Social Value means enriched lives and a fairer society for all
Our vision is for the public, private and social sectors in Surrey to work together so we can share our resources and collectively use these to improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of our residents and local communities.
Here are some recent examples of Social Value being delivered, and the benefits achieved, both through contract delivery and the Social Value Marketplace.
Suez Surrey Social Value initiative: Creating second chances through reuse and rehabilitation
In mid-2018, SUEZ Surrey began speaking to New Futures Network about opportunities to work with HMP Ford on upcycling materials, using their on-site workshops to repair items discarded at Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) so that prisoners can learn valuable skills and more materials can be put back into use through the Revive shops, and creating multiple paths to employment following release.
As a major employer with 6,000 employees across the UK, SUEZ is uniquely situated to address this issue and recognised an opportunity for synergy between reuse and rehabilitation with great success.
The resulting initiative had two aims:
- To break the cycle of reoffending by providing transferable job skills training and opportunities for full time employment following release from prison.
- To reduce waste through the restoration and reuse of scrap bicycles.
Within 18 months this programme has:
- Diverted 6.3 tonnes of waste for reuse
- Interviewed 89 offenders
- Trained 30 offenders
- Offered work placements to 19 offenders
- Provided full-time employment to 7 offenders
Working together, sharing resources to maximise our impact
The Social Value Market Place is a platform where voluntary, community and faith sector organisations can upload any needs/requests for support they may have. Businesses that want to help can respond to "requests" or they can let communities know how they can help by adding an "offer" of help.
In the Summer of 2020 Active Prospects, a Reigate-based disability and mental health support charity, posted a request on the social value marketplace for some chairs for their office. Surrey County Council want to lead by example and support any needs that they are able to through the social value market place. The Council's Strategic Lead for Partnerships facilitated the request through the Land & Property team to make this happen. Whilst there were no new chairs available, we were able to refurbish and provide ergonomically appropriate chairs for Active Prospects which were hugely needed and appreciated!
If you are a supplier or an organisation in the voluntary and community sector you can join the Social Value Marketplace register online.
Social Value at the Surrey Careers Fair
Regardless of the value of a contract you can build social value into it to achieve maximum impact.
For example, when the contract for the provision of a venue for the Surrey Careers Fair 2018 was awarded to Epsom Downs Racecourse, social value was secured from the supplier in the form of access to additional rooms at the venue at no extra cost to Surrey County Council.
This in turn generated the following benefits:
- Increase in visitor capacity
- Delivery of targeted support on site, particularly by increasing access to vulnerable young people with additional needs
- Increase in the number of young people able to access the Careers Fair to plan for the progression to post-16 destinations
Thank you to Epsom Downs Racecourse for helping making this event a success.
S-Skills for Highway: Social Value achieved through innovative partnership and social enterprise
A social enterprise signed between Surrey County Council, Brooklands Motor Museum and Kier Highways known as S-Skills for Highways was able to bring into the workplace vulnerable young people not in education, employment or training and those with special needs furthest from employment to carry out basic highway works in the community. Brooklands Motor Museum provided induction and training facilities, and enabled repair work to be carried out at its car park and footways.
Between 2016 and 2020 S-Skills for Highways impacted a total of 7 groups and 89 candidates, delivering the following Social Value:
- Over 9,600 hours of paid work trial
- 12 full time apprenticeships offered at Kier
- 10 full time jobs offered with other employers
- 10 young people returned to education.