GROW Strategies

The four GROW strategies are integrated and complementary

We know that complex problems, like entrenched disadvantage, require responses which are multi-sectoral and involve multiple stakeholders.

The GROW strategies are:

Buy locally and socially

What is Social Procurement? Social Procurement means choosing to buy goods and services that contribute to our local community, as well as meeting business needs – getting social value for money. Buying LOCAL – supporting local businesses and suppliers, to create prosperity and jobs. Buying SOCIAL – working with Social Enterprises or local businesses and...

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Invest in communities

What is Impact Investment? GROW will encourage investment opportunities for small and medium sized businesses, and foster entrepreneurship in target communities. The aim is to help businesses to thrive and grow, for local job creation. Identifying and attracting investment into social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations, who focus on creating accessible job pathways, is another key...

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Match job seekers with employer needs

What is Demand Led Employment Brokerage? Demand-led Employment Brokerage links employers and job seekers. It starts by identifying the specific workforce needs of employers, and then ensures that job seekers are appropriately assessed, trained and supported to meet those needs. GROW will support existing programs to ensure job seekers from target communities will be provided access...

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Track and share progress

What is a Shared Measurement Framework? The success of GROW will only be known if there is a culture and commitment to measurement across partners and supporters – a shared measurement framework. Results of GROW are made public through the Regional Dashboard so that all stakeholders can see that real change is happening, to track...

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Collaborate and coordinate

What is Collective Impact? Collective Impact was first introduced in the US through leading Stanford University Professors John Kania and Mark Kramer in 2011: “Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, not the isolated intervention of individual organisations.” Collective Impact provides a framework for collaboration and integrated effort, including shared and accountable measurement. GROW has...

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