Place Category: Health & Social Care
Willowbank Ltd is a not for profit voluntary organisation, based in Dungannon providing day opportunities, training and support for adults with a physical disability and/or a sensory impairment.
“To work in partnership with persons with disabilities and users of Willowbank services to provide a supportive and empowering environment. Within a community development ethos we will support people in overcoming and removing barriers to inclusion. We will enable people through provision of appropriate training, learning and support to maximise their potential as citizens.”
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
Updated March 2017
1) Empowering people with disabilities
Willowbank Ltd is a rights based service user controlled social enterprise, based in the Mid Ulster Council Area in Northern Ireland. Willowbank is justifiably proud of its commitment to participative management and democratic decision making at all levels of the organisation.
The strategic influencing role of people with disabilities is core to the work Willowbank carries out. Empowerment, leading to greater engagement within and beyond the local community is a cornerstone of the work we do.
2) Holistic community development
As a result of our work people with disabilities are more engaged within and beyond the local community. Our holistic approach to the work of community development enables people with disabilities to enter in to training and learning opportunities at a level which is tailored to meet their particular skill set.
3) Creating a social return on investment
Willowbank has just come to the end of a Lottery funding project Reaching Communities for which an SROI was carried out.
The SROI found that for every £1 spent on the Reaching Communities programme £8.45 of social value has been generated over a five year period.