and individuals across Bristol by community group Mamas Bristol CIC.
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Sovereign to build 136 quality new homes in Thornbury

Sovereign is working in partnership with Miller Homes, and investing almost £50m into building 136 as part of the Miller Homes @ Cleve Wood development.
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60 new homes in Ash, Aldershot

Sovereign Housing Association has purchased a 5.2 hectare former stables site in Ash near Aldershot to build 60 elegant new affordable homes for the local area.
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Sovereign appoints new Chief Operating Officer

Sovereign has today announced that Nicole Sharp will take up a new role as Chief Operating Officer the role will encompass all our customer-facing operations.
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Sovereign supports Children's mental health projects

In Children’s Mental Health Week (1-7 February) we’re highlighting some the projects we’ve worked on with charity providers via the Good Exchange and Crowdfunder.
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Sovereign donations mean £47.5k for lockdown learning

Sovereign Housing Association donations will give disadvantaged children access to laptops so they can learn from home during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Sovereign kickstarts employment for young people

Sovereign Housing Association is offering 40 young people the chance to kickstart their careers with a six-month paid work placement in departments across the organisation.
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Teaming up to help the island’s unemployed into work

The Isle of Wight’s two leading housing associations have teamed up to help give islanders essential skills as the economy recovers after Covid-19.
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Older people’s needs must be embedded in planning

Tom Titherington, is calling for all housing developers and planners to embed older people’s housing needs into their working practices.
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Sally Hyndman appointed as Chief People Officer

Sovereign has today announced that Sally Hyndman has been appointed as the new Chief People Officer and that she will take up her post on 18 January 2021.
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Building starts for affordable housing in Thatcham

An old industrial estate in Thatcham is being turned into a brand new development which will bring much needed affordable homes to the area.
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Lockdown Woods commemorate the positives

Sovereign joined teams of people including the MP for Newbury, Laura Farris and her family, to plant 200 saplings in a new ‘Lockdown Wood’.
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A blooming good show for Sovereign’s Carnarvon Place!

The RHS awarded Sovereign’s housing for older people scheme, Carnarvon Place, a Certificate of Recognition for their Community Garden.
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Sovereign launches £40k ‘Your Community Your Choice’

We've teamed up with VocalEyes to provide a platform for local residents to decide how £40K is spent in their community in Bristol.
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Sovereign supports a hunger free future

Sovereign is supporting the Trussell Trust charity and the ‘More Than Homes’ campaign that aims to put food on the table for vulnerable people in the UK.
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Sovereign’s support for households in fuel poverty

Sovereign is highlighting the need to support their residents most in need on National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day today, Friday 27 November.
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Building the future of social value in social housing

Sovereign, Clarion Futures, and Fusion21 are confirmed as the first investors in HACT’s social value roadmap to measure social impact.
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Support to end loneliness during the lockdown

Sovereign Housing Association is helping their elderly Devon residents keep busy and keep loneliness at bay during lockdown.
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Activity packs brighten up the day

Sovereign Housing Association is giving out activity packs to help some of its most vulnerable residents get through the long days ahead.
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