Barnsley Community Build

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Building opportunities for young people and housing for vulnerable adults

Organisation type

Community construction

Award amount


Award date

October 2015

Barnsley Community Build is a charity based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire with fourteen years’ experience training and providing education in the construction sector for 16-24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training. Barnsley is an area of multiple deprivation and the number of people aged over 16 with no formal qualifications is 10% greater than the national average. Over the last three years, 73 apprentices achieved a full Level 2 Framework in General Construction with 84% of these moving into full-time employment afterwards.

Barnsley Community Build goes beyond construction training. It provides community rented accommodation for vulnerable people, rented premises for local small business, a community café with meals on wheels for elderly residents and opportunities for volunteering in the café.

Key objectives & Outcomes

Grant purpose

The Power to Change grant will be used to cover the cost of 10 trainees and recruitment of two full-time staff. This has also unlocked a Key Fund loan which will help purchase properties for apprentices to renovate, creating live work experiences.

Improved social inclusion

Barnsley Community Build provides training and education in the construction industry, with opportunities for some of the most difficult to engage local residents, mainly long-term unemployed or young people not in employment, education or training.


Receiving a Power to Change grant of £100,000 unlocked a £300,000 Key Fund loan for Barnsley Community Build, which meant they could simultaneously cover the costs of taking on trainees, employees and purchasing property for apprentices to renovate.