Renfrewshire Council’s approach to maximising delivery of community benefit opportunities has led to the establishment of Renfrewshire’s Community Benefit Forum (CBF). A strong working relationship has been developed with members of the CBF consisting of officers from Council’s Economic Development, Employability Team, Children’s Services, and Engage Renfrewshire the Third Sector Interface continue to support the delivery and achievement of community benefits, by identifying specific needs and supporting contractors in delivery of their obligations. Renfrewshire Council’s partnership approach has been illustrated as an example of good practice shared across the different local authorities and used in the Scottish Futures Trust Community Benefit Toolkit for Construction.
Regular meetings with suppliers and the support provided by colleagues from Council’s Economic Development Team has led to successful delivery and achievement of employment opportunities by recruiting Modern Apprenticeships, graduates and unemployed individuals.
A range of benefits contributing to Curriculum for Excellence is being achieved with suppliers engaging with schools to deliver work experience for 14 to 16 year olds, input at industry awareness days, career events and school mentoring and workplace visits.
A range of individuals within suppliers’ organisation are being provided with opportunities to enhance personal and professional development, this includes successful completion of SVQs in Security Technical course, Food Safety in Catering, Management of Allergens, Bakery Production, Excavation and Re-instatement.
Additional benefits that have been achieved include financial support to charitable organisations such as St Vincent Hospice, building a sensory garden in Johnston, supply of free compost, providing play equipment, construction and installation of benches in Renfrewshire.
Renfrewshire Council’s approach to community benefits has been recognised nationally with GO Awards finalist status.