Social Responsibility

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There is a structural undersupply of new housing in the UK and demand for quality rental homes, especially for families, is high.

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.

Creating Communities

Sigma’s research shows that location is one of the top items of importance for renters, which is why we select sites close to good amenities, schools, transport links and employment hubs to create homes to provide a long term rental solution.

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.

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Supporting the Wider Community

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We believe it is important to support the wider community in which our developments are located.

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.

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Project: Regeneration of pond area

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.”

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Project: Daily Mile running track

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.”

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Project: Brand new library with creative mezzanine area, books and electronic scanning in/out system

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.”

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The Albert Lawn Tennis Club, Wolverhampton

Supporting Wolverhampton’s ‘ACE’ Tennis Players
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Sale FC Rugby Programme, Greater Manchester

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting local communities, Simple Life were able to sponsor Sale FC Rugby Programme in Greater Manchester.

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.

Sigma supports a range of charities that are important to our residents, our staff and partners.
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Environmental Initiatives

Sigma recognises that it is a long-term stakeholder in the communities and neighbourhoods it creates, and takes this responsibility very seriously.

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