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Sharon’s Story

SOAR provides an established employment service. Working with a range of people,
from young job seekers just out of education to those with long-term health conditions,
we continue to lead, support and empower individuals to value their transferable skills
and recognise their capabilities.

Sharon became unemployed in June 2019 having worked at the Northern General Hospital as a Catering Assistant for just short of 30 years! She was referred to SOAR via her GP and was contacted by Marc from the SOAR Employment Team to see how he could support her. After an initial chat, it became apparent that Sharon wanted to move into Retail but felt her confidence had taken a knock since losing her job at NHS due to health issues.

My Guide Volunteering

My Guide is a great service to increase your own personal skills and to have the opportunity to help people with a visual impairment. Within the role, you are partnered with a visually impaired individual based on similar interests. Amongst yourselves, you agree on an activity plan, which you then partake in for a couple of hours once a fortnight. By doing this you are increasing their confidence to go out in the community and giving them the opportunity to do things they previously could not do. This is also a great opportunity for you to socialise with new people and perhaps to do different activities. Before commencing the role full training is provided after a reference and DBS check is completed. All out of pocket expenses are given within limit.’

Amina’s Story – A Better Life

Age Better in Sheffield is a partnership of individuals and organisations who work together across Sheffield to tackle loneliness and isolation for people aged 50 and over. Read on to find out about one of our clients journeys. 

Amina* is single and lives in her own house with her son, and is working two jobs to support her family and pay her mortgage, earning £200 per month. Working two jobs has caused problems with her tax-code and Universal Credit benefit, so with the support of SOAR’s Community Development Worker (CDW), Amina met with Citizen’s Advice (SCALC) to see if she was over-paying her tax and/or entitled to a higher benefit rate.

Saima’s Story – A Better Life

Age Better in Sheffield is a partnership of individuals and organisations who work together across Sheffield to tackle loneliness and isolation for people aged 50 and over. Read on to find out about one of our clients journeys. 

Saima has recently lost her husband, and since then her health has deteriorated, which has led to frequent attendance at her GP surgery.  Saima never managed the finances or bills for her house and was left with expenses that she didn’t know how to manage.  Due to this, she had to leave her home and move in with her daughter as she could not afford to run her house on her own.

Shiregreen and Brightside Community Star Award

Every year the Shiregreen and Brightside community get together and recognise stars within the community. One of those stars happened to be our very own Senior Development Work, Helen Warren.

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Shiregreen and Brightside community, Helen was awarded the Community Stars Award 2019. The Shiregreen and Brightside councillors thanked Helen and placed on record their appreciation of the efforts made to improve the lives of people in the world.

Welcome to SOAR

Here at SOAR, we are constantly evolving and changing in the pursuit of excellence. To help achieve this, our recruitment processes are about getting the right people, to fit the right posts.

Alex Thomson – Single Point of Access Coordinator

Alex joins the organisation as a Single Point of Access Coordinator and is responsible for working across North2 Primary Care Network, managing all social prescribing referrals from GP’s in the area and signposting clients to the services that best suit their needs.