Compaid publishes new Social Impact Report

Kent based disability charity Compaid has today published its second Social Impact Report, showing how the charity’s services are helping disabled and other vulnerable people to overcome social, digital and economic exclusion.

The charity, which provides digital skills training and accessible transport for disabled people across Kent, used reporting methodology developed by social enterprise consultancy Baxendale to produce the report.

Among its findings, more than 78% of Compaid’s service users reported a reduction in their feelings of loneliness and isolation, while 71% felt more independent and 77% of service users had improved access to local services and activities.

Computer skills training helped 50% of respondents to improve their awareness of online safety, and 24% reported making savings by purchasing goods and services online. Savings were also made by 53% of Compaid’s transport passengers, who were able to access local shops and supermarkets.

Compaid’s services are delivered by a dedicated team of staff supported by a network of more than 45 regular volunteers. The report calculates that over 9,500 hours were volunteered last year, at a value of over £75,000.

Stephen Elsden, Chief Executive at Compaid said: “This second Social Impact Report shows that the services delivered by our staff and volunteers are making a real difference to people’s lives. With growing awareness of the barriers of social exclusion and isolation, it is essential that local commissioners and funders understand the real value of organisations like Compaid. We are working with new partners almost every month to extend our services, and we would be delighted to hear from anyone who can support our vital work.”

More information and a copy of the new Social Impact Report can be found here.