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Social Value Policy

Since 2012, all public bodies have been legally required to consider how they can deliver additional economic, social and environmental benefits for the community when procuring goods and services, and how they may act to secure that improvement. The aim of this policy is to set out how the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham will seek to meet its obligations.

Requiring contractors to produce Social Value outcomes while they deliver the main element of their contract will enable Barking and Dagenham to deliver more for residents. The council currently spends approximately £400m/year procuring goods and services, providing a significant lever to influence the practices of wider organisations operating in the borough and deliver improved outcomes for residents in the context of limited resources.

Within the council’s contract rules it is already mandated that Social Value must be considered at pre-procurement and strategy development stage in order to comply with the legal requirements to secure additional community benefits. This Policy and the attached toolkit provides the framework to ensure that Social Value is implemented consistently across different commissioning teams; secures more community benefits in line with council priorities; and that impact is effectively monitored and improved over time.

 

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Introduction and background

Since 2012, all public bodies have been legally required to consider how they can deliver additional economic, social and environmental benefits for the community when procuring goods and services, and how they may act to secure that improvement. The aim of this policy is to set out how the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham will seek to meet its obligations.

Requiring contractors to produce Social Value outcomes while they deliver the main element of their contract will enable Barking and Dagenham to deliver more for residents. The council currently spends approximately £400m/year procuring goods and services, providing a significant lever to influence the practices of wider organisations operating in the borough and deliver improved outcomes for residents in the context of limited resources.

Within the council’s contract rules it is already mandated that Social Value must be considered at pre-procurement and strategy development stage in order to comply with the legal requirements to secure additional community benefits. This Policy and the attached toolkit provides the framework to ensure that Social Value is implemented consistently across different commissioning teams; secures more community benefits in line with council priorities; and that impact is effectively monitored and improved over time.

Implementation

Where Social Value will apply

Social Value proposals will be required and evaluated as part of the assessment process from all bidders on all contracts worth over £100,000, with commissioners able to apply Social Value to lower value contracts on a discretionary basis. This means that those bidding for major contracts to deliver goods, services and works for the council will be partly assessed on their proposals to deliver wider community benefits in line with the priorities set out in this policy, in addition to an assessment of the cost and quality of their bid.

How Social Value will be assessed relative to cost and quality considerations

The government recommends a minimum weighting of 10% in order to ensure contractors deliver meaningful Social Value proposals. As such, Social Value commitments will be ‘weighted’ at a minimum of 10% when evaluating potential contractors, with commissioning teams able to apply higher weightings on a discretionary basis up to a maximum of 20%.

What commitments contractors will be asked to make as part of their Social Value proposals

Suppliers wishing to bid for works with the council will be asked to set out convincing Social Value proposals that support delivery of the Borough Manifesto goals and Corporate Plan priorities. The manifesto was the product of consultation with nearly 3,000 residents. Through this process, local people helped set a vision to ensure ‘no one is left behind’ over the next 20 years, with a set of strategic goals, targets and metrics to track progress as shown below:

Borough Manifesto goals

Community engagement

  • at least 20% of residents engaging with the community

Housing

  • build 50,000 new homes over the next 25 years

Health and wellbeing

  • rate of physical activity higher than the East London average
  • healthy life expectancy better than the London average
  • personal wellbeing and happiness above the London average
  • healthy weight better than the East London average

Employment and enterprise

  • unemployment lower than the East London average
  • growth in business larger than the East London average
  • income improving faster than the London median

Safety

  • antisocial behavior lower than the outer London average
  • domestic violence lower than the East London average

Skills and education

  • educational attainment at all levels better than the London average

Environment

  • recycling higher and waste production lower than the London average

These strategic goals have been grouped into five priority themes which provide the context for the council’s Social Value Framework. These themes are shown below with examples of the sorts of activities and outputs the policy seeks to secure under each theme:

  • Investment in local people: tackling unemployment and low pay by promoting payment of the London Living Wage, securing quality employment, work experience and apprenticeship opportunities – with additional consideration for opportunities created for those facing disadvantage in the labour market (including NEETs, care leavers, young offenders and those with learning disabilities or physical and mental health conditions);
  • Investment in the local economy: supporting local job creation by sourcing goods and services from organisations with premises/operations based in the borough and supporting initiatives to build the capacity of local suppliers;
  • Environmental sustainability: reducing waste and single-use plastics, promoting recycling and sustainable energy, supporting local growing initiatives and other activities to improve the local environment and air quality;
  • Community participation and engagement: procuring from organisations with a social purpose, involving citizens in service design and decisions, and helping to build the capacity of local civil society organisations such as through volunteering, mentoring and provision of facilities;
  • People, resilience and independence: supporting local initiatives to improve health and wellbeing by tackling key local issues such as high levels of obesity, anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse.

We will encourage all organisations working or seeking to work in the borough to help us to achieve these goals.

Potential contractors will be required to set out a method statement and delivery plan setting out their commitments and how these will be delivered, including how they will work with local partners and (where relevant) ensure compliance in their wider supply chain.

The scoring methodology will seek to encourage potential contractors to make commitments in relation to at least two (and up to five) themes, with higher scores available for bids that make commitments under the themes of ‘investment in local people’ and ‘investment in the local economy’. This seeks to support delivery of the Borough Manifesto goals to increase job density and improve local incomes and employment rates by creating new job and training opportunities for residents (either directly, or indirectly by supporting businesses based in the borough to grow). These outcomes are worth a significantly higher equivalent financial value than initiatives in other areas, particularly where sustainable employment opportunities are created for disadvantaged groups.

LBBD's Social Value Framework

The framework below sets out the council’s priorities and some of the activities that we would like to see from contractors when developing their Social Value proposals. This list is not exhaustive, and bidders are welcome to come up with innovative ideas about how to deliver Social Value in line with borough goals and priorities.

In addition to the table below, all contractors are expected to adhere to the highest possible ethical standards in employment and are absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking within their own activities and through their supply chain. comply with the Modern Slavery Act by making sure there is no slavery in their supply chains. For full guidance, read the council’s Modern Slavery Statement.

Investment in Local People

Work with the council to meet Borough Manifesto goals to tackle low pay, reduce unemployment and increase access to education and training for borough residents by:

  • paying and promoting the London Living Wage
  • providing sustainable (26 weeks +) employment opportunities for LBBD residents
  • providing quality apprenticeships with clear wage and employment gains for LBBD residents
  • providing work experience and careers support for borough residents
  • providing opportunities for disadvantaged groups - including young people, rehabilitating young offenders, care leavers, and those with mental or physical health conditions and learning difficulties
  • advertising all local employment and apprenticeship vacancies through the council's job brokerage services, and working with the existing local education and training system to deliver training and careers activities wherever possible

Investment in local economy

Work with the council to meet Borough Manifesto goals to support job creation and business growth by:

  • buying goods and services from organisations based in Barking and Dagenham wherever possible - supporting our goal for at least 25% of council goods and services to be sourced from local suppliers
  • building the capacity of local suppliers to access procurement opportunities, such as through mentoring and meet the buyer events

Environmental Sustainability

Work with the council to meet Borough Manifesto goals to create a clean, green and sustainable borough, recycling more and reducing waste by:

  • reducing the amount of waste and single-use plastic and seeking opportunities to recycle wherever possible.
  • supporting LBBD’s target to reduce carbon emissions by taking concrete steps to minimise energy consumption and consider the environmental performance of the wider supply chain.
  • supporting initiatives to improve the local environment such as through local growing schemes and measures to address air pollution and fly-tipping

Community Participation and Engagement

Work with the council to meet Borough Manifesto goals to support improvements in the capacity of civil society, resident engagement and involvement, and levels of volunteering in the borough by:

  • involving residents in the design of projects and services wherever relevant
  • building the capacity of local community groups and activities, such as through volunteering, mentoring and providing space and facilities
  • 'buying social’ where possible, by sub-contracting with organisations that share our values and have a social purpose, such as those from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors

People, Independence and Resilience

Work with the council to meet Borough Manifesto goals to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of borough residents by:

  • supporting initiatives to tackle obesity, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse and other challenges that affect the independence and resilience of residents

 

Social Value Policy 2020 (PDF, 240KB)

 

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How contractors can help the council deliver wider community benefits that meet local priorities.

Introduction

This document sets out how Barking and Dagenham Council is working to use its power as a major procurer of goods and services to deliver wider social, economic and environmental benefits in the borough. 

We want to ensure we are doing all we can to deliver for residents in the context of limited resources. That means seeking to work with organisations who share our values and commitment to the borough, and asking those that want to contract with the council to deliver in a way that creates additional benefits for our residents and communities. 

This ‘Social Value’ must be delivered over and above any benefits that arise from the goods and services being procured – and delivered in a way that is cost-neutral to the council. Put simply, Social Value is about asking whether, if we are spending £1 on the delivery of goods and services, that same £1 can be used to produce a wider benefit to the community.

This policy also fulfils the legal obligation on all public bodies to consider Social Value under the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, which requires:

  • that authorities must consider how procurement might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the local area; and
  • how it might act with a view to securing that improvement

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 came into force on 31 January 2013 and applies to public services contracts and framework agreements relating to services to which the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 and revised Public Contracts Regulations 2015 apply.

We expect all potential contractors seeking to provide goods or services worth more than £100,000 to the council to set out convincing Social Value proposals as part of their bid – with a focus on supporting progress against the 2017 Borough Manifesto goals and targets.

This toolkit aims to support bidders to understand how they can develop effective proposals to deliver wider community benefits as part of their activity in the borough. It provides an overview of:

  • the council’s goals and priorities for Social Value
  • how Social Value is assessed
  • the tools available to help potential contractors to develop a meaningful Social Value offer
  • contact details for local partners that can support delivery on Social Value commitments 

Section 1. Delivering Social Value in LBBD

Goals and priorities

The starting point for Barking and Dagenham’s approach to securing additional Social Value when procuring goods and services is the 2017 Borough Manifesto. The manifesto was the product of consultation with nearly 3,000 residents. Through this process, local people helped set a vision to ensure ‘no one is left behind’ over the next 20 years, with a set of targets and metrics to track progress. 

Borough Manifesto goals

Community engagement

  • at least 20% of residents engaging with the community

Housing

  • build 50,000 new homes over the next 25 years

Health and wellbeing

  • rate of physical activity higher than the East London average
  • healthy life expectancy better than the London average
  • personal wellbeing and happiness above the London average
  • healthy weight better than the East London average

Employment and enterprise

  • unemployment lower than the East London average
  • growth in business larger than the East London average
  • income improving faster than the London median

Safety

  • antisocial behaviour lower than the outer London average
  • domestic violence lower than the East London average

Skills and education

  • educational attainment at all levels better than the London average

Environment

  • recycling higher and waste production lower than the London average

These targets provide the context for the council’s Social Value Framework, which is grouped around five priority themes. These themes are set out in the table below, along with the vision and activities that organisations can do to achieve the associated goals.

We encourage all organisations working or seeking to work in the borough to help us to achieve these goals. Those seeking major contracts to deliver goods, services and works for the council will be partly assessed on their proposals to deliver wider community benefits in line with these priorities – in addition to an assessment of the cost and quality of their bid.

LBBD's Social Value Framework

The framework below sets out the council’s priorities and some of the activities that we would like to see from contractors when developing their Social Value proposals. This list is not exhaustive, and bidders are welcome to come up with innovative ideas about how to deliver Social Value in line with borough goals and priorities.

In addition to the table below, all contractors are expected to adhere to the highest possible ethical standards in employment and are absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking within their own activities and through their supply chain. comply with the Modern Slavery Act by making sure there is no slavery in their supply chains. For full guidance, read the council’s Modern Slavery Statement.

Investment in Local People

Work with the council to meet Borough Manifesto goals to tackle low pay, reduce unemployment and increase access to education and training for borough residents by:

  • paying and promoting the London Living Wage
  • providing sustainable (26 weeks +) employment opportunities for LBBD residents
  • providing quality apprenticeships with clear wage and employment gains for LBBD residents
  • providing work experience and careers support for borough residents
  • providing opportunities for disadvantaged groups - including young people, rehabilitating young offenders, care leavers, and those with mental or physical health conditions and learning difficulties
  • advertising all local employment and apprenticeship vacancies through the council's job brokerage services, and working with the existing local education and training system to deliver training and careers activities wherever possible

Investment in local economy

Work with the council to meet Borough Manifesto goals to support job creation and business growth by:

  • buying goods and services from organisations based in Barking and Dagenham wherever possible - supporting our goal for at least 25% of council goods and services to be sourced from local suppliers
  • building the capacity of local suppliers to access procurement opportunities, such as through mentoring and meet the buyer events

Environmental Sustainability

Work with the council to meet Borough Manifesto goals to create a clean, green and sustainable borough, recycling more and reducing waste by:

  • reducing the amount of waste and single-use plastic and seeking opportunities to recycle wherever possible.
  • supporting LBBD’s target to reduce carbon emissions by taking concrete steps to minimise energy consumption and consider the environmental performance of the wider supply chain.
  • supporting initiatives to improve the local environment such as through local growing schemes and measures to address air pollution and fly-tipping

Community Participation and Engagement

Work with the council to meet Borough Manifesto goals to support improvements in the capacity of civil society, resident engagement and involvement, and levels of volunteering in the borough by:

  • involving residents in the design of projects and services wherever relevant
  • building the capacity of local community groups and activities, such as through volunteering, mentoring and providing space and facilities
  • 'buying social’ where possible, by sub-contracting with organisations that share our values and have a social purpose, such as those from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors

People, Independence and Resilience

Work with the council to meet Borough Manifesto goals to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of borough residents by:

  • supporting initiatives to tackle obesity, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse and other challenges that affect the independence and resilience of residents

Section 2. Assessing Social Value in LBBD

This section provides guidance for potential contractors about the threshold at which Social Value applies, the weighting it is given as part of the total contract evaluation, where it comes in the tender process, and how different proposals will be assessed. 

Who is required to deliver Social Value?

Bidders on all LBBD contracts over £100,000 for goods, services and works are required to provide convincing Social Value offers in line with LBBD’s stated goals and priorities, as set out in the Social Value Framework above. 

However, we welcome all contractors to make Social Value proposals, and reserve the right to apply Social Value obligations on a discretionary basis on contracts below £100,000. 

How is Social Value assessed?

Social Value commitments are assessed and scored as part of the tender evaluation process, alongside evidence of quality and value for money. 

Potential contractors are asked to complete and submit a Delivery Plan setting out their commitments under the themes set out in LBBD’s Social Value Framework, and an accompanying Method Statement explaining how these will be delivered:

  • the Delivery Plan should set out clear, measurable outputs that will be delivered through the contract, including timescales for delivery where possible
  • the Method Statement should include information about who will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of the obligations and how these will be delivered including, where relevant, how the contractor will ensure compliance in their wider supply chain

Social Value in Barking and Dagenham will be weighted at a minimum of 10% of the overall assessment criteria, and up to a maximum of 20%.  Weighting refers to the percentage that Social Value is given within the procurement criteria and decisions, relative to the cost and quality commitments in the bid. This is in line with central government recommendations - Social Value in Government Procurement (2019).

Within this weighting, both the quality of the Method Statement and the commitments (outputs) set out in the Delivery Plan will be taken into account when assessing the Social Value proposals. These weightings may vary and will range from between 10-50% of the total social value weighting for the method statement and 50-90% for the Delivery Plan.

It is important that bidders are confident of their ability to deliver their Social Value commitments as, once agreed, they will form part of the contractual obligations and will be monitored alongside other key performance indicators. 

All Social Value commitments must be delivered in a way that is cost neutral to the council. 

How will different proposals be evaluated? 

We recognise that different contracts will lend themselves to different priorities. We do not necessarily expect potential contractors to commit to deliver outcomes for all the priorities expressed in the Social Value Framework above. 

On some contracts, commissioners will set out particular priorities for Social Value as part of the tender process. 

Bids will be evaluated on the basis of the extent to which they are delivering additional community benefits that would not otherwise have been achieved, the clarity and ambitiousness of the commitments, and extent to which the Method Statement sets out a convincing plan for how outputs will be delivered. 

We will also give priority to bids that make commitments under the themes of ‘investment in local people’ and ‘investment in the local economy’. In particular, we will score Social Value offers more highly where they:

  • demonstrate a commitment to paying and promoting the London Living Wage, particularly for staff working on contracts to deliver council services
  • provide quality employment, apprenticeships, and other training and work experience opportunities for LBBD residents (Wherever possible we would like to encourage sustainable employment opportunities lasting at least 26 weeks and apprenticeships for new entrants that are provided at, or progressing to, Level 3 and above, with evidence of clear wage and employment gains upon completion) - with additional consideration given to proposals that provide opportunities for groups facing disadvantage in the labour market (Priorities include: young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET); unemployed care leavers and/or ex-offenders; residents who are long-term unemployed; and those with physical or mental health conditions and/or learning difficulties.)
  • commit to procuring a meaningful proportion of goods and services relating to the contract from local suppliers - supporting the council to meet its target to procure 25% of all goods and services locally

Securing community benefits in construction

The council’s wholly-owned regeneration and development company Be First plays a key role in driving greater community benefits in the construction sector through its house-building and regeneration programme. 

In June 2019 Be First and the council signed the Unite Construction Charter, which seeks to tackle undercutting and ensure decent pay and conditions in construction. Be First sets ambitious targets for contractors based on these commitments and wider established good practice to tackle skills and employment gaps in the sector, and build the capacity of the local supply chain. 

These targets are set as minimum requirements for all contractors and monitored as part of their key performance indicators. They include requirements to:

  • work to ensure that all operatives on Be First sites are directly employed on a PAYE basis under a contract of employment and paid no less than the London Living Wage;
  • ensure a minimum 25% of the total jobs (FTE) created are filled by LBBD residents – with all vacancies advertised through the council’s job brokerage services; 
  • provide at least one training opportunity for every 10 construction workers – at least half of which (or 5% of the FTE workforce) must be apprenticeships leading to a full recognised qualification;
  • provide 10 weeks of work experience for every 6 months of the development – with each placement lasting at least 2 weeks; 
  • provide at least one educational workshop / visit per educational term for the duration of the construction phase to support local schools and careers services. 
  • source at least 25% of the value of all goods and services required for the development from organisations based in borough and participate in at least two events in each year of the development to promote opportunities to local suppliers and build their capacity;

These targets are also promoted across the wider construction sector operating in the borough through Section 106 employment, skills and suppliers plans.

 

Where does Social Value come in the tender process?

1. Options appraisal

Prior to setting the contract specification, commissioning teams will assess any expectations or priorities within LBBD’s Social Value Framework that could be delivered through the contract in question. Commissioning teams will modify the scoring in the delivery plan to match specification of the contract.

2. Specification

Potential contractors will be reminded in the contract specification that they must set out Social Value proposals in their bid and directed to the relevant guidance and any specific expectations relating to the contract.

3. Evaluation criteria

Social Value will be given a weighting in the evaluation criteria (on contracts above £100,000). This will be between 10-20%. Where a weighting cannot be applied, bidders will still be encoraged to deliver community benefits as part of the tender.

4. Issue tender

Social Value expectations are included in the invitation to tender (ITT). Bidders will be provided with templates for the Delivery Plan and Method Statement and directed to guidance including LBBD’s Social Value Toolkit.

5. Bids in

Bids will be submitted with Social Value offers set out in a detailed Delivery Plan and accompanying Method Statement.

6. Evaluation and contract award

The bids received will be evaluated against LBBD’s priorities and goals as set out in LBBD’s Social Value Framework, and the scoring expressed in the Social Value delivery plan.

7. Contract monitoring

The successful tenderer will be required to regularly submit evidence of compliance. Social Value will be measured as any other performance indicator on the contract.

Section 3. Useful resources

This section provides information about further tools, guidance and contacts that may be helpful in supporting potential contractors to develop meaningful Social Value proposals and ensure that bids stand the best chance of getting maximum marks in this area. 

Dos and don'ts when submitting an offer

This has been adapted from Social Value Portal's Dos and don'ts when Submitting a Social Value offer.

1. Don’t offer anything that is required in the core contract

Services or actions that the bidder is required to provide as part of the core contract requirements cannot also be counted as Social Value. For example, if the contract is about supporting people back to work, bidders cannot claim Social Value for taking people out of unemployment, as that is part of the requirements of the core contract. 

2. Do provide good evidence of how you will deliver Social Value

When submitting Social Value offers, make sure you take the time to fill in the Delivery Plan and Method Statement to the best of your ability. We are looking for bids that are deliverable as well as ambitious - a weak method statement will reduce the coherence of the offer and impact the overall score awarded to Social Value.

3. Don’t double count

Each Social Value outcome may be claimed only once. For example: if a reduction in carbon emissions is proposed through a flexible working initiative, bidders may not claim the same reduction in emissions achieved via a different initiative. 

4. Do make sure you only include committed local spend in your supply chain

When estimating local spend, bidders must only include the projection of spend that occurs as a result of the contract and can be influenced by their own spending decisions. 

Targeting your commitments

The best Social Value proposals are targeted to local issues with a clear sense of how they will be delivered in partnership with organisations and resources on the ground. A list of useful contact details to help contractors deliver on their commitments is provided at the end of this Toolkit. It may also be helpful for bidders to engage with some of the following organisations and resources while they are developing their proposals:

LBBD Borough Data Explorer

Barking and Dagenham Council have developed a Data Explorer which brings together data for all the indicators that either contribute to our Borough Manifesto or the Social Progress Index. This tool allows the user to compare LBBD’s performance to the rest of London and, where data is available, to visualise ward-by-ward level data. 

This is a valuable tool to help produce locally targeted schemes and project. It can be used to understand the issues currently faced in the borough, and to enable contractors to think about where and how they target their interventions to meet the most pressing concerns in different parts of the borough. 

Access the Borough Data Explorer.

Barking and Dagenham Giving

Barking & Dagenham Giving makes it easy for partners to identify and support local causes in Barking & Dagenham. It provides a platform for potential contractors and other organisations to learn about local needs and initiatives, as well as target and deliver interventions in the borough, in collaboration with local voluntary and community groups and social enterprises. This is particularly relevant for contractors seeking to contribute to, volunteer or partner with local initiatives – for example to improve air quality, tackle problems such as obesity, domestic violence or anti-social behaviour, or support the capacity of the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

Visit the B&D Giving portal.

BD_Collective 

The BD_Collective brings the social sector of Barking & Dagenham together in partnership with others - helping organisations to join forces and address local challenges, develop initiatives, share good practice and showcase success. They can provide information and support to potential contractors and other organisations to learn about local needs and initiatives in the Borough from the perspective of the social sector. They can particularly support and inform contractors who are seeking to support and invest in the capacity of the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

Visit the BD_Collective and find out how to contact them.

Useful contacts

Recruit an employee or apprentice from Barking and Dagenham

All contractors are asked to advertise local job and apprenticeship opportunities with the council’s job brokerage service, which offers a free recruitment and selection service for organisations seeking to recruit locally. 

Email: vacancies@lbbd.gov.uk

Get support with apprenticeship training costs 

The government offers up to 95% of funding to cover the costs of training apprentices. LBBD also runs a scheme to transfer the council’s unspent Apprenticeship Levy allowance to organisations that offer high quality opportunities to local residents  covering 100% of their training costs.

Employing an apprentice on GOV.UK.
Telephone: 0800 015 0600
You can also email businessforum@lbbd.gov.uk for information about how to apply to the council’s levy transfer scheme.

Offer work experience and other careers support 

The council’s job brokerage service can help you to organise work experience for residents and connect with local schools and colleges. You can also get in touch with Barking and Dagenham’s Schools Improvement Partnership, which organises pre-and post-16 work experience placements for students in LBBD schools and colleges.

Email: vacancies@lbbd.gov.uk or Barking&DagenhamTrident@lbbd.gov.uk 
Telephone: 020 8724 8334

Use local suppliers

The council’s Business Forum has a directory of local businesses. Get in touch for help finding local suppliers that meet your needs. The Business Forum can also help you publicise opportunities for local suppliers through its quarterly newsletter and events. 

Email: businessforum@lbbd.gov.uk 
Telephone: 020 8227 5094

Identify local voluntary, community and social projects and organisations

Both Barking & Dagenham Giving and the BD_Collective collaborate with a range of partners to make it easy for organisations to identify and support local social organisations. Get in touch for help and ideas on how to target and deliver your obligations.

To get in touch with B&D Giving, email: Geraud@bdgiving.org.uk or visit the B&D Giving portal.  

To get in touch with the BD_Collective, email Alison Cormack at: alison@bdcollective.co.uk or visit the BD_Collective website.

Volunteer in LBBD

Barking and Dagenham’s Volunteer and Community Solutions teams co-ordinate council volunteering opportunities in the borough. The BD_Collective work collaboratively with the council to coordinate volunteering across the social sector of the Borough using a shared volunteering platform called Better Impact.

To volunteer with the council, email: chidi.wilson@lbbd.gov.uk or Jill.Gallagher@lbbd.gov.uk
For wider volunteering opportunities in the borough contact the BD_Collective or B&D Giving, as above.

Support initiatives to tackle Domestic Abuse

Barking and Dagenham’s Domestic Abuse Commission was set up to identify how to reduce high levels of domestic abuse in the borough and can advise on initiatives in this area, as well as how to effectively support and advise your own staff in this regard.

Email: domesticabusecommission@lbbd.gov.uk

 

Social Value Toolkit 2020 (PDF, 471KB)