Our social purpose

Southern Housing is one of the largest not-for-profit housing providers in the UK. We’ve over 167,000 residents, many of whom live in social housing.

The past few years have brought some extraordinary challenges for everyone. But it’s the poorest and most vulnerable who’ve been hit the hardest.

It’s made our social purpose more important than ever. Our embeddedness in the local community means we can be the key agents for positive change.

We want to help our residents overcome life challenges and ensure they can live their best lives.

We’re about more than just providing somewhere to live – we believe in building thriving communities.

We do this in a number of ways, including:

  • Employment and enterprise support – help to find the right career, upskill with training or volunteering opportunities, guidance through job searching to interview
  • Financial support – help to make benefit claims, budgeting guidance, access to grants and essential household items
  • Digital support – access to affordable digital devices and connections, training to make the most of being online
  • Wellbeing support – free courses and activities focused on improving mental and physical health
  • Sustainability support – free energy advice to help lower bills, retrofit work to improve energy efficiency
  • Our in-house charity, Fresh Visions – supporting young people with training opportunities and after-school activities, counselling for domestic-abuse survivors, reaching out to older people experiencing loneliness and isolation.

Partnership opportunities

Partnerships are a great way to support our social purpose. With combined resources we can maximise our reach, and the impact we can have on our residents and their communities.

There are numerous opportunities for joint working – from facilitating  training and employment opportunities, to providing digital devices for disadvantaged families, to investing in projects and initiatives that support local people and communities.

Our projects have ranged from community level to cross-Channel collaboration. Read more below.

Get in touch

Interested in finding out more about the potential of collaborative working? Get in contact and we can talk more about your goals, ambitions, and resources available.

Contact us

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Many Sisters Project

The project provided support to over 300 Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women across Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham, aiming to help them to become more financially resilient.

Many sisters project