A new practical resource that supports the delivery of social value in the commissioning of social care has been developed by the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG).
The group, which represents over 80 voluntary sector and not-for-profit disability and care organisations, has introduced ‘VODG Social Value Toolkit’ in a bid to promote increased cooperation between social care commissioners and providers.
The guidance has been created in response to the fact that while there are resources to support commissioners to implement the Social Value Act, less guidance exists for social care providers.
Dr. Rhidian Hughes, chief executive at VODG said: “We need to use existing legislation to lever better outcomes through the commissioning of services. We have found that while there is a wealth of guidance for commissioners on the implementation of the Social Value Act there is far less for providers.
“The VODG Social Value Toolkit provides a new resource to assist voluntary organisations to better articulate their added value. It offers practical examples of how the sector is making a huge difference to the lives of disabled people and the communities in which they live.”
The new toolkit reflects an approach to commissioning which creates maximum value for money from public spending by realising additional benefits from providers – at no extra cost to the public purse.
Access the toolkit here