By Joshua Robinson –
The latest company to be awarded the national Social Value Quality Mark® is Kirklees-based social enterprise Locala Health and Wellbeing. Locala provides community healthcare services across Kirklees, Calderdale, Bradford, and Greater Manchester.
Locala achieved the Bronze Quality Mark, awarded by Social Value Quality Mark CIC. The Quality Mark recognises distinction in values-led businesses that benefit customers, communities, and the planet. It is one of the most rigorously tested standards of its kind in the UK.
Social value is about the value of good that organisations create in communities and the impact they have on people’s lives. Initiatives from Locala such as the hugely successful Community Fund grants programme, creative volunteering, and employment initiatives, sponsorship of the Kirklees Social Enterprise Competition, and support for local foodbanks are all part of the ongoing commitment to supporting communities and delivering social value.
Karen Jackson, Locala Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that Locala has achieved the Quality Mark. Social value is integral to Locala’s ethos as a social enterprise. We are so proud to be delivering healthcare differently, and with social value for local communities at the heart of that.”
“To gain the Bronze Quality Mark we had to make a series of commitments to create, measure and independently report our social value. Pledges have been made across themes including volunteering, employability, wellbeing and the environment. I am excited about now having a clear focus for generating social value, together with the ability to demonstrate our impact.”
Richard Dickins, Managing Director of Social Value Quality Mark CIC, said: “Through the Quality Mark we cultivate and recognise the highest known standards in values-led business. This award recognises Locala’s outstanding commitment to create, report and embed social value. We are delighted to remain their social value partner as they move through up through the levels.”
About Locala Health and Wellbeing
Locala Health & Wellbeing is a not-for-profit community healthcare provider. They provide a variety of NHS and local authority services to care for and support people of all ages. Their services range from school nurses to district nursing, sexual health, health visitors to physiotherapy, dental care, and podiatry.
Locala Health & Wellbeing aim to provide high quality, value for money care and support people closer to home.
As a social enterprise, any financial surplus is re-invested straight back into supporting patient care.
Locala work closely with GPs, Social Services, other local NHS organisations and Local Authorities to deliver a co-ordinated approach to care and support.
About Social Value Quality Mark®
The Social Value Quality Mark CIC® is an independent Community Interest Company launched in 2015 by the Social Value Business.
The purpose of the mark is to cultivate and recognise the highest known standards in values-led business.
There are 4 levels of accreditation, each acknowledging an increasing level of maturity in the way organisations measure, create and report social value. These were updated in July 2023 to Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, to keep in line with the latest social value policies and practices.
For further information about social value, the award process or the Social Value Quality Mark, please visit www.socialvaluequalitymark.com.