Strategic Social Procurement Partnership Changing Lives Through Regeneration
A partnership between one of Liverpool’s largest regeneration organisations and a social value construction procurement framework is helping to transform communities across the city.
The Regenda Group, which operates across housing, construction, training and the third sector, is working with Construction Impact Framework (CIF) to drive social value through procurement and the supply of works and services.
Established in 2015, award-winning CIF is an OJEU compliant framework used by a range of public-sector organisations, including NHS, Education and Local Authority. Each time that CIF is utilised, it invests monies into initiatives which deliver munch needed community provision.
One of the organisations supported by CIF is Centre 56, who provides childcare, information and support for families who have suffered, or are at risk of domestic abuse or a crisis situation. Centre 56 has been providing services since it began as a refuge in 1973. After financially struggling for a few years, Centre 56 joined The Regenda Group in 2018.
In England and Wales two women are killed each week by a current or former partner, while on Merseyside there were 28,359 reported incidents of domestic abuse recorded in one year up to March 2017. There has also been a 21% reduction in domestic abuses services available in England since 2010, which makes it vital that organisations such as Centre 56 are supported.
By working in partnership, The Regenda Group and CIF are able to generate much needed funds for Centre 56 and other social investments. The Regenda Group can procure services and provide services through the framework, knowing that it is helping to sustain the region’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.
Lesley Penton, Partnerships Manager at The Regenda Group, said: “We are passionate about regenerating people and place, raising aspirations and supporting communities. Our values are at the core of everything we do, and we like to work other organisations who share our values.
“Through partnering with the CIF, we are able to utilise procurement to maximise the funding of vital services across the region, including our very own Centre 56, while ensuring that we are working with other social driven organisations.
Sara Lawton, Director at CIF, said: “The Regenda Group are a fantastic partner who have an unquestionable commitment to communities. I’ve visited Centre 56 on numerous occasions and seen first-hand the critical role they play in supporting families. I am proud our work with The Regenda Group is helping to sustain such a crucial service.”
The Regenda Group