Our History

Background/History

michelle p 001Sheffield Cubed was created in April 2013 following the merger of Sheffield Well-being Consortium, Sheffield Youth Consortium and Prosper. The purpose of the merger was to reduce duplication; maximise economies of scale, to develop and expand the business through wining additional contracts; enable the Hub Team to become sustainable through additional management fees and support members to secure and deliver a wider range of contracts. We are a company limited by guarantee and registered charity.

In 2008 the third sector in Sheffield recognised that funding was reducing and the public sector were under increasing pressure to maximise efficiency by awarding fewer large scale contracts, whilst developing more innovative services to meet local need.  A number of third sector consortia were established to focus on particular areas of work, these consortia included:

Sheffield Wellbeing Consortium, established in May 2008, came from a desire amongst local organisations to work together more effectively. Members realised that there would be much greater scope for securing contracts and for joint service planning leading to improved services for beneficiaries through a consortium approach

Propser (trading as Sheffield Works). Prosper was established by SOAR, Manor & Castle Development Trust, Burngreave Works and ZEST. It was a company limited by guarantee, with all the work delivered through the member organisations. These organisations were delivering a range of employability services to their communities. With the Government’s introduction of the Work Programme they recognised that the larger Prime Contractors would want a single contracting point and Prosper was established to enable these organisations to secure employability and training contracts to be delivered by the member organisations.

Sheffield Youth Consortium was established by Zest who acted as the lead partner. It brought together third sector organisations who delivered activities for young people. The Youth Consortium secured Positive Activities for Young People funding from Sheffield City Council and delivered a range of locally accessible activities through the member organisations.

The above organisations took the decision to merge in early 2013 and became Sheffield Cubed.