Compaid publishes first Social Impact Report

Compaid has today published its first ever Social Impact Report, detailing 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, worked with social enterprise consultancy Baxendale to produce the report. This work was funded through the Office of Civil Society’s Local Sustainability Fund.

Among its findings, more than 70% of Compaid’s service users reported a reduction in their feelings of loneliness and isolation, while 78% felt more independent and 76% of service users had improved access to local services and activities.

Computer training helped 86% of respondents to improve their awareness of online safety, and 64% reported making savings by purchasing goods and services online. Savings were also made by 51% 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 40 regular volunteers. The report calculates that almost 10,000 hours were volunteered last year, at a value of over £80,000.

Stephen Elsden, Chief Executive at Compaid said: “Everyone involved with Compaid understands the difference we make to people’s lives every day. This Social Impact Report provides clear evidence of that difference, and shows the value our services make to individuals, communities and society at large. We can now build on this success to help improve the lives of even more disabled people in Kent.”

A copy of the Social Impact Report can be downloaded here.