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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


Contradictions of community organising in the Big Society

Friday January 21 2011

Last week, OPM, Turning Point and Catch22 held a seminar hosted by NESTA to mark the launch of their paper, the New Neighbourhood Army: The role of community organising in the Big Society. The event raised a number of interesting contradictions around the role, purpose, nature and potential impacts of community organisers. There was the… Read More

Harmonising Luton

Wednesday January 19 2011

Luton has received a lot of bad press in recent months. It is widely known to be the birthplace of the right-wing street movement – the English Defence League – and the home of some vocal radicals propounding an extreme form of Islam. This has not helped the council and its partners in setting a… Read More

Reducing extremism and intolerance with inter-faith dialogue

Thursday January 6 2011

In September, the Communities and Local Government minister Andrew Stunell said: ‘Inter-faith activity is an important component of the Big Society we want to build, in which people work together for the common good. If we want to live in a truly integrated society, we need opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to come together… Read More