Social investment and supporting our communities is at the heart of what we do at One Manchester. We are a housing provider, but we want our offer to extend past just being their landlord, we want to transform the communities we work in.
In May 2017, we launched our Social Investment Strategy, committing the organisation to using all the skills and resources at its disposal to ensure all areas we operate in can become ‘Resilient Thriving Communities’. Achieving this goal meant working towards these four priorities:
It’s now been over a year since that strategy was put into place, and to assess how effectively One Manchester has met its four social priorities, we have released the first edition of our Social Accounts.
Focusing on the period April 2017 – March 2018, we’ve published a comprehensive report on our social accounts, which have been independently audited by Liz Alan, of The Connectives in accordance with the Social Audit Network Standards. We’ve also created a summary document, giving a snapshot of our achievements over the past year.
Here are some of the key statistics from our Social Accounts:
o 81 people supported into regular volunteering positions
o 56 community events attracted over 3200 people
o Almost £200k was invested in local voluntary and community sector organisations
o 213 people supported into employment
o Over £1 million saved by users of the ‘One Money’ service
o £40k invested in 10 new businesses via the Catalyst Fund
o Two new community gardens created to provide open space for local people
o 1931 cases of fly-tipping and littering resolved
o 345 items of furniture were diverted from landfill and gifted to over 20 organisations
o 838 people participated in cultural, sport or leisure activities supported by One Manchester
o 579 people supported by four community shops
o 164 major adaptations were completed to support tenants with access and mobility issues
To read our full Social Accounts, find our reports here: www.onemanchester.co.uk/social-accounts