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About Us

Zest Overview

Our vision is:

To enable everyone in our communities to lead successful and healthy lives.

Our mission is:

$1  1.      To provide a healthy living centre delivering responsive services to tackle local inequalities, including:

-         Health and wellbeing

-         Employment and skills

-         Sport, leisure and recreation

$1  2.      To foster communities where everyone feels welcomed, valued and can fully participate in the life of the community.

$1  3.      To play an active role in supporting other disadvantaged communities in Sheffield.

    

     Our values 

There are five distinct values that underpin our work and make us distinctive.  These are:

 

$1·         Whole-household model - services at the Zest Centre are designed to take a whole-household approach in recognition of the fact that families and individuals have complex issues that cannot necessarily be addressed by one service.

 

$1·         Quality and innovation – we are committed to providing high quality and innovative services for our customers.  We ensure that our staff are highly skilled and flexible to meet the needs of customers and we encourage services to collaborate in order to find new ways of working.

 

$1·         Affordability – we recognise that for people facing disadvantage a significant barrier to accessing services, particularly sports and physical activities is the affordability of those services.  We strive to keep our services affordable for all.

 

$1·         Community engagement – we consult with our customers and local residents about the services they would like to see at the Zest Centre to make sure they respond to their needs.  We also involve local people in service delivery through our extensive volunteering programmes.  Local residents are also involved in the Centre’s Board of Trustees.

 

$1·         Partnership – we work with a range of partners to deliver high quality services to address the needs of our customers and local residents.  We also work with our partners in the city to develop third sector supply chains and we are involved in Sheffield Cubed, one of the main third sector consortiums in the city.

 

 

   

Zest Centre

Zest manages the Zest Centre, formerly known as Upperthorpe Healthy Living Centre. The centre comprises of three refurbished and linked Victorian buildings.

The Zest Centre is a vibrant community-led project for the long-term holistic health improvement of local people ensuring social inclusion, reducing health inequalities, and increasing local people's use of health, education, leisure and recreational facilities. Complementing local, city-wide and national health and social strategies the Zest Centre builds on the strengths of the local community and facilitates local, social and cultural change by widening people's horizons.

Inside the centre you will find a swimming pool, 2 gyms, exercise studio, health improvement schemes, advice services, a public library, a café  and a number of other services.

History

Zest is the trading name for Netherthorpe & Upperthorpe Community Alliance or NUCA. 

NUCA was established in 1997 as a community forum and by 1999 was successful in its bid to deliver an area regeneration programme (SRB 6/ERDF) worth £15 million, for which it was accountable body.  The programme addressed priorities around community capacity, social inclusion, employment and training, community safety and health.  This programme ended in 2006 and received an excellent external evaluation by Atkins Global.   The programme made a substantial impact on the renewal of the area - key changes being:

  • The good level of community capacity evidenced by the continued development and success of Zest.
  • The establishment and continuation of a number of successful projects including the Upperthorpe Healthy Living Centre, One Stop Shop, Youth services and improvements to the public realm.

 In 2007 Upperthorpe Healthy Living Centre Trust transferred full operational management of its centre to Zest.   Zest has shifted its focus from grant funded work to delivery of services and contracts.  In 2008 NUCA adopted a new trading name of 'Zest' to reflect its increasing role in the delivery of public services.   It now works at a local and city wide level and delivers a wide range of services including the DWP Work Programme, the Zest Healthy Living Centre plus a wide range of health, employment, sport and community services.  

Zest is recognised as an example of best practice in its field.  

Trustees

Zest is managed by a board of trustees/directors who are elected on a rotating basis at the Annual General Meeting. They are elected annually by our members.  

Membership of the Charity is open to individuals, Community or Voluntary Groups/Organisations who are interested in promoting the Objects and who live or work in the Netherthorpe, Upperthorpe and Langsett areas of Sheffield and / or are service users.

The board has up to five member trustees and five non member trustees.   Member trustees are elected at the AGM on a rotating basis and the non member trustees are selected by the Trustee Board.   In addition up to two other trustees may be co-opted onto the board.

At present there are eight Trustees:

  • Trustees

     

    Toby Netting - chair

     

    Toby has been a director and on the board of Zest since November 2013 and was elected chair at the start of 2017.  Toby works locally as a solicitor/director in a law firm with a number of offices across the region. Having come to Sheffield in 1991 initially to study, he has, like so many students, remained in the city to live and work. Toby is involved in Zest to support one of the local communities that requires health, sport, youth, library and employment opportunities and would struggle to access those services if Zest did not exist. Not being from the third sector, Toby brings wider sets of skills and experience that add value to the board and the organisation as a whole.

     

    Abdul Abdulrub 

    Abdul is a local resident and businessman who was been the Chair of Zest from 2005 - 2017.    Abdul is also a Trustee of YAFA, a local Yemeni charity.   Abdul is committed to improving the opportunities open to local people, including young people and sees the importance of Zest to the local community. 

    Dave Thornett

    Dave is Head of Business Development for Key Fund Investments, a social investor operating across the North of England. With over 20 years’ experience of social enterprise and community development he has learned a lot about what does and doesn’t work in community engagement and regeneration. Dave previously spent 5 years as a consultant after 13 years working for social enterprise business support specialists SCEDU in Yorkshire, his last 5 years there as Chief Executive.   Dave has also always maintained an active engagement in community organisations having served on the board of a number of local charities and social enterprises covering childcare, recycling and finance. Dave is also a member of The University of Sheffield Enterprise Advisory Board.

    Toby Netting

    Toby has been a director and on the board of Zest since November 2013.  Toby works locally as a solicitor/director in a law firm with a number of offices across the region. Having come to Sheffield in 1991 initially to study, he has, like so many students, remained in the city to live and work. Toby is involved in Zest to support one of the local communities that requires health, sport, youth, library and employment opportunities and would struggle to access those services if Zest did not exist. Not being from the third sector, Toby brings wider sets of skills and experience that add value to the board and the organisation as a whole.

    Liton Ullah

    Liton joined the Board of Trustees at Zest in October 2015. He was a local resident for over 10 years and has extensive professional experience across key sectors including health and social care, employability, advice and guidance. He was responsible for the business growth and operational performance of a UK based national health and social care provider; leading bid and operational teams to win and operate Direct Payments contracts across 12 Local Authorities and also led bid teams to secure a flagship Carers Advice and Guidance contract.   He led the expansion of employability programmes across India, South Africa, Brazil and mainland Europe - most recently he lived and operated in India leading a team of 65 people across six states to design and deliver a pioneering rural skills delivery contract awarded by the Government of India to train 8,370 young people from rural communities. 

    Helen Sims

    Helen works for NAVCA as head of Membership; her previous experience includes work for a registered Social Landlord as Enterprise and Marketing Manager as well as working for Business in the Community.  Helen lives nearby and has been a trustee since 2012.    

    Laura McClean

    Laura has been a trustee since December 2015.  Laura grew up in Sheffield and has lived in the local area since 2011.  She became involved as she felt that Zest was an amazing resource for our community and she wanted to support Zest’s work. Laura currently works for a trade union giving legal advice. Prior to this she worked in advice centres in Sheffield in Sheffield Hallam Students' Union and Sheffield Citizens' Advice.

    Tom Hunt

    Tom lives in Upperthorpe and has been a trustee of Zest as a local resident since July 2014.  Tom works as a policy research officer at the University of Sheffield having previously worked in politics for a Member of Parliament. As a local resident Tom sees the hugely positive impact that Zest has in the local community and got involved to do what he can to help that to continue. Tom uses his professional experience and background of working with key stakeholders in the city to help identify new opportunities for Zest and to help resolve issues affecting the organisation.

    Kathryn Mudge

    Kathryn has been a member of the Zest Trustees Board for 1 and a half years. Previously Kathryn was a member of the Zest Senior Management Team, with responsibility for Zest’s Children and Young People programme for 4 years. Kathryn currently works for South Yorkshire Sport (since 2013) having worked within Sport Development for 10 years in a range of different roles. Kathryn is passionate about developing sporting opportunities for children and young people, particularly for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Kathryn is keen to use her experience to help shape the Zest Youth and Communities programme, ensuring young people have access to high quality opportunities. Kathryn also has a keen interest in supporting young families within local neighbourhoods, improving quality of life and advocating healthy active lifestyles.

The Trustees and the Zest managers meet regularly to provide robust governance and direction for the charity.   They agree on strategic objectives, review performance and manage risks. 

From time to time we have vacancies for new trustees.  If you would be interested in becoming a Trustee or would like to know more about what is involved please get in touch with Matt Dean on 0114 2702041 or e mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Policies & Procedures

 

In this section of our website you will find a selection of our main policies and procedures.  Click on the link to open the document.

Comments, Compliments & Complaints procedure

Data Protection policy

Confidentiality policy

Equality & Diversity policy

Child Protction policy

Volunteer policy

Website Privacy Policy

 

 

 

  .Coming Soon




  • *New* Mens Group starting today at Zest - 1-3 pm in the Centre MASH - Mens Activities Supporting Health. Contact Mohamed 0114 2702042
    About 19 hours ago
  • Free Health Checks at Zest on Thursday 25th May 1-2 pm. No need to book. Blood pressure checks , BMI and healthy lifestyle support
    Tue May 23rd