Community Campus is a community based social enterprise formed in 1987 to address the emerging crises of youth homelessness. Our work and development have now taken us further, we now have developed a range of holistic person centered innovative projects and services for young homeless and for other economically and socially disadvantaged people.
We provide more than a roof; we provide affordable housing, support and resettlement services, personal development, learning and training opportunities, construction training and building services, regeneration and development services.
Community Campus is a value driven organisation committed to meeting its social,economic and environmental objectives. We respect and value people, challenge social injustice. We are person centered, accessible and empower people and always aim to have a positive impact. We believe that people and communities fundamentally have within them the solution to their own problems.
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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 are asked to respond to a set of social impact questions, which are designed to help them think about the social impact they create, and to articulate this clearly and succinctly.
Updated February 2018
1) What social differences and changes have you aimed to create (or supported)?
- House homeless people
- Creating sustainable and affordable move on tenancies
- Creating opportunities for young people in our areas of operation
- To create a fair and just housing system
2) What actions have you taken to address the above social aims?
- We provide 100 tenancies and a resettlement service for those moving on
- We have created 6 apprenticeships for young people in our workforce
- We offer training work placement/volunteering opportunities for the local community
- We link to national advocacy networks to promote the need for good quality affordable housing for our client group
3) What has changed and what benefits have been realised as a result of your actions?
- Roof and support over people’s heads to provide a starting point for an individual to tackle the issues that have led to homelessness
- The community has benefited from training and community development opportunities and a community facility
- We feed back to stakeholders about our work and an understanding of our clients and how they ended up seeking our services
4) How do you and other people know your aims are being achieved? Or how will you know?
- We take feedback from an annual survey and regular feedback sessions from individuals as part of case management and cluster group feedback about the building/the services and the opportunities
- We do case studies on our tenants and monitor those that have moved on to ensure sustainability
- We have monthly review sessions with the apprentices
- We have a KPI framework that is produced for the board and senior managers that has quarterly performance headlines this is cascaded across the organisation
- Case studies and good news stories are filtered through our social media presence
The below questions are not mandatory, but Mark holders are encouraged to answer them where possible, to provide a fuller account of their social outcomes and the social value they create.
5) How many people have benefitted from your actions?
- 100 tenants
- 150 accessed support
- 91 accessed training via the YEI project
- 6 apprentices recruited
- 4 geographic communities covered – Middlesbrough/Stockton/Redcar/Hartlepool
- Homeless People/young Homeless People/Unemployed/Refugees/Single Mums
- Sustain 48 jobs
6) What examples can you provide of a typical service user experience, that helps illustrate the benefits they have experienced as a result of your actions?
7) What additional social benefits have you been able to deliver within your core services that distinguish you from other “for shareholder profit” providers?
- Opportunities to run a lunch club – cheap two course meal twice a week
- Redistribution of food via the KFC/Greggs
- Access to a welfare fund
- Access to furniture donations to set up a home & access to a van to deliver help clients move on & on going support to sustain tenancies
- Creating a sense of belonging
8) What other social benefits have you contributed that go beyond your core delivery activities (ones that are completely unrelated to your main services)?
- Support the running of a school in Bangalore India via staff donations lining with the READ centre ngo – staff of the project have visited here and staff are currently supporting the education of young female students at the school
- Staff give time to decorate and help client move in/on
9) What social and environmental benefits have you created from internal operational policies and actions?
We have an environmental policy and do recycle office equipment and furniture and contribute to the food recycling scheme.