Dearne Community Housing Scheme

Dearne Community Housing in Goldthorpe

This project is unique and has built a partnership between Barnsley Community Build (BCB), Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC), Berneslai Homes and Efficiency North to tackle long term empty properties in our community. The project uses apprentices aged between 16-24 that are trained through BCB in the building and construction industry and have their assessments in the houses they have worked in. Using Big Local money four houses were purchased in the Goldthorpe area and these will be renovated to a high standard and then let at just below market rent to local people in need.

The project is bringing these properties back into use, giving valuable jobs, skills and training opportunities, improving the environment and boosting local economy by using local companies for fixtures and fittings.

We would like to sincerely thank all those organisations and individuals who have given their support to provide life changing opportunities for some of the most vulnerable in our communities, it really does makes a difference.

We have just completed our second property on Albert Road which is currently advertised to let through Berneslai Homes. Working with Barnsley Community Build the 34 Albert Road housing project has supported:

  • 9 people in securing full time employment
  • 75 on site NVQ assessments
  • 382 Apprenticeship training and skills development days on site
  • Helped support 2 full time construction supervisor’s jobs
  • Helped to support 5 full time construction apprenticeship salaries
  • Provided 14 work experience places for traineeship learners
  • Improved the visual image of the area, encouraged neighbours & landlords to invest in their properties
  • Provide a new quality affordable home for rent

The housing project is widely recognised and applauded for the projects achievements.

Local & National Awards

EN:Able Efficiency North 2016 - Highly Commended

EN:Able Efficiency North 2016 - Highly Commended

The Dearne Community Housing project has won local and national accolades and attracted external funding from BMBC, Efficiency North and Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Nesta New Radicals 2016

Nesta New Radicals 2016

Every two years, the New Radicals list showcases 50 radical thinking individuals and organisations changing the UK for the better. In 2016 the Dearne Community Housing project was chosen to be part of the list by a panel of judges.