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Social Impact Declaration
Social Impact Statements
  • SWEDA is a unique agency which has been providing services to the community for over 20 years. SWEDA exists to encourage, inspire and promote the personal and professional development of its clients to achieve their goals regardless of age, intellect, talent or heritage.

    Our services include:

    • 1:1 Information, Advice & Guidance
    • Employment support “ Help with CVs, interview techniques, application forms, job search
    • Business advice, mentoring and training
    • Support for new and existing social enterprises (Growing the Social Enterprise Sector in the West Midlands)
    • Mentoring and training for young people 16+ years
    • UK Online Centre “ Free ICT Training
    • Accredited courses; ICT, First Aid, Food Safety
    • SWEDA Womens Business Network
    • Training & e-learning
    • Microsoft IT Academy
    • Friends of SWEDA
  • Address: 105 Bratt St
    West Bromwich
    West Midlands
    B70 8SB
    United Kingdom
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  • Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_SWEDA.pdf
  • 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) Supporting people into employment - examples of key activities

    Sandwell MBC Service Level Agreement

    Our Service Level Agreement funded via Sandwell MBC provides employability training for long term unemployed residents in Sandwell. After completing an Initial Advice and Guidance session (IAG) with clients we then support them with employability skills and training, accredited IT training and online skills development.

    Central Skills Hub

    Central Skills Hub will support local communities and develop the skills of Volunteer Peer Mentors in ‘How to Run and Manage a Skills and IT/Job Club’ to support their personal and professional development.

    Benefit and Welfare Advice Project

    SWEDA are part of the Sandwell Advice Providers Network. SWEDA’s services as part of this Network provide:

    • Advice and Guidance
    • Benefit Calculations
    • Completion of Housing/Council Tax
    • Discretionary Housing forms
    • JSA/ESA (Job Seeker allowance/Employment and Support Allowance) queries
    • JSA Sanctions
    • Benefits applications

    SWEDA have also assisted their clients during Medical Health Assessments, PIP (Personal Independent Payment) appeals and PIP court hearings. In addition many of these clients are also suffering with ill health/disability and we have been able to access the correct level of benefit support for them.

    Sandwell Adult Family Learning (S.A.F.L)

    The project was called ‘Preparation for the World of Work’ and aimed to deliver various training to move people closer to employment or self employment. In the duration of the project the following workshops were delivered:

    • Employability
    • IT For Employment
    • Business

    Positively Young Project

    The Positively Young project funded by Children in Need focuses on unemployed young people aged between 16-18 (small number of 15 year olds are eligible) to support them into positive progression routes such as further education, apprenticeships, employment, self-employment etc.

    Each young person receives a full IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) allowing us to develop a tailor made learning plan for each individual.

    Supporting Employment and Enterprise Development (SEED) Project

    The project supports individuals looking to go into self-employment who are living in the Black Country area. During the development stage of the new venture clients can access a number of workshops including: Business Awareness (Business Planning and Legal), Marketing, Finance, HMRC and Business IT.

    Growing The Social Enterprise Sector in the West Midlands Phase 2

    The GSE project provides advice, guidance and support to new and existing Social Enterprises.


    2) Measures of support provided

    Sandwell MBC Service Level Agreement

    During the project we over achieved on all our targets. We supported 337 clients, developed 215 CVs, delivered accredited training to 90 clients and non-accredited training to an additional 65 clients.

    Benefit and Welfare Advice Project

    From April 2015 – March 2016 SWEDA have engaged and supported 105 clients and continued supporting those clients with ongoing support and advice.

    Growing The Social Enterprise Sector in the West Midlands Phase 2

    • 2 established Social Enterprises
    • 78 individuals supported
    • 3 social enterprise setup/ currently registering
    • 8 group mentoring sessions



    3) Outcomes for beneficiaries

    Sandwell MBC Service Level Agreement

    The project will enhance clients’ confidence, skills and access to employment opportunities for local clients. This will lead to greater self-esteem, development of key skills and greater financial/overall wellbeing. We successfully moved over 35 clients into employment, our project has now been extended to March 2017.

    Sandwell Adult Family Learning (S.A.F.L)

    110 Clients were supported in total. The workshops were promoted at various SWEDA events and were facilitated on a weekly basis between March 2016 – July 2016.

    Supporting Employment and Enterprise Development (SEED) Project

    The demand for the project exceeded all expectations and in this current year has achieved:

    • 112 individual Information, Advice and Guidance sessions
    • 27 Individuals supported to get a job
    • 6 individuals registering a new business
    • 17 workshops attended by 97 Clients
    • 1 major external marketing and promotional events in Black Country.