Social value report 2018

Social Value Report

Changing the way business is done

We use our commercial services to support and sustain charitable programmes which rehabilitate offenders, support homeless men to regain their independence and deliver food to vulnerable communities – all changing the lives of families and communities, and creating social value worth millions through savings to society.

We’ve created £9.3m in social value since 2015 – £4.1m in 2015/16 and £5.2m in 2016/17.

Click here to learn more, or download our latest Social Value Report to see how we’re changing lives.

The Impact of our partnerships

Our work is doing more than just changing lives for individuals, families and communities - between 2015 and 2017 it has created huge savings for society by reducing costs to the taxpayer and creating social value worth millions of pounds.

In the last 24 months

  • 18 individuals supported into independent living
  • + 73 ex-offenders rehabilitated
    and supported into work
  • + 1,228,902 meals delivered across
    Lancashire & Cumbria
  • = £9.3m reported Social Value -
    created through savings to society

Recycling Lives’ Food Redistribution

Our Food Redistribution Centre redistributes surplus food and goods from supermarkets and suppliers, to charities and community groups who ensure the food goes to those who need it most.

The Centre is diverting waste from landfill, and helping charitable groups to tackle food poverty and reduce their running costs. The food supplied is quality and in-date and is used by the likes of breakfast clubs, community cafes, homeless shelters and hospices.

The Centre is the Lancashire and Cumbria regional centre for national charity FareShare.


Recycling Lives’ HMP Academies

Our HMP Academies and Release Potential programmes are reducing reoffending rates. We offer opportunities for offenders to undertake training and work while in prison and move into jobs upon release.

Operational in 11 prisons, our HMP Academies are creating opportunities for 200 men and women to work on recycling or fabrication processes; earning an enhanced wage, achieving qualifications and developing skills and confidence.

Our Release Potential programme supports offenders approved for day release to undertake work ahead of release, building their confidence and work-ethic so that they can find full-time work and re-build their lives after release.


Recycling Lives’ Residential Charity

Our purpose-built facilities offer stable accommodation from which men, who were homeless and often have histories of offending, can regain their independence.

Undertaking a structured Six Stage programme, Residents complete training and work placements, and have intensive personal support to develop skills and confidence – all with a view to moving into work and their own homes.