Supporting Leicestershire Families

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Despite significant investment in services many families still experience the same problems from one generation to another. The Supporting Leicestershire Families Programme aimed to support families so that the whole family have better lives and outcomes independent from the state. Leicestershire Together therefore committed to improving the lives of Leicestershire Families, particularly the most vulnerable, with an ambition to improve outcomes for these families whilst reducing public sector costs.

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STaR Shared Procurement Service

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STaR Shared Procurement Service is a partnership of Stockport, Trafford and Rochdale Metropolitan Councils which aims to increase value for money and social benefits throughout the commissioning process. The service was established in 2013 and issues over 400 procurement tenders each year.

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Sport and Physical Activity

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While the funding available to deliver sport and physical activity was facing significant reduction, there were new and emerging opportunities to deliver a commissioned model of delivery locally through the Strategic Commissioning arrangements being developed in Leicestershire.

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Solstice Nurseries maintenance services

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Grampian Housing Association awarded a 3 year open spaces maintenance contract worth £100,000 to Solstice Nurseries in 2006. Solstice Nurseries is a social enterprise providing training and employment in horticulture to people with mental health difficulties. The decision to award the contract to Solstice Nurseries was made in recognition of social value generation and value for money in providing the service.

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Social Return on Investment – London Borough Waste Management Company

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This report gives an example of good practice in regards to how an organisation can review the social value it generates through providing a service.

Sustainable Business Partnership was employed by a Waste Management Company (WMC) to review the social impact of its work in London Borough. This review of social value used Social Impact Mapping and a Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis.

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Selwood Housing

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The following information has been taken from Selwood Housing ‘Social Value in Commissioning’: “As a housing provider we are ultimately responsible for providing safe and secure homes for people who need them. But we are also a charitable social enterprise and one of our key aims is to get people to take responsibility for their own lives and help them to help themselves so when we commission new services or contracts we look for solutions to suit the community, not just us as the commissioner Continue reading

Raploch URC

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Raploch is one of the most deprived places in the Forth Valley. Industrial decline saw unemployment rocket to 75%. Raploch URC was set up in 2004 to lead the town’s regeneration. Because of the dearth of employment opportunities Raploch URC recognised that the town’s physical regeneration was inseparable from the need to create local employment and skills opportunities. It therefore pioneered the use of social value clauses to ensure that any contractor or developer would provide a set number of training and employment opportunities over the life of the project. Raploch URC commissioned the R3 consortium to build 900 homes in the area over a 10 year period at the same time delivering a range of social benefits.

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Provision of school milk

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Fresh Pastures is a Community Interest Company (CIC) set up by 2 people who wanted to take a more innovative approach to providing milk to schools. As well as providing local milk they also wanted to provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities and the long-term unemployed. 25% of its workforce comprises people with a disability and the remainder are recruited from the long-term unemployed. Any profit is ring-fenced for social benefit and ploughed back into the company.

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