What is social value?

Social value is the additional value that we create in our communities, over and above our usual day-to-day work. It includes anything that contributes towards the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of our communities.

We can create this additional value by volunteering our time in or outside of the workplace, by:

  • sharing our building space and equipment
  • sharing our knowledge and skills
  • helping to make valuable connections between people and organisations.

We can each achieve a lot using only our own resources, but we can achieve so much more by sharing resources and working together in partnership. This additional value, this additional impact in the community through working together, is what we call social value.

At Surrey County Council, we aim to focus this additional effort on the four priority objectives, (see our social value priority areas 2021 to 2026) and we ask all our partners to join us in considering their own contributions to this work. Find out how you can get involved.

For more information, please read our approach to social value at Surrey County Council in our social value policy and find out what this looks like in practice by browsing our social value case studies.

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