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"To maximise our role as a
service provider, employer, purchaser, community member, partner and investor
to improve the health and well-being of the communities in which we work"
principle for ACE is our Social Mission. We aim to achieve considerable
social impact in the communities which we serve. ACE’s Social Impact Plan
supports the achievement of our Social Mission. The Plan comprises four
elements, each of which are agreed with input of ACE shareholders and
Element 1 - Investment through the Social Impact Fund (SIF)
The Social Impact Fund is a
ring-fenced proportion of ACE’s annual surpluses which are identified to
support each element of the Social Impact Plan, including investment directed
to Anglian Community Trust to support community schemes.
For examples of ACT
funding projects - click 'here'
Element 2 – Corporate Volunteering
ACE’s Corporate Volunteering Strategy
was developed and launched in 2013/14, with the input of staff and key
stakeholders such as the local community voluntary organisations and Volunteer
Centres. The Strategy supports local community organisations to gain new skills
and knowledge from ACE staff, at the same time as enabling ACE’s staff to
develop and enhance their skills in areas such as communication, problem
solving, decision making, leadership and team working in often challenging
Each shareholder member of staff can
be allocated up to one day per year (7.5 hours) to volunteer with local organisations
in the geographical area served by ACE.
In House Expertise
in house expertise from our own staff into Voluntary or Third Sector
organisations which support our social goals and using the resultant resource
to back fill those staff, for example, provision of training.
Element 3 - Career opportunities for both new entrants and those returning
ACE is keen to work with local
educational establishments in the community to develop career opportunities for
both new entrants to employment and those who are returning to
employment. This will also include supporting schools and colleges
with opportunities for work experience in the organisation.
ACE also participates in a recognised ‘Return to Professional Practice’
academic programme for registered nurses returning to practice through the
Nursing and Midwifery Council, this programme is designed to re-register nurses
who have a lapsed registration.
Element 4 - Doing business with local firms so we maximise the
sustainability of the local economy.
into account its objective as a social enterprise to support other local
organisations where it does not detrimentally affect the quality of services
provided or the cost of those services to the commissioner.
When identifying the organisations who may be asked to submit quotations, ACE
will recognise this commitment to support small or medium size enterprises
within the local community.