barnsley community build

Key Fund has invested in Barnsley Community Build since 2005, proving long-term support can have powerful impact on job creation in the most deprived areas.


Barnsley Community Build (BCB) is a registered charity with a trading arm, BCB Trading Ltd. They develop and deliver a range of community services, and provide employment and training in the construction industry.

their story

A former industrial town in decline, there was a need to nurture new employment.

Barnsley Community Build was created by Barnsley Development Agency and Barnsley Council in April 2001. It has evolved into a self-sustaining social enterprise.

BCB runs community-based construction projects, and industry recognised training, providing valuable skilled employment & training.

Their success is helping the long-term unemployed – those with a poor academic record, or from a troubled lifestyle – that prevents them from securing employment, training, or to socially engage. Key Fund’s most recent investment – a £400k grant/loan in 2015 – was to assist BCB to buy properties for live building projects for trainees, and create 10 new jobs.

BCB also supports an ever-increasing number of charities and community groups building stronger social foundations, as well as providing accommodation for homeless people recovering from health issues.

Their community café delivers meals on wheels and luncheon clubs, offering good food and company to those at risk of isolation, such as the elderly.


Over the last three years, 107 apprentices have benefited; 93% have achieved a full NVQ level 2, with a completion rate of 94%; 84% moved into fulltime employment. Figures that are well above both local and national averages.

In 2014/15, 28 community volunteering events saw over 1000 volunteers participating.

We are now a diverse organisation always in tune with what’s happening around us – even more so with the economic uncertainties we continue to face. We have developed new services to support people that are most at need. The Key Fund has been a strong influence in where we are today. Alongside the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Key Fund have been there in hard times.”

Steve Palmer, Operations Manager, BCB.