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Do the right thing – the Social Value Act and procuring for communities

  • Type HQN Event (Webinar)
  • Venue Webinar
  • Start 16 Apr 2020 10:00
  • End 16 Apr 2020 13:00


Do the right thing

Live webinar

Please note: In the interests of our members and the wider housing community, this event is being run as a live webinar.

Housing providers have always been proud of their social purpose – but are you really able to show the value this work brings to your residents and communities?

Despite being deep-rooted in the ethos of most social housing providers, social value is a much-used but often wrongly-applied term. This has led to activities, such as community investment, debt advice and family support, not always being measured or accounted for consistently.

Since the enactment of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 organisations, including local authorities and housing associations, have had a legal obligation to consider the social value of their contracts, suppliers and service providers when procuring services.

But research shows there appears to be a significant gap in the sector's knowledge of the Act and how it should be implemented. This has led to an ineffective and inconsistent approach to social value that ultimately has implications for social housing residents and wider communities.

These one-day events, led by social impact expert Barry Malki, will offer a high-level overview of the Social Value Act covering:

  • Introduction to the Act
  • What it means in practice
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • Examples of best practice (and bad practice)
  • Making social value effective for communities (a sample process)
  • Understanding measurement (an overview of different methods and their relevance).

Delegates will leave with a greater understanding of the Act, and how they can start the process to embed effective practices within their organisation as well as demonstrate the difference they are making.

The day will include group work looking at key elements of a social value strategy, such as a stakeholder analysis, and an interactive game where teams have to maximise their impact in a theoretic community.

About Barry Malki – Barry is one of the UK’s leading experts in Community Investment and Social Impact and has undertaken a wide range of strategic consultancy for public, private and charitable organisations for many years. As well as having worked directly on a number of high-profile regeneration and investment programmes, Barry is engaged as an adviser and associate for a number of organisations, including a non-executive position of Mears Group’s Social and Diversity Impact Board. He is currently on the panel for a White Paper review of the Social Value Act due to his expertise in this area. He is a highly effective communicator, and regularly speaks at conferences and seminars about aspects of his work.

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Full price: £175.00 *
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A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited. There is no refund for non-attendance, but delegates may be substituted at any time.



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