Partners discuss Social Value programme for Gravity
Plans for Gravity to collaborate with two educational charities as part of its social value programme were shared at the project’s latest Delivery Group meeting on 24 March.
Gravity’s social value programme is part of our commitment to create lasting benefits for the communities where we are based. Social value refers to the positive difference we are making locally.
Bounce Forward, a charity dedicated to teaching young people resilience as a life skill, and the Ministry of Building Innovation and Education (MOBIE), which aims to inspire young people to rethink the way we design and build homes, will work with Gravity to engage local young people with the project.
The Delivery Group, which includes local and national partners, has been set up to facilitate the delivery of Gravity as an Enterprise Zone and the UK’s first smart campus and community. The group is meeting regularly as Gravity progresses with fresh plans to create 4,000 jobs and attract international investment into the UK at the site between the villages of Puriton and Woolavington.
Bounce Forward and MOBIE both gave presentations explaining how their aims align with Gravity’s vision of inspiring young people to get involved in shaping the places they live. Claire Pearce, Director of Planning and Economic Development at Gravity, said the charities’ collaboration with Gravity underlined ‘the project’s genuine commitment to creating social value and working with individuals to build skills, raise ambitions, and showcase training and career opportunities’.
A healthy and inclusive community
Other matters discussed at the session included emerging plans for how the site will integrate with its surrounding natural environment, ensuring that the people who live and work here, as well as the local communities, have access to green space. Being a ‘healthy place’ that supports people’s wellbeing is a key part of Gravity’s vision.
Progress to build the new link road, which is nearing completion, the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment and development of low carbon infrastructure and energy strategies for Gravity were also presented.
Gravity will hold a third webinar on the subject of kickstarting a green recovery on 21 April, which is open to all members of the community and local businesses. Anyone who’s interested in joining us, and feeding in your ideas about how Gravity can support the UK’s shift towards a zero-carbon economy, can register here.
You can download the slides that were shared at the last Delivery Group meeting here.