Recycling Lives reports record social value impact

Recycling Lives has delivered record social value results for the fourth year running.

By rehabilitating offenders, supporting homeless men into independence and redistributing food to feed communities, our programmes are changing lives.

Now we’ve published our latest Social Value Report, sharing the stories of men, women and communities supported by our social programmes as well as the savings created for the taxpayer and communities, totalling £11m in 2018/19.

Alasdair Jackson, chief executive of Recycling Lives Charity, said: “We’re proud to have delivered these unrivalled results once again, not only for the savings created for society but for the huge impact this has for men, women, families and communities. We are grateful to all our partners who have helped to make this possible, from prisons and charities to commercial clients, but above all we are incredibly proud of our team and the people they support."

Rehabilitating offenders
Our HMP Academies – 12 recycling and fabrication workshops employing 250 men and women at a time in prisons across the UK – continue to support ex-offenders into work and housing to reduce reoffending. Of the 96 men and women released from prison, 96% were rehabilitated and did not reoffend while 84% were supported into employment in 2018/19. By reducing need for prison places this created £7.4m in savings for central government.

Supporting homeless men
Our residential facility supports homeless men into independence, offering stable, supported accommodation and work placements and training. It supported dozens more men in 2018/19, helping them into meaningful work and stable housing, reducing need for benefit payments and creating savings for local government worth £73,000.

Redistributing food
Our Food Redistribution Centre takes surplus, in-date food and goods from supermarkets and redistributes it to charities and communities to reduce food waste and tackle food poverty. By redistributing 1,000,000 meals in 2018/19 it allowed hundreds of charitable groups and thousands of individuals to save £3.5m on their food costs.

These savings are calculated by a Social Return On Investment (SROI) practitioner using national and government metrics around the cost of reoffending, the cost of welfare dependency and the benefits of food redistribution membership. 

To read the Social Value Report in full, click here: