TSL Kirklees have published a new report called 'Ready, Agile and Able... How The Voluntary And Community Sector Adds Social Value to Life in Kirklees.
It highlights some of the great work that goes in our communities that make a real difference to people's lives, and matches it to the Council's 7 Shared Outcomes, and includes some great case studies and inspirational stories, alongside facts and figures that look at things like:
- how our sector provides essential services, such as non-profit nurseries, community transport and affordable social carehow it helps keep people well, and makes social prescribing possible
- how it provides jobs and opportunities and helps people gain skills, qualifications and find employments
- how it improves communities and brings people together
- and how it contributes million of pounds to the local economy
Chair of Third Sector Leader Kirklees, Hilary Thompson said,
This report recognises and shares examples of what works. Third Sector Leaders is keen to build on our sector's diversity, strengths and know-how to collaborate successfully and achieve more.
She went on to point out some of the things that make the third sector different from other sectors,
We work with communities, individuals and families to find better solutions: Working with people not doing to them is part of our DNA. Most third sector services and organisations are rooted in ideas of people coming together, finding resources and making things change for themselves and people around them.
We value working together: Scarce resources mean we are natural collaborators and networkers. Working with partners creates capacity and adds value to what we deliver. We believe in mutual support and know that sharing knowledge skills and resources often sparks innovative solutions.
We start where people are at: Our members address issues at a neighbourhood level; issues such as social isolation, unavailable childcare or inadequate support services. Our practical place-based working uses local knowledge to take action and strengthen communities.
The report also includes and overview of the sector and an introduction to TSL Kirklees, its ethos and services.