November 2020

Welcome to the latest edition of the Social Finance newsletter.

In this issue: news on our efforts to build on our diversity and inclusion ambitions, ideas for tackling sick leave, a report on driving better outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disability, and an update on our End of Life Care Integrator.

To begin with, we're pleased to announce a report containing lessons on systems change from a pioneering project to reduce and prevent domestic violence.

Changing Lives, Changing Systems:
Lessons from Reducing and Preventing Domestic Abuse

This report by Social Finance and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales shares learning from practical experience of creating systemic change.

It focuses on Drive, a partnership responding to perpetrators of domestic abuse to keep victims and survivors safe.

Our hope is that the lessons can be applied by other charities, funders and agencies involved in social change on a range of issues.

Read the report

We are Social Finance

We combine social and financial insight to help our partners make a difference to enduring problems – where the outcomes are poor and the costs of failure are high.

Find out more about our work

Diversity & inclusion at Social Finance

At Social Finance we actively seek people with a range of life experiences to join our community because we believe this makes our organisation stronger. Our impact will be greater when our work is shaped by people with lived experience and expertise in the social issues we address. We want to be an organisation where people feel valued, where their voice is heard, and where they are proud of their achievements in driving social change.

But we know we have further to go. In 2020 following the renewed global attention to structural racism, we paused to reflect on our own practice and how Social Finance needs to change.
Read about our diversity & inclusion goals

Recent blogs

Five ambitions for truly valuing diversity

In the first of a series, Social Finance co-founder Toby Eccles reflects on the importance of diversity in fulfilling our mission and improving our impact.

By Toby Eccles

Five ideas for tackling sick leave

Those living with a long term health condition can face lengthy periods of absence from the workplace. Here’s how we can change this.

By Lizan Kawa and Elizabeth Caldwell

How data science transformed services in Southend-on-Sea

The local authority is using data science to provide better services and positively impact the lives of residents.

By Celine Gross

Three ingredients to rapidly develop and scale a tool in times of crisis

Key learnings from our Covid-19 Demand Modelling Tool, built in conjunction with Data to Insight and MHCLG.

By Christopher Owen and Alistair Herbert

Jobs at Social Finance

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

Manager, Health & Employment Partnerships & Impact Incubator

Technical Architect

Data Analyst



SEND Futures Value for Money Feasibility Study

Social Finance conducted research for the Department for Education into the value for money of the £9bn High Needs Budget for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

The government spends £7bn on additional support for children and young people with SEND. Our report looked into how it can achieve greater value for money and drive better outcomes.

Read the report

Invitation to Tender

Social Finance is inviting applications to tailor and deliver the Data Analyst Level 4 apprenticeship course to children’s services data analysts in councils across England.

Find out more

What we're reading

A selection of books & articles that have caught our eye over recent months.

Impact: Reshaping Capitalism to Drive Real Change

The latest book by Social Finance co-founder Sir Ronald Cohen shows how the ‘Impact Revolution’ is bringing solutions to social and environmental challenges.

Councils v Coronavirus: plan beats no plan

Scenario planning offered a very practical way of making sense of Covid’s impact on public services, local economies and communities.

View from the frontline

Chris Owens, manager at the Adult Single Point of Contact team at Neath Port Talbot Council and part of the expert squad project working in partnership with Social Finance, talks about his experience so far.




Helping Major Trauma Patients Return To Work

At least 20,000 people suffer trauma in England each year. Thanks to medical advances, more and more people are surviving. But once someone has left hospital, they need support to reintegrate into the community, including with return to work.

This report, produced by Social Finance and The Black Stork Charity, outlines a model for an early intervention vocational rehabilitation service which embeds employment advisers into major trauma rehabilitation settings.

Read the report



End of Life Care Integrator

In October we celebrated the launch of the Sutton Palliative Care Coordination Hub, a key project for our End of Life Care Integrator (EOLCI).

The Integrator enables health and social care systems to make change happen so that people live and die well. It was established in 2015 by Social Finance. It is funded by the Care and Wellbeing Fund, with investment from Macmillan Cancer Support and Big Society Capital and grant support from The Health Foundation, together with funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.
Learn more about the EOLCI
We hope you enjoyed this newsletter. If you'd like to get in contact about any aspect of our work, please use the contact form on our website.
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