How are we doing?
During 2018/19 our social return on investment (SROI) for the projects we undertook through the Aster Foundation was an impressive £692,218k (HACT SROI calculator).
Since 2015 we have helped 295 customers to find employment, supported 74 customers into volunteering opportunities, secured 49 work placements within Aster or our partners and provided work training and support for 413 customers. We have also helped 160 customers receive government recognised qualifications and supported 595 customers to improve their digital skills.
Aster won the TPAS national award in the employment, skills and training category in 2016 with its project B-Roads and was shortlisted again in 2018 with our ASpect project. The Aspect project was a ground breaking national first data sharing agreement with the Department for Work and Pensions to help develop and support customers gain employment.
In the three years since we introduced match funding to the business our colleagues have raised over £91,000 for charities with the group contributing over £50,000. During 2018/19 the group match funded £10,000 to a wide range of different causes, from large team efforts for Alzheimer Society’s Trek 26 marathon walk around Stonehenge and MIND Charity’s RED January, to groupwide charity support and fundraising for Children in Need and Save the Children.
In addition, as part of our broader commitment to give something back, we also chose Cancer Research UK as our ‘Charity of the Year’.
Our volunteering scheme has seen colleagues dedicate 112 days to activities in local communities and we were awarded the Community Award for Volunteering by Dorset Volunteer Centre.
Economic development report
To calculate the true economic impact of our activities, we’ve worked with market analysis consultant, Development Economics Ltd, to review our work during the financial year 2017/18 to measure the success of our strategy to build new homes and provide vital services to our communities.
Here’s some of the headlines:
- We contribute £210 million to the economy
- Our economic impact is proportionally much higher (10 per cent) than the rest of our sector (which includes private sector landlords, management firms, local authorities and housing associations)
- We provide 3,333 jobs across the construction and management of homes in the South