3SC wins prestigious Esmée Fairbairn investment

3SC has won a significant investment from the prestigious Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

3SC has been awarded funds which will enable it to continue increasing charity, community and social enterprise involvement in public services.

Managing contracts for public departments, 3SC is a UK leader in building consortia of local organisations and allowing smaller third sector providers to compete for – and deliver – large contracts.

These include the UK government’s Work Programme, across Yorkshire, Humberside, West Midlands and East London, as well as Post Work Programme Support and Access to Work in Wales.

3SC is also a key partner in Purple Futures, which is successfully delivering a new probation and rehabilitation service for the Ministry of Justice. The partnership of private sector organisations, charities and social enterprises has consistently surpassed targets and more than 5,000 offenders have now been supported as a result of this work.

3SC currently manages a supply chain of delivery organisations across five regions as part of the programme, as well as working with community rehabilitation companies to highlight future service requirements.

Whether it’s helping ex-offenders reintegrate into society, or providing disabled employees with support in their work, 3SC works in collaboration with its stakeholders to promote best practice.

It’s this commitment – along with an on-going mission to create real social change – that has been recognised by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, which aims to ‘improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK, both now and in the future.’

3SC continues to grow and its stakeholders now include more than 2,000 charities, social enterprises, voluntary and community groups – all representing a diversity of specialisms, including employability, skills, housing, criminal justice, health and social care.

Any profit made by the organisation is reinvested in the third sector to build capacity and capability, improving service delivery and providing a greater return to both service users and commissioners.

The new investment will support both existing operations and provide room for further growth.

3SC Chief Executive, Martyn Oliver, said:

“We are extremely pleased to be working with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Our mission is simple; to increase voluntary, community and social enterprise involvement in public services – and this investment will help us further that cause.

We want to expand access to social investment right across the UK and this funding is another hugely exciting moment for 3SC.

We are an innovative social enterprise that continues to break boundaries in the management of high-profile contracts. We work with the third sector because it has the expertise, ethos and skills to deliver services that put people and their communities first.

This funding is an investment in social value. And that hugely important principle will always be our top priority.”

A spokesperson for the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation said:

“Esmee Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change.

The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. We make grants of £30-£35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, children and young people, the environment and social change. We also commit up to £35 million in social investments in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit.”