About Us

3SC’s vision is of the third sector delivering an increasing share of public services and a greater amount of social impact. The principal activity of 3SC has been the management of public service contracts. We are now adding to our business the provision of other services, all of which have a clear social impact and will help grow 3SC for the future. The aim is to create a more diverse offer: one that embraces a much wider range of services, solutions and systems and then utilises the creativity and collaborative and complementary style of working that underpins the 3SC model.

3SC manages and wins contracts on behalf of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations. The delivery of public services is a difficult and competitive marketplace, dominated by large commercial organisations that can lack the person-centred and inclusive approach to public services that the VCSE sector excels at delivering. 3SC gives these VCSE organisations a chance to compete for, and ultimately deliver, such contracts.

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We have built supply chains and worked with more than 550 different delivery organisations across 16 programmes in the welfare to work/employment, young people, criminal justice, and disabilities’ arenas.

3SC has supported and enabled the VCSE sector to access more than £62 million since its inceptionthrough our directly delivered contracts and Transforming Rehabilitation activities. In 2016-2017 alone we supported our supply chains to access in excess of £7 million.

We believe that the needs of people using public services – especially those who are hardest to reach – are best met by experienced, local, passionate and mission-driven organisations.

With your help, we can support more of those organisations.

What we do
Executive committee

Our Executive Committee brings together the leadership of 3SC and those organisations with which it is formally collaborating. It considers the strategic direction of the alliance; how we can leverage each other’s expertise; reviews investment decisions; and identifies new organisations with which to collaborate.

Equality and diversity

3SC is committed to providing equal opportunities in recruitment, selection, employment and in services relating to our stakeholders. 

work with us

If you want to register to provide your services as part of our supply chains; need help securing access to finance for socially responsible projects; if you want to invest for a better society; or if you need expert consultants to assist you in any aspect of your business – please contact us.

Privacy policy

This privacy policy sets out how 3SC uses and protects any information that you give to us when you use this website.

our board

As a social enterprise delivering government contracts through specialist supply chains, 3SC’s Board is made up of experts in its different markets. Given its UK-wide reach, and reputation for delivering excellent contract performance, the Board is committed to growing capacity to deliver even more social impact.

quality management and accreditation

3SC puts the service user at the centre of everything it does within a culture of ‘getting it right first time’ and customer service excellence. More information about quality management and accreditation.

vacancies

If you want to join a growing social impact organisation, check our current vacancies.

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What we do

Youth

Young people are tomorrow’s social seedlings. 3SC works with our VCSE supply chain organisations to ensure that young people have a better start in life, and access to opportunities to help them achieve a brighter future.
Read more about our work in the youth sector…

Disability

3SC and our partners deliver services tailored to those living with physical and mental health conditions and disabilities to ensure inclusivity, diversity and full participation in all aspects of society.
Read more about our work in the disability sector…

Employment

3SC and our partner organisations deliver targeted programmes to support individuals facing many different kinds of barriers to find employment.
Read more about our work in the employment sector…

transforming rehabilitation

3SC manages a supply chain dedicated to reducing re-offending, and enabling and supporting offenders to integrate and contribute to society in a positive way.
Read more about our work in the transforming rehabilitation sector…

Partnerships with purpose

What people say about us

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“3SC is robust and disciplined and leads the way. It has helped smaller providers to win contracts that they may well not have won.”

Rosie Goodwin: Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company
john lynch, royal national college for the blind

“Our experience as one of 3SC’s Delivery Organisations meant we didn’t hesitate to choose them as our sub-contractors when we successfully bid for the DWP SES contract. They are responsive, customer-led partners.”

John Lynch: Royal National College for the Blind
Charlotte Slinger, Hampshire Cultural Trust

“Thanks to 3SC we are well supported to deliver a clear and realistic programme. Working with 3SC has really embedded good practice and robust systems. They have been very supportive and set out clear expectations during the due diligence, contract negotiations and on-going monitoring.”

Charlotte Slinger: Hampshire Cultural Trust
JENNY JENKINSON: HULL COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY SERVICES

“3SC have been excellent partners. They have been supportive and prepared to fight our corner. They have helped us deliver good results.”

Jenny Jenkinson: Hull Community and Voluntary Services
Head office of Beacon Centre for the Blind

“Thanks to 3SC, we have been able to engage with clients we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to reach, and have helped them to develop and ultimately achieve their individual goals”

Rachel Shaw: Beacon Centre for the Blind
Dave Wylie, Bootstrap Enterprises

“Bootstrap Enterprises has been helping people into work for the past 30 years, and has worked as a subcontracted partner of 3SC for the past year. It’s a partnership we greatly value. The approach of 3SC as a prime contractor is supportive, very well organised and responsive when necessary. We are grateful to 3SC who are supportive of our insight and actions when working with customers. 3SC are a good partner to work with and we hope our relationship with them continues.”

Dave Wylie: Bootstrap Enterprises
Robert Glenn, Groundwork

“I have no hesitation in recommending 3SC as a prime contractor. We have greatly benefited from their quality assurance processes, their online customer management system, and supportive monthly performance reviews.”

Robert Glenn: Groundwork
Chris Murray, The Write Time

“3SC supported us by offering us our first contract called Intergr8, which involved working with young people on the brink of permanent exclusion from their school. Throughout the contract we have been supported by 3SC, and given clear guidance about successfully delivering the contract.”

Chris Murray: The Write Time

collaborations

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Executive committee

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Chief Executive
Joanne CholertonChief Executive – 3SC
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Finance Director
Brendan ConnollyFinance Director – 3sc
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Director
Louise GardnerDirector – Jam Crunch
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Director
Andy SchofieldDirector – Cocreate and the Transformational Index
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Director
Chris CheshireDirector – SafeandFound
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Director
Helena TrippeCEO – RentSquare

Our board

Chair
John SwinneyChair of the Board
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Vice Chair
Simon CharlickExecutive Director: Business Services, National Housing Federation
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Chief Executive
Joanne Cholerton3SC Chief Executive
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Board member
Brendan Connolly3SC Finance Director
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Board member
Mushtaq Khancommercial director, New Charter

membership

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Contact Us

Do you have a project you're interested in discussing with us? Send us an email or give us a call.
Email us

info@3sc.org

Call us

0330 30 30 300

Head office

3SC, Suite 208
6 Hays Lane, London SE1 2HB
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Wales office

3SC, Castle Court,
6 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9LG
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Tel: 02920 647 673

Manchester office

3SC, c/o Cheshire and Greater Manchester CRC,
12 Minshull, Manchester, M1 3FR​
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Hampshire office

3SC, Hampshire and Isle of Wight CRC,
Third floor, Civic Offices, Civic Way,
Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7AZ
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Lincoln office

3SC, c/o National CRC, 8 Corporation Street,
Lincoln, LN2 1HN
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Tel: 015 2251 0011

Hull office

3SC, c/o Hull CRC, 3rd Floor Norwich House,
Savile Street, Hull, HU1 3ES
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Liverpool office

3SC, c/o Merseyside CRC, Second Floor,
Cunard Building, Water Street, Liverpool, L3 1QX
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Wakefield office

3SC, c/o West Yorkshire CRC,
Merchant Gate, 1 Burgage Square,
Wakefield, WF1 2TS
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Registered office address
3SC, Ground Floor, Ibex House, 41-47 Minories, London EC3N 1DY
Registered company number
OC347365 (England and Wales)