Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP) have revealed the significant and positive impact its members have on communities and businesses across the city region in its annual social value report, published this week.
The report shows that the 24 housing providers in the partnership helped over 6500 residents towards work, supported almost 600 apprentices, spent £389m with local businesses, and facilitated 35,000 hours of community volunteering during 2020/21.
It also reveals that the partnership helped residents in Greater Manchester gain over £22m in benefits and grants they were entitled to, supported 786 voluntary and community groups, and trained over 1700 staff in carbon literacy, illustrating the breadth and diversity of the housing providers’ activity and impact.
Gareth Swarbrick, chief executive at RBH and chair of GMHP’s Social Value Group, said: “Social housing providers are about much more than providing homes – delivering sustainable social, economic and environmental benefits in our communities is at the heart of what we do.
“GMHP members are committed to maximising social value and supporting social outcomes through our work across Greater Manchester, and the benefits are not just felt by those living in social housing but also the wider community, businesses, and the regional economy.
“Our activity goes well beyond traditional routes, such as delivering social value through our supply chains.
“We look to deliver a range of positive outcomes through our day-to-day activity and the partnerships we foster, from supporting the voluntary and community sector and local non-profit organisations, to raising living standards of residents and promoting participation and citizen engagement.
“Our annual social value report highlights the collective contribution of GMHP members to support residents, communities and local businesses, and is something we can all be really proud of, particularly given the significant challenges faced during the pandemic.
“Our teams adapted quickly and found new ways of working with our communities to ensure that we were able continue delivering services and support to create significant social impact across our neighbourhoods.”
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