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Social return on investment: the economic and social value created by Social Firms

This presentation was given by Sheila Durie at the Social Firms Europe (CEFEC) conference in Prague in 2009.

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Sheila Durie, The SROI Network and the SROI Project in Scotland
2009

SROI Social Firm case study: Pembrokeshire FRAME

Pembrokeshire FRAME is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, providing practice for work, training and paid employment opportunities to people with and recovering from mental ill health and/or a learning disability, through the operation of a community furniture store. The primary aim for the organisation is the support of disadvantaged people; those who are on work placements and those who need furniture. FRAME is a Social Firm: 26.4% full-time equivalent of its staff currently have a disability, over 80% of its income comes from self generated income and contracts.

REDF Social impact report

REDF, based in the USA, monitored 900 individuals, 47% of whom had mental health problems.  This report illustrates the value that their 'employment enterprises' bring those individuals.

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REDF
2005

Is work good for your health and well-being?

While we in the Social Firm sector have always believed that working is good for your health and well-being, here we have the evidence! This is a 'review of reviews' and while there are certain provisos attached to this overall conclusion (e.g. depends on the quality of the job etc.), and some statistical/evidential gaps, it gives everybody a good basis on which to move forward. As far as Social Firms UK is concerned, our development of the Values-Based Checklist links strategically to the outcomes of this research review.

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Gordon Waddell and A. Kim Burton
2006

SROI Social Firm case studies: MillRace IT and Pack-IT

In 2005 Social Firms UK and NEF worked together to carry out two SROI case studies on Social Firms, with phenomenal results:

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New Economics Foundation
2005

Evidencing health gain within the Social Firm sector

This report is based on the results from a workshop held at the Social Firms UK conference in June 2006.

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2006

Proving the value of Social Firms

This article appeared in the 2008 Social Firms UK annual conference souvenir brochure.  It suggests that for each that employment in Social Firms is sustained at the current level, the annual benefit saving along to the Exchequer is £6.4 million.

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Richard Neville (www.richardneville.org)
2008