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15.02.2016

Vibrance Attended Social Value Workshop in Kent

Social Value Workshop

Vibrance was invited to attend a workshop on Social Value for Adult Social Care in Kent held on 10th February 2016.

Jean Jay, Director of Development at Vibrance, and Michael Atkins, a member of Vibrance Board of Trustee and service user, attended the ‘Together for Social Value’ workshop in Maidstone. The event was hosted by Emma Hanson, Head of Strategic Commissioning for the Council and Matt Clifton, Chief Executive at Skillnet Group CIC. The workshop gave attendees the opportunity to influence how adult social care maximises social value through commissioning. The event also looked at how organisations showcase their social impact in tenders.

Kent's Adult Social Care Commissioners are committed to maximising social value, meaning it will become more significant in the design and specification of commissioned services. The workshop was a key feature in the development of a social value framework for adult care commissioning, which will shape how commissioners co-work with providers from the initial stages when a service is commissioned. As specifications for new services are written, the Framework will outline social value outcomes to be sought, and how this will be measured during the service delivery.

Speaking of the workshop, Jean Jay said: “It was a pleasure to attend the workshop ‘Together for Social Value’ on behalf of Vibrance, and play a role in influencing the framework. It was important that Michael was also able to attend as he was able to share his experiences and ideas. The event was interesting and informative, and the presentations by Growth Rings and Groundwork South about supporting people into employment were inspiring.”

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