We have delivered more than £2 million in social value to our communities over the last year.
We have worked out that for every £1 we invested in our ‘wrap around’ community activities in the last 12 months, £16 in social value was achieved.
The figure was calculated through the Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust’s social value calculator and features in our 2016/17 Value for Money Statement, which outlines the many new ways it has supported its customers.
Some of our other main achievements include:
· Investing £196,000 in the areas around our homes through the Better Places project.
· Investing £100,000 in the refurbishment of nine of our sheltered accommodation schemes
· Saving customers an average of £250 on their energy bills
· Creating more than £350,000 in energy through renewable energy systems
· Embedded a new Supporting Foundations support service to help reduce abandonments and tenancy turnover
· Attracted external funding worth £42,000 to deliver community initiatives
· Saving £2,000 a year through mediation to resolve antisocial behaviour
The last year has also seen changes in our operational model, forming a fully-owned repairs and maintenance subsidiary company to save the organisation money and improve services for our customers. Further changes are planned to develop a fresh culture around the organisation in a bid to significantly increase customer satisfaction.
Adrian Chamberlain, Director of Finance at Acis, said: “We are more than bricks and mortar. We focus on the people who live in our homes and the communities in which they live. We are committed to putting people first and aim to provide a level of service that not only meets expectations but enhances the lives of our customers by making a positive difference. A huge part of what we do is about making sure our customers receive value for money services from us.
“Our latest Value for Money Statement shows we are more cost-efficient than most in the sector, and our overall basket of benchmarking information shows that our performance levels are generally better than average and on an improving trend.
“We’re proud of our achievements over the last 12 months, but we know we need to continue with our commitments and achieve even greater things in the months and years ahead. We look forward to coming up with new and exciting ways to deliver our services to our customers and grow as an organisation.”