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Yorkshire and the Humber

Canopy Housing

Canopy Housing renovates empty homes with the help of volunteers and homeless people, who then move in to the properties having created good quality homes for themselves. This brings properties back in to use, addresses housing issues and also helps people to develop construction skills. The project creates employment and regenerates disadvantaged communities. A £256,000… Continue Reading

St. Thomas Crookes

St Thomas Crookes is a Church aiming to help people `live life better’ and transform their community. One of its key roles is to train others, particularly young leaders. A £750,000 loan from Unity helped them in developing their campus through linking the existing church to community buildings by constructing a new multilevel entrance with… Continue Reading

The York Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders (YACRO)

A registered social landlord, YACRO provides housing for homeless ex-offenders. They have a number of supported residential facilities where residents can live independently in safe environments. This helps them become productive individuals and integrate back into society. As part of their development our loan helped with buying Hollinrake House, a new five bedroom residential property.

Northern Hull Community Development

This charity supports their local community through a variety of projects. Part of this is buying housing to rent out affordably to the local residents, in an area that has a high level of unemployment and homelessness. An £800,000 loan from Unity helped boost their portfolio through purchasing up to 18 one or two bed… Continue Reading

Action Housing and Support

This housing association provides settled accommodation for a number of vulnerable groups and those on the margins of society. They provide support and advice to their tenants. Their focus is on helping people live independently, helping people to set up homes and promote living responsibly in society. A Unity loan of £600,000 helped to purchase… Continue Reading

Key Fund Investments

Key Fund provides investment to support the development and growth of trading activity in community and social enterprises, based or working in the North and Midlands of England. The ultimate aim being to enable them to become more sustainable, in both financial and impact terms. Key fund is a long term customer of Unity, having… Continue Reading

DonBac

Unity loaned £125,000 as part of the RGF programme, to provide loans and advice to help local businesses and civil society organisations grow across South Yorkshire and the wider Sheffield city region.

Skills 4 Communities

Skills4Communities currently delivers service contracts to help its clients with sustainable employment, employability skills, self employment and functional skills, arts and crafts to build confidence and transferrable skills. They include long-term unemployed, families facing barriers to employment or/and social prospects, BME, people in work, people made redundant or at risk, and young people. A £60,000… Continue Reading

Heeley Development Trust

Heeley Development Trust delivers a number of projects within the local area of Heeley, south of Sheffield including youth, community, environmental and economic development. A number of enterprises and assets are used to benefit and bring together the local community, including managing a public park and running a social enterprise Recycle Bikes supporting disengaged young… Continue Reading

Basics Plus

Basics Plus provides training and work opportunities for adults with learning difficulties in Scarborough. Basics Plus is a social enterprise with 80+ learning disabled students and a diverse range of enterprise activities. One such enterprise is visitor centre Betton Farm. The attraction includes many facilities such as tea rooms and restaurant, a farm shop and… Continue Reading


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