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Definitions
 
Deliver to both public and private sectors, painting, building and maintenance services that are sustainable and customer focused. 
 
Goals
 
Liaise and engage with customers and suppliers and ethically deliver continuous improvements though best practice.
 
Action Areas:
 
  • Best practice and innovation.
  • Modern methods of delivery.
  • Ethical sourcing and procurement.
  • Individual tailored approach.
  • Understand customer and supplier requirements.
  • Engage and support local economies.
17th Dec 2015
Business Class Partnership acknowledged for working in collaboration and making a difference to thousands of pupil’s across Stoke-on-Trent
The Novus Chairman, Stuart Seddon in partnership with Business in the Community have developed an inovative ‘cluster’ of business and school partnerships across Stoke-on-Trent. 8 partnerships have been established with each business committed to a 3 year partnership to support their school partner to improve performance for the benefit of their pupils. Support projects have taken place ranging from strategic advise, to mentoring, to skills projects to volunteer challenges to improve school facilities; and in 2014/15 the businesses in the Cluster volunteered 1718 hours supporting 3065 pupils helping improving academic achievement and increase students employability.
17th Dec 2015
Stafford and Rural Homes acknowledged for working as a team to help change lives
Novus have been working in partnership with Stafford and Rural Homes to improve the aesthetics of the housing stock and enhance the street scene. Not only did this refurbishment make a difference to the residents’ quality of life, but both Novus and SARH demonstrated excellent team work to deliver one of their largest refurbishment projects. Numerous community projects were also supported from hosting Prince’s Trust work placements; community events; and sponsoring the annual resident garden competition.
17th Dec 2015
Trent and Dove Housing acknowledged for empowering the local community through the refurbishment of a social enterprise café
Novus, in partnership with Trent and Dove Housing, continually support local community initiatives, from sponsoring their Community Impact Awards to supporting community fun days to raising money for local charities. One project in-particular that the Novus team in Burton are very proud is the refurbishment of a social enterprise café. This café is run by a group of mothers with all proceeds from the scheme being reinvested back into community activities, so a very worthy cause.
17th Dec 2015
Home Group acknowledged for changing lives through providing employment and skills development opportunities
Novus Scotland, in partnership with Home Group have provided 13 young people with employment during 2015 - that’s more than any other Novus contract. To help identify the young people in most need of an employment, opportunity partnerships have been developed with a number of education and training organisations (B.L.E.S.S Training is a social enterprise and West Lothian College being two key partners). Recently a resident DIY Skills Development workshop was also organised by Novus and Home at community centre in Castlemilk, Glasgow, offering employment and skills development opportunities to customers.
17th Dec 2015
Wrexham County Borough Council acknowledged for transforming a run down Community Centre into a inspiring venue
The team from our Wrexham office, together with Wrexham County Borough Council, enlisted the help of residents to transform the Pentre Gwyn Community Centre. Novus enlisted the help of volunteers from the local community including the Youth Justice Service, local youth club and local supply chain (even current Welsh international, Christian Roberts) to totally transform a run down community centre. Extensive improvements were made, creating a modern facility that the local community can be proud of.
17th Dec 2015
University of Manchester acknowledged for changing the lives of local unemployed people
The Novus University of Manchester Contract team have been partnering with The Works Manchester, supporting local people to find jobs, develop skills and access training. Hamid was the first trainee to take part in the work place programme, working with the Novus team for a week, won day-to-day repairs such as plumbing and joinery. Through out 2015 a number of activities have taken place ranging from, one week work placements taking place every 8 weeks, to Health and Safety training to help individuals achieve CSCS, and Novus have redecorated sections of the works Training Centre.
17th Dec 2015
Places for People acknowledged for changing the lives of homeless service users
Novus' most ambitious social value strategy has seen us deliver over 40 social value projects during 2015 through the Places for People partnership, with one special project standing out. Novus was the lead partner helping transform a homeless support centre in Bristol. Over the course of a week period, over 20 Novus volunteers helped transform a communal room into a social enterprise café that now acts as an important socialising, meeting, skills development and well-being hub which plays a key role in helping the service users rebuild their lives.
17th Dec 2015
Devon and Cornwall Housing acknowledged for transforming a disused building into a Community Centre
While working in the Foxfield area through the DCH partnership, local residents asked if Novus could help them transform a disused building into a community centre. Novus volunteers helped refurbish the building allowing it to open to the local community and as a result numerous activities now take place week in and week out from; I.T Courses, to Youth Club, to movie nights. This is just one of many Changing Lives projects that have taken place through DCH ranging from a community clean up, through to supporting a local school with the purchasing of new exercise books.
17th Dec 2015
Poole Housing Partnership acknowledged for changing the lives of a vulnerable family
While working in a PHP property the Novus team discovered that the Grandparents of a baby lost his mum during childbirth, the grandparents are supporting the father to look after the baby but due to this difficult period had not had the chance to create a room for the baby when they stay over. The Novus team wanted to help, and as a result, refurbished the spare bedroom into a nursery and even donated a cot, bedding and toys. This is just one of many Changing Lives projects that have taken place within the Poole Housing Partnership during 2015, with projects ranging from a Sheltered Housing Garden makeover to improving a school playground to holding energy saving advice talks to residents.

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