Place Category: Communities
As a Home Improvement Agency Somerset Care and Repair is a not for profit, locally based organisation that assists elderly, disabled or vulnerable clients by providing a range of services and adaptations designed specifically to help them remain independent in their own homes. By improving people’s living conditions, HIAs enhance their quality of life and enable them to remain in their home in greater comfort and security.
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 April 2017
1) Providing services to support people to live independent and fulfilling lives
We have provided a raft of services, which includes disabled adaptations for the elderly and disabled, bringing empty properties back into use for those in greatest housing need, recycling of furniture and made available to those on low incomes, training of the long term unemployed and ex-offenders on building sites and within the furniture recycling unit.
To date we have brought back into use 57 empty properties and where appropriate used long term unemployed people under instruction of our employed site supervisors to undertake the work. This provides work experience training and work readiness and has resulted in 30 volunteers either finding work or undertaking FE courses.
On completion the properties are made available to those in greatest need on the Local Authority housing waiting list. Often these tenants have been excluded from all other mainstream housing. SC&R works closely with the local colleges giving onsite experience to their students.
Furnicare is a furniture recycling unit, taking donations and making items available at low cost to those on low incomes. It also provides additional training to the long term unemployed in warehousing, customer service, pick up and deliverers, furniture repair and office administration.
We still undertake disabled adaptations for the elderly and disabled, including our own stair lift company fitting both new and refurbished lifts.
The Woodbin is a building materials recycling unit reselling unwanted materials and helping to train unemployed people to make wood products.
2) Measures of support provided
We have 57 properties housing single,couples and families and supported by our staff to maintain their tenancy.
In addition we have undertaken countless adaptations, which not only helps the client but impacts greatly on the clients family.
We have literally hundreds of clients buying furniture through Furnicare, we have hundreds of donations of furniture which would otherwise go into landfill in many cases.
We have assisted over 100 volunteers providing work experience and training.
All services are mindful to recycle wherever possible and reduce the amount of waste and landfill.
3) Benefits created for society and individuals
An alcoholic ex-offender was refused a place on a college course because their notoriety preceded them. They volunteered and trained on one of the empty homes sites and after nine months and on our recommendation is now undertaking an NVQ plumbing course.
A long term unemployed volunteer had a natural aptitude for plastering. The volunteer co-ordinator invited a local builder to view his work, asked him to take the volunteer on a two week trail with a view to employing him, which he did. Not only that the builder came back and employed a second trainee based upon the success and recommendation from SC&R.
From one ongoing site:
- Harry current / new
- Simon left (it isn’t the right time for him to be on site)
- Kieran went into work
- Ryan went into work
- Brandon went onto further training
- Brian completed training and gaining qualifications
- Nathan completed training and gained qualifications and has done trial days for work
- Shane completed training and gained qualification and then gone into work
- Kier went into work
Added to this are six college students gaining valuable on site experience.
Local communities have also gained by having 57 properties brought back into use. this has reduced antisocial behaviour, improved the visual area and increased house prices.