NOMAD began in 1989, driven by the determination and dedication of Jackie, a Sheffield single mum, and Barrie, a single man experiencing homelessness. Both wanted to do something about the issues of homelessness, prevalent in the city at that time. Requests for help were frequently met with a ‘NO’, which drove them both ‘MAD’, hence the name NOMAD. NOMAD started in Jackie’s maisonette in Pitsmoor, run completely by volunteers.

Our Vision

Nomad believes that everyone has the right to live independently in safe, secure accommodation, and to reach their full potential.

Our Mission

We aim to provide high quality and holistic housing and support services in Sheffield and across South Yorkshire that are open to all members of the community.

Nomad strives to support, empower, and motivate people to access opportunities, achieve their goals, and live as they choose.

We are committed to:

  • Building and managing strong, trust-based relationships with clients and partner agencies.
  • Providing innovative housing and support services that address individual needs and help people to transform their lives.
  • Helping clients achieve independence so they can successfully manage their own tenancies and avoid becoming homeless.
  • Focusing on our clients’ strengths to help them trust in their capabilities and have faith in their potential.
  • Gathering feedback from clients which we use to develop and improve our services.
  • Measuring the impact of our work so we can demonstrate tangible results and value for money.
  • Adapting and developing our services to address economic and social changes that affect our clients.
  • Influencing change on a local and national level to improve access to decent, sustainable, and affordable accommodation for those who are in housing need.

Nomad strives to support, empower, and motivate people to access opportunities, achieve their goals, and live as they choose.


Nomad’s flagship programme is Smartsteps. Smartsteps supports people into training flats or private rented accommodation. Each tenant is then supported by a Housing Officer who helps people to develop the skills needed to sustain a tenancy. This support is offered by a specialist in each type of accommodation to ensure tenants are receiving the best possible support and advice. Tenants also work with a coach, who supports people to progress towards employment, training, education, and volunteering. The coach supports people throughout their entire journey with Nomad, as they work towards the goals and aspirations of each individual tenant on a one to one basis.

Our Impact

Every year, we help hundreds of young people in Sheffield enter secure accommodation and realise their goals. To find out more about the impact we’ve had, please check out our reports:

Case Studies

Learn about the amazing journeys of young people we’ve helped.

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