Lights, camera, social action

A South West-based housing association launched a series of short films last night to showcase how it’s creating jobs

A South West-based housing association launched a series of short films last night to showcase how it’s creating jobs, volunteering and work experience opportunities for people in the region.

 One film focuses on a Bristol-based Knightstone resident who has been helped into employment by Knightstone’s dedicated Into Work Team, after three years of unemployment.

 Another showed how the landlord is helping young people from the region to get into work, through its apprenticeship scheme for people aged 18-24.

 Knightstone premiered the films at an event held at its head office on Thursday, which saw over 70 representatives from prominent businesses and the local council in attendance.

The event, called ‘How we create social value’, was all about encouraging Knightstone’s contractors, and other local businesses in North Somerset, to make social value an integral part of the work that they do.

‘Social value’ encourages businesses to implement new ways of working that secure long-term sustainability and, crucially, benefit the wider community, through things like employment opportunities, apprenticeships, work experience and community investment.

Knightstone recently became one of the first organisations in the country to be awarded the Social Value Quality Mark for its social value work.

Speaking on the event, Jane Edmonds, Assistant Director at Knightstone, said: “Our films highlight how social value is helping us to further support our residents and communities by offering employment, work experience and training opportunities.

“As a leader in social value, we hosted this event so our partners and businesses in the region could discover its positive impacts.

“These films demonstrate our continuing investment in people and their communities and we hope we can encourage others to commit to social value – which will, in turn, help to create better futures for those living in the West of England and Somerset.”

To view the films, visit: www.knightstone.co.uk/video-rack

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