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Greater Manchester’s housing providers demonstrate our social value

11 September 2019

Greater Manchester’s housing providers demonstrate our social value

The impact of Greater Manchester’s housing providers on improving local communities has been revealed at a regional conference exploring ‘social value’.

Partners from the Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP) network which Irwell Valley Homes is proud to be part of, hosted the first Greater Manchester Social Value Network event this week. The event was attended by 120 representatives from housing providers, businesses and other organisations from across the region. The Co-operative’s chief executive Steve Murrells and former Labour MP and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hazel Blears spoke at the event.

To coincide with the event, we released figures which show the collective social value our work has created.

Social value is commonly defined by the positive changes people experience in their lives due to the actions of an organisation or business. It often refers to how the community benefits from an organisation’s procurement policies, for example by working with suppliers that provide apprenticeship opportunities for local people and that pay their staff the real Living Wage.

The GMHP social value figures for the 2018/19 financial year show that collectively, we have:

  • Supported 6,561 residents towards work, and helped 2,342 people into jobs.
  • Let 1,988 homes to people who were previously homeless and built 1,237 new homes.
  • Spent over £4.3m with local not-for-profit organisations and engaged 110 community and voluntary organisations in formal partnerships or contracts.
  • Awarded £2.19m in grants to the community and voluntary sector.
  • Volunteered 9,911 hours of staff time to support local communities, and 2,347 residents volunteered their time.

Lee Sugden, chief executive of Salix Homes and chair of the GM Housing Provider’s social value group, said: “It’s so important for us to record our social value impact because it measures the benefits of what we do from the perspective of our tenants and communities.

“As a sector, we are so much more than bricks and mortar. Our collective social value efforts can take someone out of homelessness, guide a person into employment, or help someone overcome personal issues and increase their confidence. By sharing the same social value goals, housing organisations and businesses are making a real difference in Greater Manchester.

“It’s vital we shine a light on this activity. It helps society at large to understand that we’re not here just to provide housing, there’s so many other benefits to what we do.”

Under our ‘Ambition to Deliver’ manifesto, we're working with our partners at other GM Housing Providers to:

  • Double the delivery of new homes in Greater Manchester
  • Reduce the pressures on health and social care through modern homes for an ageing population
  • Invest in more than 1,000 Greater Manchester apprentices
  • Support the Greater Manchester economy through procurement processes
  • Tackle homelessness through better temporary accommodation.