A group of housing providers and social enterprises in Greater Manchester have held their first conference to explore how they are delivering social value for the city region’s communities.
The Social Values Conference was put on by Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP) and brought together over 150 representatives of the housing industry and more. Delegates came from housing associations – including many GMHP members – social enterprises, and the business community.
The purpose of the gathering, one shared by the attending delegates, GMHP said, was to “celebrate their achievements” in social value so far, share what they have learned, and plan for future collaborative efforts.
Collectively, in the last year, GMHP members have supported 6,500 residents towards work; awarded £2.2 million of grants for community-run projects; housed close to 2,000 people who were previously homeless and built more than 1,200 new homes.
The event was chaired by Lee Sugden, the chief executive of Salford’s Salix Homes.
“It’s fantastic to see so many members of the Greater Manchester housing community take an interest in how they can impact social value in the region,” he said. “Not only was the conference a great opportunity to showcase what we can achieve, but it has given countless local social enterprises a platform to speak from and opportunity to engage with other businesses and service providers.”
The conference also included a few interactive workshops for attendees to take part in. These included ‘Being a good employer’, ‘Increasing our impact through procurement’, and ‘Increasing our spend with social enterprise and championing the sector’.
Salford’s City Mayor, Paul Dennett was the keynote speaker at the conference.
“Thank you to everyone who joined us at the first ever GMHP Social Values conference. This event was a great chance for us to take a step back to review and celebrate the success the group has achieved so far,” he said.
“The GMHP Social Values group which was set up in 2017, has already made big strides in increasing social value in the region, however, the event has offered us an important opportunity to share learnings and discuss the power of working collaboratively so that we can work better in the future, in order to make a real difference to Greater Manchester.”
The GMHP Social Values group has also launched its first ever directory of social value enterprises in the region, which is available to download at the GMHP website.
Main Image: GMHP members with Salix Homes chief, Lee Sugden, and Salford city mayor, Paul Dennett.