The impact of Greater Manchester’s housing providers on improving local communities has been revealed.
Attended by housing professionals across the region today (10th September), a regional conference set out to explore the theme of ‘social value’ and the community benefits that it can provide.
To coincide with the Greater Manchester Social Value Network event, the organisations that make up the GM Housing Providers network released figures that reveal the collective impact of their work.
During the 2018/19 financial year, over 6,561 residents were supported into work, helping 2,342 into jobs.
Figures also revealed that providers let 1,988 homes to people who were previously homeless and completed 1,237 new-build properties.
Over £4.3m was spent with local not-for-profit organisations and 110 community and voluntary organisations were engaged in formal alliances or contracts.
A total of £2.19m in grants were awarded to the community and voluntary sector, with housing staff also reported to have volunteered 9,911 hours of time to support local communities.
Under their ‘Ambition to Deliver’ manifesto, GM Housing Providers are currently working together 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
Lee Sugden, CEO 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.”
The Greater Manchester Social Value Network event was attended by 120 representatives of housing providers, businesses, and other organisations from across the region.
Keynote speakers included the Co-operative’s CEO Steve Murrells and former Labour MP and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hazel Blears.