COUNTY DURHAM POUND
Social Value Knowledge Hub
County Durham is an area that spans 862 square miles and over half a million people call home. As we all continue to recover from COVID-19 and focus on creating a future that is more equal and sustainable, there is an opportunity to accomplish a seismic shift in the way that people, organisations and communities work together for the collective benefit of County Durham.
Through the County Durham Pound project, the ability to drive long-term social, economic and environmental benefits – or social value – is huge. This Social Value Knowledge Hub aims to keep the people of County Durham informed of the project’s progress and create a space for you to send us your ideas and feedback.
The power of the collective
Who We Are
The County Durham Pound project involves a number of organisations committed to working together to maximise social, economic and environmental value throughout the county. This could be via procurement decisions and the way our suppliers are selected; how we operate as responsible and ethical employers; or, how our grant funding is allocated.
As we continue to recover from COVID-19 and focus on creating a future that is more equal and sustainable, we have the opportunity to accomplish a seismic shift in the way that we work together for the collective benefit of County Durham.
TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE
Details of our commitments to you
and our overarching approach
Our Social Value Measurement and Reporting Framework for the County Durham Family
Research, data and insights about local needs and priorities. Relevant as of March 2022
Videos of training sessions to complement the Social Value Guidance documents
Social Value Guidance
For organisations bidding for contracts and tenders that include social value requirements
ACHIEVING POSITIVE OUTCOMES
Social Value in Durham Schools
Partner organisations of the County Durham Pound project and their suppliers have been working together to provide Social Value to local schools. To date, the partner organisations have collectively recorded 1,635 hours of school engagement activity equating to a Social Local Economic Value of £27,644 in addition to supporting special projects.
For more information about innovative Social Value projects in Durham schools, please watch the video.
believe housing adds a splash of green to its fleet
A range of electric vans and cars has been added to believe housing’s fleet as it continues to find ways to reduce its carbon footprint.
The County Durham-based housing association, which manages more than 19,000 affordable homes, now has three Vauxhall Combo-e Life and 11 Vauxhall Vivaro-e vans and two Nissan Leaf cars in its fleet of 165 vehicles.
PCC praises contractors as new custody development nets £10m+ for local economy
Contractors working on the creation of the new Durham Investigative Hub are celebrating a major new milestone after boosting the social and economic value of the project beyond £10m.
The Durham Gate development, which will provide more than 6,600m2 of up-to-date accommodation including 48 modern cells, has been intentionally designed to improve local opportunities, life chances and wellbeing for local people.
Social value in action
Growing the local economy is a key driver of the County Durham Pound project, so the partner organisations held a joint ‘Meet the Buyers’ event at the Radisson Blu in Durham to link local suppliers with a wide range of procuring organisations. 68 suppliers and 55 buyers attended the event and 144 one-to-one appointments took place to give Durham based organisations the tools and opportunities to win more business.
For more information about the event, please watch the video.
Livin and regeneration
Livin is transforming local communities by building new homes that are safe, affordable, and sustainable and by creating places that people are proud to live in. Livin offer support to help local residents and tenants into work and training which positively affects the individuals and community. Work opportunities include apprenticeships for Livin which are helping to make current and new builds more energy efficient.
For more information about how Livin helped to deliver social value please watch the video.
Social value in construction
Durham County Council working in partnership with its local construction contractors are boosting and implementing social value across County Durham. Through their social value commitments, the contractors have engaged with communities; delivered apprenticeships; employed local people on contracts; provided gardening beds and site visits for schoolchildren; and improved the local environment. The council uses procurement and supply chain opportunities to maximise social value.
Please watch the video to find out more.
Creating an orchard
A grant from Northumbrian Water’s Branch Out Fund has enabled New Warlands Farm to invest in a community orchard. The grant was given to a local charity, North East Autism Society (NEAS), who have a training centre at the farm. The adults who attend the centre will be able to develop skills in growing and maintaining an orchard, as well as harvesting and processing the apples into apple juice, once the trees mature.
Please click on the link to find out more about this project.
ICT Social Value
Durham County Council delivered 200 hours of social value by engaging with one of the other project partners, Bishop Chadwick Catholic education Trust (BCCET). As part of the council’s connectivity contract, they delivered online and in person training on cybersecurity awareness to staff, parents and young people.
For more information about how these partners worked together to deliver social value please watch the video.
Believe Housing has funded the installation of a wild pod at Oakley Cross School in West Auckland. The pod will offer a home for plants and provides a natural habitat for hedgehogs and wild animals. The school children will have the opportunity to learn about looking after the environment.
For more information about how Believe Housing helped to deliver social value please watch the video.
Northumbrian wow has installed 3,600 solar panels at Its Lumley Water Treatment Works. The array will generate 1.9 million kWh of anergy par year. This capital investment will be expanded across o further, four sites and alongside using green electricity will bring the company closer to its 2027 Net Zero ambition.
Please click on the link to find out more about this project.
News and Events
Partners of the County Durham Pound project reflect on their achievements in 2022/23 and set these targets for the year ahead: Watch the video to find out more:
A project which brings together 11 of County Durham’s biggest employers has generated more than £300million in “social value” for the county since its launch last year. The ‘County Durham Pound’ project has seen organisations including Durham County Council, Durham Constabulary and Durham University commit to maximising the local impact of their collective spending power….
The award recognises a public sector organisation that has commissioned or procured a single project or framework and maximised the delivery of social value. Up against competition from the likes of Mayor of London’s Architecture and Urbanism Framework and Cheshire and Merseyside – Giving People a Voice, County Durham Pound was crowned victorious at the…
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