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CHIP Launch – Round Table Discussion

13/09/2022 @ 10:00 AM 2:00 PM

Launching CHIP Communities & Housing Investment in People

Community investment and delivering social value are core to CHIC’s objectives. Part of CHIC’s business strategy is to make our Social Value contributions clearer. So, this year we established a new charity – CHIP – to manage these activities.

CHIP works proactively with contractors and suppliers to ensure that all contractual obligations are achieved and it commissions and monitor Local Employment Groups and other voluntary sector organisations to create and support employment opportunities for people who are disadvantaged and distant from the workplace.

CHIP will also manage a rolling programme of small Community Chest grants for members, by inviting, evaluating and monitoring outcomes for projects where grant funding will enable local groups of residents and community stakeholders to secure meaningful improvements to community wellbeing and social value.

This charity will be officially launched at a round table discussion and networking lunch. The round table will focus on what our stakeholders might want CHIP to deliver in the short, medium and long term. This will be followed by a lunch, at which CHIC’s chair will outline the consortiums expectations and introduce the new CHIP Chair and Trustees.

AGENDA

09:30 – 10:00 ARRIVALS & COFFEE

10:00 – 10:10 WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS – MAGGIE PUNYER

10:10 – 10:30 CHIC’S SOCIAL VALUE STRATEGY & OBJECTIVES – JOHN FISHER

10:30 – 10:40 LAUNCH OF CHIP – TRACEY O’BRIEN, EMMA MACAULAY

10:40 – 10:50 CHIP GRADUATE TRAINEE – MY PROGRAMME – NIK ADI

10:50 – 11:05 CHIP & LOCAL EMPLOYMENT GROUPS – CEO JERICHO FOUNDATION

11:05 – 11:15 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS – SETTING CHIP’s AGENDA – JOHN FISHER

11:15 – 11:30 COFFEE

11:30 – 12:15 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS – TABLE SPECIFIC TOPICS

12:15 – 12:45 FEEDBACK FROM DISCUSSIONS – EMMA MACAULAY

12:45 – 13:00 OPEN FORUM AND CONCLUSIONS – TRACEY O’BRIEN

13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH

TABLE QUESTIONS

There will be five round table discussions, centred around CHIP’s objectives, each chaired by a CHIP Trustee:

  1. SECURING CONTRACTUAL APPRETICESHIP AND TRAINING OUTCOMES

CHIC procured higher value contracts include requirements for contractors and suppliers to deliver apprenticeships. Are these set at the right level (one per £1m spend per annum)? And how should CHIP’s Social Value Manager work with these organisations to ensure social value outcomes are maximised for CHIC’s members communities?

  1. SUPPORTING LEGs’ TO GET PEOPLE INTO WORK

CHIP aims to support 30+ people each year into sustainable employment, where previously distant from the workplace. CHIP will provide grants to local employment groups to find and support these people into work. Is this approach the most effective use of CHIP’s resources? Is there more we can do connecting CHIC’s supply chain to CHIP’s LEGs’? How do we spread the outcomes geographically, to support the communities of CHIC’s members?

  1. CHIP’s COMMUNITY CHEST

Part of CHIP’s annual funding is to be dedicated to a new Community Chest. In 2022/23 this is £30k. What criteria do we set for qualifying bids to the fund (type of project, community benefits, revenue vs capital, match funding, applicant status etc.)? How do we then determine priorities, allocate funds and release grants?

  1. ANNUAL AWARDS FOR ACHIEVEMENT

CHIC has presented annual awards for apprentices and trainees from members and the supply chain, to those who have achieved most in their role. Recipients receive a trophy and voucher and, importantly, recognition of their achievements. Now CHIP has a responsibility for these awards, how will they be focussed and promoted to give maximum opportunity to apprentices and trainees to be recognised for their individual achievements? How many awards should we present and what should they be for?

  1. ADDED SOCIAL VALUE

CHIP will receive dedicated funds annually from CHIC to fund the defined outcomes around contractual commitments, LEGs’ and the Community Chest. What else can CHIP do to enhance the social value benefits that it secures and delivers? Are there reasonable targets around securing additional funds and providing added value?

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