Viewpoint is a social enterprise. We offer a high quality research service delivered in an innovative way – by employing people removed from the job market such as the long term unemployed or those with a disability.

We started trading in 2006 in Sheffield, in 2009 we opened our second office in Leeds, where we employ a team of blind and partially sighted research assistants. In 2012 we opened our third office in Doncaster to create employment opportunities in and around Doncaster.

Watch this video to learn more about our social mission.

Viewpoint in Sheffield

Our work in Sheffield started in 2006, collecting satisfaction data for Sheffield Homes on their Decent Homes improvement programme.

Sheffield remains our headquarters creating jobs for over 25 researchers.

Trisha Blake was off work for two years due to anxiety and depression before starting work for Viewpoint in Sheffield in 2009. She has since been promoted to Research Manager in Sheffield.

“At Viewpoint you don’t have to hide who you are or how you are feeling. That attitude is so valuable to me. I really feel I’ve found my niche working for Viewpoint. I enjoy every minute of it.”

 

Viewpoint in Leeds

Our Leeds office was developed in partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

In Leeds we employ a team of blind and partially sighted research assistants. We also offer temporary trainee placements to give blind and partially sighted people the opportunity to gain some experience of work in an office environment.

Sean Owen, RNIB UK Employment Manager said: “Social enterprise provides another method of supporting blind and partially sighted people into employment. The partnership with Viewpoint has flourished, with mutual benefit to both organisations.”

 

Muz Hussain is a Senior Researcher based in Leeds. He is partially sighted and joined Viewpoint in 2009 following a year as a trainee on RNIB’s trainee grade scheme which assists blind and partially sighted people into paid employment.

He said: “After losing my job I lost all my confidence and I felt very depressed. This also had a big impact on my family, seeing me upset and not knowing what the future was going to hold. Now, I really enjoy working for Viewpoint. I have progressed to being a senior researcher and it has given a big boost to my confidence.”

 

Viewpoint in Doncaster

We opened our Doncaster office in May 2012 – a partnership development with St Leger Homes of Doncaster.

The Doncaster office has a particular focus on creating new job opportunities in Doncaster for the long term unemployed. It was officially opened in June 2012 by MPs Rosie Winterton and Caroline Flint.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton said: “It’s important to empower organisations like Viewpoint because they help equip people with the skills and confidence they need to break out of long-term unemployment.”

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said: “It is vital that employers play their part in giving people second chances to retrain, gaining experience or confidence in work.  St Leger Homes’ work with Viewpoint is an example to other employers about what can be achieved.”

Susan Jordan, chief executive of St Leger Homes, said: “We are working with Viewpoint to help create job opportunities in the town for local tenants and residents, helping those who have been out of work for a long time to get back into the world of work. They are doing an excellent job carrying out independent tenant surveys for us.”