22.12.2020

Countdown to Christmas: Day 11 – Social Value

NWCH always aim to exceed social value expectations; a practice we intend to continue on all future projects. We encourage our Contractor Partners to focus on local supply chain spend, creating jobs and engaging positively within the local community. Collaboration has been the key to achieving some incredible outcomes; it gives us a joined-up approach to social investment, delivering more resources and therefore resulting in a bigger impact to towns, cities and regions alike.

Some of our Social Value achievements to date are as follows:

Community Engagement
The Longford Centre, which accommodates people who have recently become homeless, asked if NWCH could provide any donations for its occupants and their beloved pets. NWCH and our contractor partners
went the extra mile and 43 volunteers helped refurbish the centre, painting 38 rooms in preparation for the residents arriving in January. This simple task will support the community in providing a new start for people experiencing extremely difficult times, making a huge difference to their lives, especially at Christmas and into the new year.

“We would like to thank all the volunteers from NWCH, who so kindly gave up their time to help and support us. It was great to have such a buzz about the place -you truly were a lovely bunch. Without all your help the centre would not look as great as it does today.”
Jacqueline Wilson, Assistant Centre Manager

Education
To address the evident skills gap, NWCH have worked collaboratively with our framework partners to facilitate ‘Have a Go’ events for several high schools in Greater Manchester, helping to promote the wide range of
career options within the construction industry. Each event was managed by local career organisations and our Contractor Partners, who brought along specialist supply chain members from a variety of trades, allowing students to ‘have a go’.

“An excellent event that was both interesting and interactive, giving the students an insight into the diverse range of career opportunities in
Construction and STEM industries.” 
Julie Baker, Careers Coordinator at The Albion Academy

Training
NWCH want our Supply Chain to fully understand the importance of social value and the impact it has on local communities, so we held an event at Manchester Town Hall in October 2018. Over 150 people attended to listen to presentations from speakers such as the Supply Chain Sustainability School and the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). Talks educated the
audience about STEM Ambassadors, and catering was provided by a local Social Enterprise which employs ex-offenders.

Employment
NWCH and some of our Contractor Partners volunteered to carry out mock interviews at Styal Prison with Working Chance, who support women with criminal convictions into quality paid employment. Individual interviews were conducted by all volunteers and feedback was provided, so the women were aware of areas for improvement when they are released. Prison staff were also able to determine which inmates were work ready and which might need extra support.

“Social Value is about the combined effort of all parties involved in a project; it is evident at events like this that NWCH encourage this collaborative ethos. It is great to see everyone take away some great ideas for providing Social Value on their current and future schemes.”
Neil Conlon, Vice Chair of the Supply Chain SIG

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