We are committed to running our business in an ethical and sustainable manner so that our operations have a positive impact on society.

As an organisation that reinvests its profits, known as its surplus, into homes and services, we aim to create social value across all of our operations by managing our social, environmental and economic impact. This means investing in communities, delivering value for money for our stakeholders and creating local employment opportunities.

Community investment

We know that building strong communities is as important as providing a home. Sanctuary works across the country to support local people and agencies to develop the services essential to creating thriving neighbourhoods.

Investing in communities

Sanctuary invests over a million pounds in cash, time and resources each year in activities and projects that help to support neighbourhoods and improve the lives of local people.

Our objective is to support the development of successful and sustainable communities in the areas where we operate by:

  • investing in the delivery of community-led programmes, projects and facilities which address the needs of our customers.

  • working in partnership to develop the capacity of communities to deliver and manage community-led projects.

The video below is an example of one of our community investment projects. Love Sport helps people to be more active and is a partnership with Sport England to allow people to grow a passion for sport and fitness:

Our priorities

We want community projects to create long-term sustainable change and we achieve this by working with local residents and organisations using a grass roots community-led approach. We connect with people, listen and work with a range of local partners to take action that delivers local solutions.

Our community investments therefore work within a set of values that underpin our relationships with residents and community partners and encourage the following:

  • people are supported to have a say in making their own choices and decisions.
  • people can be supported in using their own unique skills to influence and contribute in the community.

As such, we fund projects that meet one of our five core themes and which benefit residents in the areas where we work.

Our themes are:

  • Employment, education, skills and training
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Community safety and infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Financial inclusion.

Sanctuary community investment funding:

Sanctuary's Grand Ideas Fund is our small grants programme that supports projects that make a difference to people in our communities. For further information on the funding criteria and how to apply, visit the Grand Ideas Fund page.

For further information:

A young person playing Zorb football in Banbury