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Social value

Social value is defined through the Public Services (Social Value) Act (2013) which requires organisations and their suppliers to look beyond the financial cost of a contract to consider how the services they commission and procure can improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of an area.

The Alliance is bringing this type of added value to voluntary and community organisations, from the generosity of organisations offering a range of services, (pre-employment support, printing, fund writing, building materials and lots more) for public benefit.

We are working in partnership with Sunderland City Council to identify and develop opportunities to creatively use Social value opportunities to invest in community groups, local charities and social enterprises which will benefit local residents and Sunderland neighbourhoods. 

Offers can include materials, professional services, cash donations, and volunteering hours. 

We have 3 current offers which are open until 28th February 2024: 
 

  • A local Air Conditioning Contractor has offered £200 donation to support the elderly or vulnerable. 

  • A large organisation providing Health and Wellbeing services with a base in Sunderland, has offered to help to develop or review a Strategy document for a local voluntary community organisation. 

  • A local company providing Street Furniture has offered Graphic Design work, this could be for posters, literature, or a flyer. 

(please email sharon.quinn@sunderlandvsa.co.uk if you are interested in applying for one of these opportunities) 

We have had successful Social Value offerings disseminated to local voluntary community sector organisations which have included a national company providing debt recovery services offering a cash donation of £500 to one VCSE organisation working proactively with residents to help them avoid debts, the use of loan sharks or to manage existing debts in an affordable way. 

How you can support and contribute

If you would like to be added to our social value database, please contact us with your requirements.

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