The East Sussex Social Value Marketplace, a project between local authority partnership Orbis and East Sussex County Council’s Public Health team, was named Social Innovation of the year at January’s National Social Value Awards.
The marketplace allows Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations working in communities to post requests for help on an online platform, which can be considered by businesses or organisations.
It also provides the opportunity for public sector suppliers and local business to share resources with communities and create social value by posting offers of support or responding to requests for help.
Cllr Nick Bennett, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for resources said: “The East Sussex Social Value Marketplace has involved a great deal of work with partners in the voluntary sector, NHS, district and borough councils, Public Health and representatives from the business community.”
“The result is the development of an online platform which supports the fantastic work of our local charities, enhances the lives of our residents and encourages people to contribute to their community.”
The first to benefit from the launch of the Social Value marketplace was Sussex Community Development Association Advice and Inclusion who took up an offer of a food donation from East Sussex County Council’s procurement team
A spokesman from the organisation said: “As a very busy foodbank at what is a difficult time of year for many, this donation was very gratefully received and delivered to our door. A very big thank you to everyone who donated, and those who organised and delivered the donations.”
VCSEs and businesses can find out more and sign up at https://socialvalue.supplytoeastsussex.co.uk/about/