A housing association generated a record £16 million in social value through its supply chain in 2022/23.

Over the period, Clarion Housing Group, the country’s largest social landlord, says it created 195 apprenticeships, saw 1,300 people complete training to help them gain new skills and find employment, created 102 work experience opportunities and delivered 203 job starts.

As well as employment-related activity, the housing provider’s partners and contractors have invested £216,000 to improve facilities in Clarion communities, with £483,000 donated to support community projects – a 137% increase on the previous year.

More than £55,000 has also been donated towards digital devices as part of a loan scheme that offers residents a lifeline by connecting them to jobs and training opportunities, as well as to family and friends. Clarion says this will be expanded in 2023/24 to provide business mentoring to community organisations.

One example of the positive impact of this activity is the support provided to Clarion resident, Stacy Bradley, who set up an innovative social enterprise called ‘Safe at Home’ to help fellow domestic abuse survivors by offering the free installation of security cameras and lighting to reduce the likelihood of post-separation abuse and harassment.

Clarion Futures provided initial support to help develop the idea, before involving contractors Equans who contributed to the project through the landlord’s social value programme, donating equipment and installing devices free of charge. Clarion has now committed additional funding, with contractors Equans, United Living and Wates all contributing alongside a package of non-financial support.

Phil Miles, Director of Clarion Futures, said: “We’re delighted to have worked with our partners and contractors to deliver £16 million in social value over the last year, and would like to say a special thank you to our three planned investment contractors, Equans, Wates and United Living, who have gone above and beyond to support our work.

“We take great pride in the tangible outcomes we have achieved together, including job creation, skills development, and the revitalisation of local community centres. By harnessing the collective power of our supply chain, we are making a significant and positive difference in the lives of our residents and communities.”

James Cousins, Regeneration Director at Equans, said: “Social value is more important than ever. There’s a pressing need for greater investment in communities and the construction industry must be prepared to step up and play a key role towards this. None of this would have been possible without the collaboration between all delivery partners and our valued key supply-chain.

“Initiatives such as the Safe at Home project are a great example of how, when we work together, and harness grassroots passion, experience, and skills, we can deliver tangible, lasting benefits across our communities.”