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As a leading educational charity, NOCN is delighted to support the Voluntary Action ‘Make A Difference Awards’ as part of our continued commitment to learning, development and diversity in the local community. NOCN Group is a market-leading international Awarding Organisation (AO) and Government-approved End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) based in Sheffield that has been creating opportunities for 30 years. NOCN Group includes NOCN, NOCN India Skills Foundation, CSkills Awards and One Awards. As a successful not-for-profit business, NOCN provides excellent value for money, with low overheads and the reinvestment of surplus back into the business, resulting in competitive prices and excellent quality.

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In March 2015 eligible businesses within Sheffield city centre voted to invest collectively to improve their environment through the creation of a Business Improvement District (BID).

Sheffield BID is a non-profit organisation which works together with businesses in the city centre to plan and deliver projects which make Sheffield city centre busier, cleaner, safer and easier to access and navigate.

Sheffield BID is pleased to be involved in the Make A Difference Awards because we believe it is important to recognise those individuals and groups who help to improve the lives of others.

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Henry Boot Construction is an award-winning contractor based in Sheffield and Manchester, with 130 years’ experience delivering a wide range of construction services to public and private sector clients. We are a responsible, forward-thinking company that builds on a foundation of transparency and trust through the professionalism of our people.

We work hard to give something back to our local communities through social value and charitable work, along with our traditional commitment to local employment, training and development. We are honoured to support these awards and celebrate the incredible contributions of those whose actions help so many people in Sheffield.


In 1972 South Yorkshire Housing Association was formed with a clear purpose - to provide homes for those most in need.

Nearly 50 years later our purpose hasn’t changed. We’re still here to provide homes for thousands of people, and to do whatever we can to support the individuals and families who live in those homes. With this aim in mind we define our purpose as this:

“With SYHA you can settle at home, live well and realise your potential”.

We’re absolutely thrilled to be supporting VAS’ Make A Difference Awards, and we’re especially proud to be sponsoring the employment and skills category. We can’t wait to recognise the brilliant work of many people and organisations across our city, and celebrate those who are contributing to people’s lives in so many positive ways.


Founded in 1975, Arches Housing focused on renovating older houses into quality homes for communities in north Sheffield. We now provide 1,200 affordable homes across Sheffield and Rotherham and have an ambitious development programme to grow and provide new homes for rent and shared ownership across Sheffield City Region.


Sheffield City Council is proud to be sponsoring the VAS Make a Difference Awards. We need to celebrate the quiet heroes of Sheffield, those people living in our city who do great things to help others and make things happen without fuss, typical Sheffielders!  These people need to be found and to be given a special thank you.


Dr Alan Billings is the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.  He congratulates those recognised in the 2018 Sheffield Make a Difference Awards and thanks everyone in the voluntary and community sector for their contribution.

The projects and their volunteers divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour and support vulnerable people, keeping them safe.

These are the priorities in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan (  The Commissioner’s ‘You’re Only Young Once’ (Y OYO) campaign also works with young people to help them understand the dangers of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and Guns and Gangs. (


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