THE donation of building materials has allowed a charity to help some of the most disadvantaged young people in Sheffield to learn basic construction skills.
Endeavour, based in the Fir Vale area, offers programmes of personal development, education and social action to disadvantaged young people. The charity partnered with Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) to organise visits to the partnership’s new build construction projects underway in the city.
Following these visits, SHC donated bricks, breeze blocks, and some funding to help Endeavour in its work with young people.
The organisation teamed up with WiCAT (Women in Construction Arts and Technology) to deliver taster sessions in basic construction skills, allowing learners to gain hands on experience.
Now, Endeavour is taking the project forward with new sessions, and plans are in place to build a barbeque and clay pizza oven at the charity’s HQ – once everyone has got to grips with the bricks and mortar.
“We’d like to thank SHC for the kind donation,” said Anita Redfern, the organisation’s learning mentor. “The initial sessions were fantastic and it was great to see enthusiastic young people engaging in a meaningful activity that was both fun and informative.
“We are delighted to be able to continue providing these construction skills based taster sessions, which could well provide the confidence our young people need to move forward with their learning and to maybe consider a career in construction in the future.”
SHC is a joint venture development company formed by Sheffield City Council and partners Keepmoat Homes and Great Places Housing Group. Its goal is to improve the quality and choice of housing across the city, while creating jobs, encouraging investment and supporting the communities in which it works.
Supporting educational and training projects is a key element of SHC’s programme to help create apprenticeship and job opportunities. It is currently working on the second phase of a 25-year plan to build 2,300 new affordable homes for sale, shared ownership and rent, across the city. To date it says almost 600 homes have been completed, over 50 apprentices employed, approaching 500 jobs created and more than £10 million spent with local suppliers.
Steve Lapthorne, Keepmoat Finance Director (Yorkshire) and a director of SHC said: “We are delighted to be able to support this initiative. Our goal is not just to build high quality homes in Sheffield but also to engage with and support communities, developing skills and creating opportunities.”
Main image: (Left to right) Medeina Sipaviciute; Falaq Nasim; Anita Redfern, Endeavour learning mentor; Nadira Tasmin; Josh Bluff; and Steve Lapthorne