October 10th, 2017

Hertfordshire Independent Living Service celebrates growing impact of its work, thanks to SBT support

Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) is celebrating the milestone of over one million caring interventions delivered to vulnerable, elderly, and disabled people since it began working with Social Business Trust (SBT) two years ago.

From small beginnings in 2007, with seven members of staff delivering meals on wheels to people in their homes, HILS now employs around 200 staff and offers a variety of independent living services to older and vulnerable people. These include meal delivery, health and wellbeing, and community services.

Since 2015, SBT has given HILS cash and in-kind assistance worth over half a million pounds to help the social enterprise grow.  Delivery of that support has been overseen by HILS’ SBT Investment Director, David Alexander, UK Contract Solutions Director at British Gas’s parent company, Centrica,

Business support, including a strategy review and help to strengthen governance, has come from Bain & Company, British Gas, Clifford Chance, EY, IBM and Thomson Reuters.

A cash grant enabled HILS to recruit a senior finance post to lead development of management information and performance data.  SBT has also given HILS support in 2017 to launch a pioneering hot meals service in London: London Independent Living Service (LILS).

Sarah Wren MBE, CEO of HILS, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the milestone of over one million interventions since our partnership with SBT began. It is great to work with an organisation that is as passionate about creating positive social change as we are. We are looking forward to many more years of working together to support the people of Hertfordshire, London, and beyond.”

Adele Blakebrough MBE, CEO of SBT, said: “We’re proud to be working with HILS and it’s great to see the difference our business partners are making. Ultimately their expertise is helping thousands of elderly and disabled people live independently in their homes.”

A social return on investment study conducted in 2012 revealed that for just £1 invested, HILS’ meals on wheels service generates £5.28 in social value.