A CONFERENCE involving many of Thurrock Council’s housing partners looked into how the community as a whole could benefit from the relationship.
The event, on Tuesday (13 October), at High House Production Park in Purfleet, heard from housing portfolio holder, Cllr Lynn Worrall, who explained: “The main aim here is to work out how the council and our partners can best work together for the benefit of local people.”
Entitled Social Value Deliverables Workshop, the afternoon-long session included presentations, discussions and group working and saw contractors, professional consultants, supply chain partners, several public sector organisations and voluntary groups taking part.
It included LHC, an organisation which provides public sector procurement solutions for the construction, refurbishment and maintenance of social housing, schools and other public buildings. The organisation also presented the council with a cheque for over Â£200,000, a rebate associated with a strategic procurement the council undertook.
Cllr Worrall said: “With us this afternoon are some of the 27 apprentices whose jobs have already been created by this team … but we want more and what’s particularly good is to see the Prince’s Trust fully involved and here this afternoon.
“We have also created or saved at least 120 jobs and supported 69 local people through “pathway” programmes which led to a job or further training for over half of them.
“And working with our six partners providing support for local people and communities we have ensured Â£10 million has been spent here in Thurrock; money that will continue to work its way around the borough.”
She concluded: “I am confident that working together we will be able to create 100 apprenticeships; we will be able to create and save between 200 and 300 jobs; well over 300 local people will have been through the pathway programmes and two thirds of them will get a job or further training.
“There will also be new initiatives specifically for local people in need and the amount of money spent locally and boosting the Thurrock economy will reach Â£30 million with at least a fifth of the supply chain and a third of the sub-contractors registered here.
“We are all committed to developing and drawing on our strengths to effect real positive change in our communities.”