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Corporate Responsibility at OPM Group: our Commitment to Communities

Friday June 30 2017

At OPM Group, our Corporate Responsibility work engages with 4 main areas: Our business-based social purpose Our neighbours & local communities Environmental sustainability Employee engagement and organisational diversity We believe that for corporate responsibility work to benefit communities, it needs to be ongoing, community-driven, and transparent. As a Living Wage Employer whose social purpose is… Read More

OPM Group is part of an exciting three year project to develop connected driverless vehicles in the UK for an ageing society

Tuesday June 6 2017

FLOURISH is a three year government funded project which aims to advance the successful implementation of connected driverless vehicles in the UK. The project is worth 5.5 million and is being delivered by a multi-sector consortium.   It is anticipated that older adults with ageing-related impairments and people with mobility needs will be particular beneficiaries… Read More

Social Impact Bonds and their implications for service providers

Friday May 12 2017

During my recent visit to Japan, I heard about the early steps taken in the Yokohama City Social Impact Bond (SIB) pilot. I was struck by how radical the idea of outcomes-based commissioning and delivery is in Japan. The current interest in SIBs in Japan can be seen as an attempt to refocus public services… Read More

Comment

Why access to English language education could be a major barrier to integration

Monday November 15 2010

The Conservative Party, prior to entering a coalition government, was clear that it wanted a new approach to community cohesion: one that was underpinned by the notion of integration. In a repudiation of core tenets of multi-culturalism, the party promised a national strategy on integration that focuses on bringing people together around ‘shared values’ and… Read More

How can the Big Society work in a risk-averse culture?

Monday November 8 2010

Twice in the last week I’ve overheard conversations about Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks. The first time was last Sunday at a football match. In the row behind me, a middle-aged man told a story about how his CRB returned with a conviction after applying to volunteer at a primary school. The reason: drunk in… Read More

‘Doing’ deliberation online: Participatory budgeting and multi-media approaches

Friday November 5 2010

Richard Wilson is right to claim that participatory budgeting (PB) offers a chance for local people to have a genuine say into funding decisions in their local area. But, in the age of Big Society there needs to be a readiness to test and refine online approaches as part of a multi-method approach to engagement… Read More