Together for Social Value

What we all said at the "Together for Social Value" event in Maidstone, Kent on 10th Feb 2016 - an event hosted by Skillnet Group, Kent County Council and funded by the Cabinet Office looking at how to "get, dream and do" social value.


  1. Skillnet and Kent County Council won one of 8 bids to deliver a Cabinet Office funded project to help public service commissioners improve how they measure their social, economic and environmental impact as part of the Social Value Act. We particularly wanted to look at how this relates to social care commissioning.
  2. Skillnet and other local voluntary sector organisations spent some time together co-producing a Social Value Framework - some guidance for council staff and a useful reference for any providers looking deliver social value.
  3. We set up a co-production event called "Together for Social Value" which took place on 10th February 2016. It was amazing! People working for voluntary sectory, social enterprise, private sector and county council organisations came together with Kent residents who felt the impact of social value initiatives. Powerful stuff which focussed on how to "get, dream and do" social value. The aim was to test out the vision and principles for social value in Kent and how commissioners and providers should work together to make it happen.
  4. We'd decided to use the #SVKent hashtag on Twitter to capture other thoughts too....
  5. Even before the event, Skillnet were on the look out for mentions of social value. Back of a bus....
  6. And so the day got going..... everyone was asked "Who's made the biggest difference to you in the last 24 hours?". We turned to the person next to us and told our stories. Somebody shared theirs with the audience, a hearwarming story of how the Compaid scheme helps her to get into Maidstone town centre, keeps her active and healthy.
  7. We all found out what social value is all about.....
  8. Graham Gibbens, the Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health spoke passionately about his own experiences of social value, how he and his family have contributed over the years, both in Kent and in Brighton.