The North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner presented his first award for Social Value to Joy Woods of Galliford Try at the Community Awards Ceremony at the Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon on June 7th 2018.

Galliford Try are the principal contractor for the new police divisional headquarters building under construction in Llay, Wrexham. Joy has admirably demonstrated through her hard work and dedication how this project could support the local economy and the local community.

Joy is the Galliford Try North West Community and Social Responsibility Manager. She has been instrumental in liaising between the contractor, subcontractors and community in providing education, sponsorship, work experience and job creation. Besides ensuring the project was fully immersed within local communities by hosting events and workshops in schools, colleges, universities and with youth justice organisations, Joy has worked with a number of community groups including the Prince’s Trust, Communities for Work, Groundwork, Communities First and Careers Wales.

The efforts of Galliford Try, through Joy during the contract period have ensured a stronger local economy, given work experience and skills to local people and enabled all parts of the local community to benefit from this construction project creating a more prosperous and skilled community.

This is a new category for the Commissioner’s Award Ceremony and comes following the introduction of the ‘Social Value’ policy. In conjunction with Sustainable Supply Chains the commissioner launched the Social Value Wales Social Value Policy in December 2017 when he said “My vision is to lead and work with the North Wales Public sector in embracing social value. It is about building an enhanced and strengthened local economy, creating economic growth, jobs and opportunities for local people” he went on to say “we spend around £30M on consumables and my aim is to use this wherever possible to enhance the wellbeing of communities across North Wales”

Stuart Davies, Director of Sustainable Supply Chains said “Every pound spend locally can generate a greater community good and if the 687,000 people who live in North Wales all spent just £50 a year with local suppliers that would put an extra £34M of income into the local economies” he went on to say “The policy I developed for the OPCC can be the first step towards social reform across North Wales”

A great deal of money is spent in policing each year on consumables. The purpose of the Social Value Policy is to use this buying power wherever possible to enhance the wellbeing of communities across North Wales.

Social Value questions are now being built into commissioning, procurement and grant processes.  In the coming years this will develop and strengthen the local economy. Suppliers bidding for contracts with North Wales Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner can get further help and support with the social value bids here