WCHG ‘Highly Commended’ in Social Value Leadership

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) was delighted to be ‘highly commended’ in Social Value Leadership at the Social Enterprise UK National Awards.

Social value is embedded throughout WCHG, delivering social value in creative and innovative ways in Wythenshawe.

Outcomes in the last year alone;

  • 550 local people volunteered 18,200 hours of their time to benefit the community
  • 295 regularly attended social groups and voluntary organisations
  • 154 supported into full time employment
  • 2,155 regularly participated in physical activity
  • 581 benefited from training
  • 600 young people regularly attended youth and after school sessions
  • 655 completed money health checks
  • 270 individuals reported an improvement in wellbeing following intervention to address anti-social behaviour

WCHG Group Chief Executive Nigel Wilson said, “Social Value is at the heart of everything we do here and to be ‘Highly Commended’ and recognised at these national awards is fantastic not only for the area and the region but the hard work and commitment of our staff. Social Value is hugely important to the Group and is embedded throughout our vision, Strategic Plan and Key Performance indicator reporting and we continue to build on the work that we’ve already done in 2017.”

WCHG’s independently-audited Social Impact report demonstrates investments that have generated a six-fold social return for the community of Wythenshawe and work is now underway to produce the 2017 report, which will feature initiatives such as the ‘Real Neighbours Timebank’ and ‘Wythenshawe Games’ for the first time.

In addition to this, WCHG also chairs a group of youth service providers across Wythenshawe, works with charities and social businesses to help develop their social impact reporting capability and campaigns with residents on a regional and national stage, such as the Manchester Homelessness Charter & the Homes for Britain campaign.

WCHG’s Social Impact Officer Colette Humphrey sits on the steering group of the Greater Manchester Social Value Network which has helped to raise the profile of the network and region – you can find out more at https://gmsvn.org.uk/