Yes2Ventures (Y2V) is a registered charity and social firm development agency that has been creating jobs and opportunities for people who are severely disadvantaged in the labour market for the last 20 years. Mark Powell, the founder and CEO, tells unLTD all about its new premises The Social – a ‘marketplace for inclusion’.

Tell us about your business – sell yourselves!

The Social is a marketplace for inclusion in Sheffield’s city centre (24/26 Snig Hill) where we are building an enterprise to help Y2V achieve its social objectives.

‘The Social’ is its name and it will also be the name of the bar that will open there for drinks and snacks from late August. The bar has been built by our committed team of construction and craft workers and will be open 12 till 9 from Wednesday to Saturday (plus the occasional Bank Holiday!).

The Social has different elements. First is artSocial, an art gallery and performance space exhibiting the work of local artists, and new and established artists from elsewhere. artSocial also runs workshops to help people from all walks of life to be creative.

Next is craftSocial, which trains people in craft work from printmaking and origami to woodwork and picture framing. We will have a craft shop for our products at The Social.

foodSocial is special, and trains people to work in the catering industry, creates jobs and prepares good food for sale.

infoSocial is a social information point, helping people find their way through the twists and turns of job finding, volunteering, mental health support and benefits issues – and bankSocial is a financial resource to help local people move towards independence and fulfilled lives. brewSocial is just around the corner. Watch this space!

Who are your customers and how are you targeting them?

Y2V creates jobs and opportunities for people who are severely disadvantaged in the labour market for health related and social reasons.

Whether you are looking to re-enter the labour market, want to learn new skills, or just need some help overcoming some of the barriers holding you back from doing what you want to do, Yes2Ventures might be able to help.

Our website and Facebook page has information about The Social, its activities and its products.

How can people get in touch with you?

Phone:  07904 586584



Facebook: @Yes2Ventures

Address: Y2V – Unit 2A Neepsend House, 1 Percy Street, Sheffield, S3 8BT

The Social – 24/26 Snig Hill, Sheffield, S3 8NB

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