Social Enterprise Week / Social Impact Video

It’s been tough for a lot of people and businesses over the past 18 months but we haven’t stopped making Positive Change through our work at SWY. We may not have been able to work with as many people through COVID but have still created Positive Change for places, communities and our team and we are really proud to share our achievements in our 2020-21 Social Impact Report below…

 

 

Starts with you are delighted to have become members of Social Enterprise UK this year, reinforcing our commitment to Social Enterprise and a fairer, kinder way of doing business. If you would like to find out more check out this great video introduction to Social Enterprise.

 

Social Impact 2018-19

As a social enterprise focused on supporting people and creating opportunity to access work, Starts with you Ltd. (SWY), are keen to identify, capture and promote their wider social value.

Our report below sets out the headline ambitions and key achievements of SWY for the financial year 2018 – 19 and provides an insight into the social value created for our staff, customers and communities as a result of our contracts and services.

We have identified 4 key objectives against which we measure our impact:

Download our full Impact report here.

Bolton Climate Emergency Survey
We need to take urgent action to reverse our impact on the planet. As part of the Bolton Vision Partnership, a group of organisations and businesses from a range sectors working together to improve life in Bolton, we need your support to help reduce our emissions and become a greener society.

We’re asking for you to play a part in shaping our environmental plans for the next 10 years by answering a climate emergency survey. The survey, which takes around five minutes to complete, will help us to identify ways we can best reduce our carbon footprint. It will ask you to rank the importance of potential green options to introduce, from more electric vehicle charging stations, to extra cycle lanes or more local food production.

We are also asking you to have your say on a range of measures which organisations could implement to reduce carbon emissions, such as improving energy efficiency in housing, investing in low carbon transport or more recycling and reusing facilities.

Jon Lord, who chairs the Bolton Vision subgroup responsible for strong and engaged communities, said:

“If we don’t act urgently then the impact of climate change will change our way of life significantly. It might seem to some like a remote issue now but rising sea levels, dryer summers and wetter winters will impact everybody in some way. “We can’t act alone. Everyone needs to play their part in making Bolton cleaner and greener. I hope that people see that the problem of climate change needs addressing now and they will help us to make steps to reduce our emissions and create a better, greener society for everybody in the borough.”

The survey will be available to complete until January.

Complete the survey here.

 

Why we’re running this survey

There is clear evidence that climate change is happening. The world’s five warmest years have all occurred since 2015 – temperatures in the Arctic Circle hit 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in June 2020. The polar ice caps are melting six times faster than in the 1990s, and Greenland lost six Olympic sized swimming pools of ice every second in 2019.

Why should this worry us?

Melting ice in the Arctic leads to higher sea levels across the globe causing flooding and risk to human life and habitat. The changing climate brings us extreme weather. Storms, floods, drought, wildfires and heat waves are increasingly common, threatening homes and food supplies. In Bolton, we have seen increases in incidents of flooding and the spread of moorland fires in recent years.

Although it is clear that the climate is warming in the long term, it doesn’t mean that the weather will get hotter every single year. Natural fluctuation will mean there are some cold years and seasons but these events will become less likely.

There is irrefutable scientific evidence linking climate change to human activity. Bolton, like many other towns and cities, declared a Climate Emergency in August 2019. Bolton Vision is committed to making our activities net carbon neutral by 2030.

When we say carbon neutral, we are describing the activity of organisations or people removing as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they put into it. The overall goal of carbon neutrality is to achieve a zero carbon footprint. For example, a business may plant trees in different places around the world to offset the emissions from the electricity the business uses. We need to make these changes to secure the future of our young people who are the adults of tomorrow and will inherit the world with the climates changes we have already made.

Complete the survey here.

Positive Change really does Start with you!

Our Social Impact: 2019-20

We’re so excited to be launching our Social Impact Report today, on #SocialEnterpriseDay!

As a Social Enterprise ourselves we exist, not only to deliver our brilliant support and services, but to do it in a way that makes a difference to the people and places we work with and in – we call it our “Positive Change”.

We have an #ambition to operate profitably as any other business would. The difference is we commit to reinvest or gift 100% of our profits to charity every year so we can make even more “Positive Change”!

Last year was fabulous year for us, taking on new services and growth, moving to our fabulous offices at The Valley and continuing to deliver high quality support and services to the public and business customers.

Whilst 2020 has been tough for many of us we continue to deliver great services and make “Positive Change” in the work we do.

This short animation covers the highlights of the “Positive Change” we made last year, we hope you enjoy it!