The Federation has been working to identify social enterprise opportunities for housing associations
Social enterprise support
Housing associations are independent social enterprises making a significant social and economic contribution to their local communities. Alongside this many work in partnership with other social enterprises to further strengthen their impact. Bringing social enterprises into your supply chain can deliver a range of benefits ensuring the money you already spend on goods and services stays in your local community, or that it generates additional social value.
The Federation has been working closely with Social Enterprise UK to identify and highlight the opportunities and partnerships available for housing associations and social enterprises to deliver neighbourhood initiatives.
Social Enterprise and Housing Hub
Supported by the Federation the Social Enterprise and Housing Hub has been produced by the housing sector for the housing sector. It provides a single point of access for housing organisations to find all sorts of information related to social enterprise. By bringing together existing resources and knowledge, best practice case studies and access to a peer support network, the aim of this website is to encourage many more housing associations to enter the world of social enterprise and benefit from the business and social return it provides.
Social Value Hub
All resources relating to social value in the UK have been brought together in one place, with the launch of the Social Value Hub. This aims to make it much simpler for those interested in delivering and commissioning for social value with information and best-practice from across all sectors including practical 'how-to' articles, case studies and videos.
The hub was been created by Social Enterprise UK in partnership with NCVO, NAVCA, the National Housing Federation and the NHS Confederation.
The Buy Social Directory connects private and public sector buyers with social enterprises offering products and services. This grew out of a need to connect organisations that want to use their purchasing power to make a difference with the huge range of social enterprises ready to do business with them.