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WRVS puts the focus on social impact

Charity publishes report on social return of new way of delivering integrated services for older people

WRVS and NPC shone a spotlight on social impact at this week’s seminars, supported by the Guardian, on leadership and social impact. Lynne Berry, WRVS’s outgoing chief executive, talked about the organisational transformation she led as a result of getting a real grip on the impact that WRVS has on the lives of older people.

WRVS has now published, with Frontier Economics, a report on the social return on investment of its new way of delivering integrated services for older people in communities and hospitals. The results, like the results of its earlier social impact report, will support decision making about where resources will make the most difference, which services have the greatest impact and which produce the best value for money for the taxpayer. Like its earlier report on social impact – it’s available on WRVS’s website.

Tristram Hunt, whose constituency includes one of the services analysed in the report, welcomes the study. “At a time when services are being cut, WRVS is a living, breathing demonstration of how investing a little money in community-based services can help transform people’s lives as well as generating very significant savings for cash-strapped public institutions. This report puts a monetary value on the work undertaken by volunteers and shows what a valuable social asset the WRVS is.”

Lynne Berry OBE is the chief executive of WRVS

You can download the Social Return on Investment Report here

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