Our work, our training and enterprise activities exist to deliver high social impact. We are clear that we want to renew our communities through an increase in opportunities for learning and employment, in the creation and realisation of personal aspiration and of hope.
Our own enterprise activities for the most part have a wholly social focus – the creation of local training opportunities, this links directly to the creation of local employment opportunities which in turn is driven by the delivery of local services. Through this approach we have given ourselves a goal in making our communities more “resilient”, to enable them to resist to a greater degree the forces of economic upheaval together with its social consequences, to create within them a new dynamic, one that is born out of a shared vision and commitment across its’ complex networks and that is conceived with a new DNA that ensures that our hitherto most disadvantaged neighbourhoods develop inherent genetic characteristics where networks (internal and external) relate, oscillate, connect and spark, release energy and renew themselves.
Our method also seeks to engender a greater degree of social cohesion. We want to strengthen the fabric that holds our communities together. Our model then looks to connect people with the places in which they live through training, work and local service delivery and to connect people with people – this is about the provision of services within communities themselves in a way that further emphasises and stimulates resilience.
Our model can stimulate local economic regeneration since our broader enterprise and training offer fosters a culture of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurialism whilst at the same time strengthening local accountability