Investing in social values
Work experience placements for young people, apprenticeship opportunities and almost £52,500 invested in 16 community projects in the east and south Midlands are among the initiatives undertaken by one of our contractors.
The contract for repairs to its homes and preparation of vacant properties for new occupancy includes demonstrating a strong commitment to social values.
Gary Dulson, Operations Manager, Surveying, said: “Fortem is one of our main contractors for repairs and void maintenance at our properties in Leicester, Coventry and Milton Keynes, having won their initial contract through a tender process that included a commitment to social values.
“We are passionate and committed to developing and supporting our communities and Fortem has worked very hard with us to achieve our ambitious social value investment goals.
“We are delighted, therefore, that Fortem’s latest social value investment report evidences a wide range of activities that have benefitted individuals and the communities in which we work. In virtually every area, performance exceeded expectations set in the original tender process.
He explained that Fortem worked with us to tailor activities to our goal to make a difference to individuals and to society, as well as the specific needs of local communities.
“Within Fortem social value investment refers to money, time, skills and expertise that is invested in developing and supporting communities," he said.
“For the 12-month period from January 2017/18, 14 young people under the age of 25 secured work experience placements with us and a further two were taken on as an apprentice bricklayer and an apprentice electrician. The targets for these were 10 and one, respectively.
“Fortem employees also volunteered to participate in community engagement activities including supporting students at Leicester’s Moat Community College and Carisbrooke Specialist Learning Centre and at Coventry City College. During the year 377 hours were donated to community projects by 21 volunteers.”
The 16 community projects – target 12 - delivered in the Midland Heart area include a Midlands Golf Day to raise money for the 4 Men & a Camel challenge to support local boxing clubs.
The report states: “It’s not just about being a great property solutions provider but to inspire people to be the best that they can be.
“We want to be able to make a difference to people’s lives and leave a lasting legacy in the communities we serve.”