Social Responsibility

One of our key values at Sigma is being ‘passionate about people’, from our residents, to the communities to which our developments sit, to those within our business too.

We know that a home isn’t just the bricks and mortar, or even the property itself, it is often the wider area that creates a sense of belonging. We work with local schools and charities to help communities to thrive and create attractive places for residents to live. Ultimately, the better the schools, the longer the families want to stay and feel embedded in their local community

Creating Communities

Our 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 you are a part of a community makes people feel safe.

We feel we have a responsibility to do what we can, to offer a platform to give residents the opportunity to mix with others. Our annual on-site events have included wood-fired pizza oven nights, a branded ice cream van dash throughout summer, Easter Egg hunts and visits from Santa, his elves and reindeer at Christmas.

Supporting the Wider Community

With our background in regeneration, Sigma has a vested interest in not only the community within our own neighbourhoods, but also the wider local communities to which they sit.

Every year Sigma supports local schools, sports clubs and charities to help the areas to flourish.

Sigma continually helps local primary schools by giving donations between £2,000-£8,000 on a project of their choice. Projects have included new school libraries, all-school theatre trips, playground equipment and regeneration and IT equipment.

RIVER VIEW PRIMARY SCHOOL, SALFORD

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.”

MILLS HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL, MIDDLETON

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.”

ST THERESA’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, SHEFFIELD

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.”

The Albert Lawn Tennis Club, Wolverhampton

Supporting Wolverhampton’s ‘ACE’ Tennis Players

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.

We support a range of charities that are important to our residents, our staff and partners.

Investing in our People

The health, wellbeing and personal development of our staff is paramount.

As a company we support staff by funding new qualifications from RICS Chartered Surveyor Qualifications, to Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and CIM (marketing) Diplomas.

We continually look to build good relationships between all Sigma offices and employees, by having bi-annual all-company social events and activities. We also have an annual Sigma staff magazine which reveals winners of our annual staff recognition awards.

We also look out for our staff with perks such as Well Boxes full of healthy snacks and treats through lockdown in 2020. We continually look at new initiatives to keep our staff healthy and happy.

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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