Supply and affordability issues in the UK housing market are well known and are now systemic putting greater upward pressure on house prices, in turn affecting affordability levels driving greater demand to the rental sector.
Typically a fragmented market, the UK rental sector is predominantly privately managed, with the standard of home and the level of landlord care varying considerably. As a result of changes in taxation and costs of entry, in recent years many small private landlords have chosen to exit the market, further reducing supply and increasing demand.
Having a sense of community is really important. Feeling like you belong and that you are a part of a community helps to make you feel safe.
We feel we have a responsibility to do what we can to help promote a sense of community. Sigma holds annual on-site events throughout the year on all our sites. These events have included, wood-fired pizza oven nights, a branded ice cream dash in the summer, Easter Egg hunts and visits from Santa, his elves and reindeer at Christmas.
Every year Sigma supports local schools, sports clubs and charities to help the areas to flourish.
Sigma regularly helps local primary schools, with donations of between £2,000-£8,000 to support projects important to those schools.
Projects have included new school libraries, all-school theatre trips, playground equipment and IT equipment.
Daniel Gauld, Head Teacher at River View Primary School, said: “We’re really grateful for the second donation from Sigma. Nature and being outdoors is brilliant for the children’s mental health and wellbeing and the new pond area is brilliant.
“The outdoor greenhouse built from the first donation allows us to associate reading time within playtime and has made a huge difference to the school.”
Ian Mason, Head Teacher at Mills Hill Primary School, comments: “The childrens’ daily walks around the playground eventually developed into them running three times a week and it’s brilliant to see that fitness levels have improved.
“We encourage our children to be both active physically and to be creative with their environment. The much-needed money from Sigma has transformed our playground and facilities and allowed our pupils to reap the benefits of keeping fit.”
Mrs Joanne Cupitt, Librarian at St Theresa’s School, said: “The donation has been used to buy plenty of new books for all of the children, which is proving very popular. There is also a sensory roof, reading pods and a fantastic den and mezzanine area, which is being used creatively to replicate different parts of popular books, for example, at the moment it is taking the form of a magical castle. The money has also funded a barcode scanning and checking in system which is used to track the books.”
Lulyana, one of the pupil librarians, said: “the library is my favourite place to be in school.”
Simple Life was proud to be the main sponsor for the Sale Colts (under 18s) Rugby Club for the third year running, with our sponsorship continuing to help the club to fund its team kit.
Our support also contributes towards their Rugby in schools scheme, which aims to get more pupils, in particular, female students into playing Rugby.