The MRWA Community Fund, Merseyside UK

The Merseyside Regional Waste Authority (MRWA) operate a community fund annually that donates a share of £115,000 to a number of organisations across Merseyside. Fund recipients consisted of charities and third sector bodies working with vulnerable groups including disabled children, women’s groups, and the homeless.

RealWorth carried out two Social Value studies into the impact that Merseyside Regional Waste Authority’s Community Fund had on participants and beneficiaries.

Our studies measured and reported on the social value created by outcomes related to education and training, crime, health, wellbeing, and the environment.

The studies covered initiatives that ran between 2016 and 2018 and identified the social value generated by outcomes that included crime, health, environment (including waste and carbon), education and training, employment, wellbeing, and stakeholder financial savings. The work used information obtained from interviews with community groups who were asked to provide details about how both participants’ and beneficiaries’ lives were affected by the Community Fund.

RealWorth prepared a Social Value report with recommendations on how to implement an in-house social value monitoring and evaluation framework in subsequent years. This advice included the production of a social value handbook.

"I was very pleased with the high-quality service provided by RealWorth taking the Authority through a new area of work for us. They responded to our requirements in an effective and friendly manner and delivered the project on time and to budget. You can't ask more than that."

Stuart DonaldsonWaste Strategy Manager
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