Social Impact Report 2016

"SIS have made a substantial impact on our community by supporting us through a very trying time. This has led to a stronger community with a stronger focus and a new sense of direction for the future."

SIS uses Big Society Capital's outcomes matrix, designed from a beneficiary perspective, and includes nine outcome areas which reflect what a person needs to have a full and happy life. Each outcome area has a set of related measures to assess social impact at the individual level and for community, sector and society. We are showcasing one SIS customer across all nine outcome areas in this year's report.

Arts, Heritage, Sports & Faith

People find enjoyment, self-expression and affiliation through information, participation and engagement in the arts, sports and/or faith, resulting in a thriving cultural landscape.

of SIS customers chose Arts, Heritage, Sport & Faith as their primary outcome area.

The Investment

We've provided

£5.4m

of loans to support 19 organisations.

The Impact

The changes those customers who selected this as their primary outcome area are trying to achieve:

78%

that individuals find meaning and fulfilment from engaging in arts, heritage, sport and faith.

61%

a strong public awareness of and participation in arts, heritage, sport and faith.

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Case Story: Bridge 8 Hub

Young people in disadvantaged areas face a number of barriers to participating in sport, especially cost. Research has shown sports participation rates are significantly lower among young people from less well-off backgrounds. Bridge 8 Hub is Scotland’s first canal-based urban outdoor activity centre, located just 20 minutes from Edinburgh city centre. Housed in repurposed shipping containers on the Calder Canal, it provides outdoor activities to a range of schools. youth groups, community groups and outdoor enthusiasts. Its core principle is to ensure that anyone wishing to access the outdoors has the opportunity to do so through its hire hub.  In... Read more about this case study

Citizenship & Community

People live in confidence and safety, free from crime and disorder. All act as responsible and active citizens and feel part of a community which is stronger, active and more engaged.

of SIS customers chose Citizenship & Community as their primary outcome area.

The Investment

We've provided

£6m

of loans to support 21 organisations.

The Impact

The changes those customers who selected this as their primary outcome area are trying to achieve:

63%

ensure individuals have a stake in their community and society at large, and make a conscious contribution.

84%

a strong public participation in citizenship and communities, and good social cohesion.

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Case Story: Here We Are

Many rural communities in Scotland face a number of challenges: the decline of the once-dominant fishing, farming and forestry industries; changing patterns of land ownership; and the departure of young people as they seek homes and jobs elsewhere. Here We Are was established in 1998 to promote the development of the community of Cairndow, a village of 150 people located at the head of Loch Fyne, Argyll. Constantly exploring new ideas, Here We Are runs a number of projects for the benefit of local people and visitors alike. One of these initiatives is the Our Houses: Their Stories project, a... Read more about this case study

Conservation of the Natural Environment

People have an appreciation of the natural environment and play their part in protecting it, including reducing their carbon footprint for the benefit of people, plants, animals and habitat, today and in the future.

of SIS customers chose Conservation of the Natural Environment as their primary outcome area.

The Investment

We've provided

£1.7m

of loans to support 7 organisations.

The Impact

The changes those customers who selected this as their primary outcome area are trying to achieve:

60%

that individuals understand the importance of and reduce their impact on the natural environment.

40%

a strong public awareness of and engagement with the natural environment, and good sectoral understanding as to how to sustain it.

Portpatrick Harbour Community Benefit Society at the launch of the community share offer.

Case Story: Portpatrick Community Benefit Society

We have been delighted to see the growth of community shares in Scotland as a method for communities to come together and invest in their futures. Since Community Shares Scotland was established in 2014, it has supported organisations to raise over £6 million in sectors spanning renewables, housing, sport and food. One such example of a community raising shares to run an exciting community enterprise is the case in Portpatrick. SIS supported the share offer with our special community shares underwriting facility. Here’s their story: The Portpatrick Community Benefit Society (CBS) was formed in 2015 with the aim of securing... Read more about this case study

Employment, Training & Education

Individuals are in suitable employment, education, training or caring work and relevant opportunities are available to all.

of SIS customers chose Employment, Training & Education as their primary outcome area.

The Investment

We've provided

£10.5m

of loans to support 40 organisations.

The Impact

The changes those customers who selected this as their primary outcome area are trying to achieve:

68%

that their beneficiaries develop the necessary technical (hard) skills through employment, education or training (including literacy and numeracy, job-search skills and job-specific qualifications).

76%

high quality employment, training and education within a healthy local economy.

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Case Story: New Start Highland

The unemployment rate in the Highland area stands at just 1.2%, lower than the rate for Scotland. This means that those without a job are those who are most deeply entrenched in unemployment and in need of the most help. New Start Highland sees a future where people in Northern Scotland live free from poverty and crisis and are equipped to realise their potential. It was established in 2000 to meet the needs of people coming out of homelessness by providing essential furniture and basic household essentials to those in need in the highland community. It provides support to people... Read more about this case study

Family, Friends & Relationships

People have a positive social network that provides love, belonging and emotional practical support. A society that supports and encourages families and/or good personal relationships with a sense of belonging.

of SIS customers chose Family, Friends & Relationships as their primary outcome area.

The Investment

We've provided

£3m

of loans to support 4 organisations.

The Impact

The changes those customers who selected this as their primary outcome area are trying to achieve:

75%

that individuals feel and are socially connected.

75%

a resilient society with meaningful connections.

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Case Story: Camphill Blair Drummond

“65% of people living with a learning disability express a desire to work. However, fewer than one in five people with learning difficulties work, and those who do are predominantly part-time and low-paid. People with learning difficulties continue to have limited opportunities to form and sustain personal relationships, both intimate and friendly. They are far less likely than the general population to marry or have a long-term partner to share their lives with. For many, personal relationships are confined to immediate family, and the high number who live with elderly parents will soon no longer even have that social context.... Read more about this case study

Housing & Local Facilities

Individuals have a suitable, secure place to live, affordable utilities and access to local facilities and transport with investment and availability of different forms of tenure, now and in the future.

of SIS customers chose Housing & Local Facilities as their primary outcome area.

The Investment

We've provided

£2.4m

of loans to support 9 organisations.

The Impact

The changes those customers who selected this as their primary outcome area are trying to achieve:

63%

that individuals have a secure and suitable place to live in a fit condition.

63%

that there is provision of adequate, affordable accommodation across the community.

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Case Story: Sleat Community Trust

All of Scotland’s 93 island communities face distinct challenges relating to their geographic remoteness: declining populations, transport and digital connectivity and supporting sustainable economic growth. The Sleat peninsula, located in the south of the Isle of Skye, is home to one of the fastest-growing rural areas of Scotland, with a diverse population of over 800. The Sleat Community Trust was formed in 2004 with the aim of improving the area for the benefit of its inhabitants by safeguarding Sleat’s spectacular natural environment and by promoting economic development. In 2007, the Trust purchased the local petrol station and has since developed... Read more about this case study

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Those who experience mental illness recover, where possible, and lead a positive and fulfilling life, even if symptoms remain. Good mental wellbeing and life satisfaction across the population.

of SIS customers chose Mental Health & Wellbeing as their primary outcome area.

The Investment

We've provided

£2.4m

of loans to support 6 organisations.

The Impact

The changes those customers who selected this as their primary outcome area are trying to achieve:

75%

that individuals have a sense of purpose, engage in meaningful and fulfilling activity, and have aspirations for the future.

100%

a good mental health and wellbeing across the community.

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Case Story: CRISIS

It is estimated that more than one in three people are affected by a mental health problem each year. In Scotland some patients are forced to wait for more than 18 weeks before they receive treatment with the NHS. Crisis, which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary, was founded to provide a counselling service for people who found themselves in need of support. At Crisis, there is no typical client or issue that is focussed on. Rather they work with a people of all ages, from children to adults, who are in need of support for a range of issues.... Read more about this case study

Physical Health

Individuals look after their health. They recover quickly or, if recovery is not possible, health and quality of life are maximised. Good general physical health across the population

of SIS customers chose Physical Health as their primary outcome area.

The Investment

We've provided

£2m

of loans to support 8 organisations.

The Impact

The changes those customers who selected this as their primary outcome area are trying to achieve:

88%

that individuals look after their physical health, maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep safe.

88%

healthy and physically active people and communities.

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Case Story: The Food Train

Malnutrition is estimated to affect 10% of people over 65, with the number of people aged 65 and over projected to rise by nearly 50% over the next 20 years to 16 million in the UK. People suffering malnutrition are more likely to be admitted to hospital and to be dependent on carers and support services. The Food Train was established in Dumfries in 1995, with the core aim of providing an affordable grocery delivery service to older people who may struggle to do their shopping as a result of age, frailty or disability. This not only enables older people... Read more about this case study

Income & Financial Inclusion

People have sufficient income to meet their essential needs and access to suitable financial products and services. Everyone reaches an optimum level of income for health and wellbeing, and income differentials support social cohesion.

Funding a Growing Social Need

Every year, thousands of low income households across Scotland face the bleak choice of heating or eating. The consequences of an inadequately heated home are often far-reaching, leading, in many cases, to unserviceable debt and poor health. Our Power looks to address this area of need of income and financial inclusion and these social issues lie at the heart of Our Power’s business mission. Launched last year as a new independent energy supply company, Our Power is the first in the UK to operate on a non-profit distributing basis.

Backed by Big Society Capital and the Scottish Government, the Social Growth Fund is a response to this need for a different type of funding. The Social Growth Fund offers tailored support and investment for high-impact social enterprises looking to scale offering patient capital loan finance with flexible packages from £100,000 to over £1 million repayable over a maximum term of 13 years.

Impact Highlights for SGF since 2014

29

jobs sustained.

11

jobs created.

75%

would not have gone ahead with SGF investment.

9.25/10

for customer service.

The Investment

We've provided

£4.9m

of loans to support 9 organisations.

Beneficiaries
32%

of SGF beneficiaries live in 15% most deprived areas of Scotland.

The Customer
40%

of SGF customers said:

"We would not be here at all if it weren't for SIS".

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Case Story: Our Power

The key to Our Power’s current and future success is generating sufficient scale that enables it to deliver significant impact across Scotland. However, achieving that scale is often a particularly acute challenge for social enterprises. The third sector is often reliant on funding that does not enable either growth or sustainability. “We could see that there was a failure in the energy market that meant those who could least afford it were paying more for their gas and electricity,” explains Our Power’s CEO, Dawn Muspratt. “And those using pre-payment meters pay one of the most expensive tariffs in the market.”... Read more about this case study