What is our Social Impact?
So how does an organisation ‘make a social impact to create social change’? In our case, our social enterprise funds the work of our charity, including the Family Benefits Advice Service and our research and lobbying work. Through our telephone helpline and outreach services last year (2017/18) we completed more than 7,500 personal benefits checks for parents, delivered 458 outreach sessions and helped over 13,600 people. Parents who received a personal benefits check identified an average of £3,589 in financial support and collectively saved more than £13.2 million. So that’s £13.2 million put back into parents’ pockets, helping them to get into and stay in work and driving the economy – positive social change in action!
To read more about how our Social Enterprise supports our charity, download our Social Impact Report 2017/18.
How much we have invested?
Since 2008 we have reinvested £6.2 million into providing services for local families. We provide a free, impartial and confidential Family Benefits Advice Service, we carry out research addressing childcare and work related issues and we lobby local Government to improve support for families.
Through both charitable and social enterprise activities, our impact in the community in 2017/18 has included:
- 13,600+ parents using our Childcare Vouchers, collectively saving those parents £15.4 million in childcare costs
- 2,750 employers offering the Childcare Voucher scheme to their staff, collectively saving those employers £4.6 million in National Insurance Contributions
- 7,500+ better-off calculations carried out by the Family Benefits Advice Service, with working parents who received a personal benefits check gaining an average of £3,589 in financial support
- publication of the 8th annual Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey
- hosting of the Family Friendly Employers Awards 2018.
Buy Social Corporate Challenge 2020
A group of high profile businesses are aiming to spend £1 billion with social enterprises by 2020 as part of the Buy Social Corporate Challenge. This is a Social Enterprise UK initiative, in partnership with the UK Government, and sees a number of forward-thinking companies opening up their supply chains to social enterprise. In the first three years of the initiative, over £65 million has been spent by corporate partners and the Challenge has helped to create 637 jobs at Social Enterprises. Through corporate contracts, social enterprises have been able to reinvest £5.5 million into their social missions.
In 2018, Employers For Childcare was delighted to welcome Interserve PLC as a new user of our Childcare Voucher scheme, through their commitment to the Buy Social Corporate Challenge and we are actively engaged in discussions with a number of the other corporate partners who have signed up to the initiative.
If your organisation would like further information on how social business is good business, contact us on 028 9267 8200.
As a result of our impact, our Chief Executive, Marie Marin, was shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Women in Social Enterprise’ category at the Social Enterprise UK Awards, 2018.
Marie is one of just 19 women who was nominated in both 2017 and 2018 for the NatWest WISE100 (Women in Social Enterprise 100) which recognises the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven business.