Sovereign Housing

Flourishing neighbourhoods

Our dedicated Employment and Training team can give advice and support on topics ranging from CV writing to applying for grants to support learning or accessing job opportunities.

Because of the dedication of the team, over the last year, 584 residents engaged with our Employment and Training service and 234 residents achieved work or better work. This year we helped our 1,000th resident into work or better-paid work.

We want to maximise the impact of everything we do, so we also include social value in our procurement process. This means suppliers work with us to create job opportunities or invest in initiatives to support our neighbourhoods and communities. 

As Universal Credit (UC) continues to roll out, we’re offering a personal and tailored service to support residents make the transition, and take control of their finances. So far, over 6,900 tenancies have moved to UC and by 2023, all 27,000 of our eligible tenancies will have moved across. 

Arrears for those affected by UC stand at 6%, higher than the 2% across our social homes, but below levels seen elsewhere. As we move towards the full rollout, we’ll continue to offer personalised support – minimising the impact and making the process as seamless as possible.

As well as offering support with financial and employment issues, our Community Engagement team give back up to those residents who want to engage in community and estate activities in their area. There are nine groups so far – with 69 Sovereign residents and 49 members of the community. The groups set their purpose and projects – but we asked that the benefit is for the whole community. We provide training and support, as well as seed funding to help them get set up and self-sufficient within three years.

A community engagement officer monitors and supports each project, helping residents to measure their success through their action plan and objectives. These groups not only bring residents together, but also help members to develop their own skills and abilities, investing time and effort into projects that really mean something to them, from gardening groups to playground revamps.