3SC and Community Housing Cymru (CHC) working together in Wales

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3SC has been working collaboratively with Community Housing Cymru (CHC) to bring the benefits of Job Growth Wales to the 70 Housing Association members across Wales. 3SC will shortly be placing an exhibition stand at the One Big Housing Unconference in Llandrindod Wells in October for example and hosting a presentation day on the scheme. This has led to wider involvement between the two organisations as both see strong links between Housing, Social Enterprise and the Welfare to Work agenda. 3SC has been invited to become involved in the Building Enterprise Scheme.

Sioned Hughes , Director of Policy and Regeneration writes

Community Housing Cymru (CHC) recognises that Housing Associations  are in themselves mature social enterprises that play a big role in sustaining communities across Wales. Registered Social Landlords (RSL’s) spend annually over £900 million, the majority of which already stays in Wales. To help maximise the community benefit from this spend CHC has developed with its members the Building Enterprise project.

The Building Enterprise project is WEFO funded and aimed at providing RSL’s with specialist support packages to develop their procurement processes and encourage social enterprise activities within the communities in which they operate. Support is also available to social enterprises to enable them to develop their businesses to meet the requirements of RSL’s.

A framework of specialist Advisors is being developed to provide support in a variety of areas including legal, financial, technical and business management. The Building Enterprise team will match Advisors to organisations to meet identified needs in developing social enterprise activity and will monitor progress.

CHC hope this exciting project will develop and provide a model of best practice for maximising community impact. We are very pleased that 3SC recognises this important piece of work and has become involved in the steering group through their Chief Operating Officer, Eoin Heffernan.  This, together with our joint work on Job Growth Wales is proving an important platform for further work together.