3SC is a social enterprise that has proven success and expertise in building and managing supply chains of SMEs, primarily third sector organisations, across the UK to deliver quality public services. We have been assessed against the supply chain management standard, Merlin. The assessment outcome was ‘Excellent’ recognising the sustainable excellence of our structured approach to supply chain management and positive partnership working with our delivery partners.
3SC’s vision is of SMEs, particularly third sector organisations delivering an increasing share of public services and a greater amount of social impact. To realise the achievement of our vision, 3SC manages and wins contracts on behalf of SMEs, primarily voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations using a mutually beneficial collaborative and partnership-based business model. All have a vital role to play in the delivery of public services which can be a difficult and competitive marketplace, dominated by large commercial organisations. The size and complexity of the tendering process and increasingly demanding contracts can make it difficult for SMEs, particularly third sector organisations, to compete on their own. 3SC gives these organisations a chance to compete for, and ultimately deliver, such contracts.
The principal activity of 3SC is public service delivery but we also offer other services including a membership programme, all of which have a clear social impact.
Since 3SC’s inception 12 years ago we have supported and enabled the third sector to access more than £92 million. In 2020-2021 alone we supported our supply chains to access just under £8 million. We have also delivered 27 major contracts for a wide range of Central and Local Government commissioners, including Welsh Government, in the justice, young people, disabilities and employability arenas. We have worked with more than 2209 delivery partners in our supply chains and the impact of our work has been to:
- Work with 190,000 people referred to a 3SC programme;
- Support 13,468 people into work;
- Support 4,314 people with a health condition or disability stay in work, supporting nearly 200 people in 2020-2021;
- Help 8,353 young people secure a better future.
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.
This Infographic shows the impact 3SC has made over the past 11 years.What we do
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.
To find out what job roles are available in 3SC, as well as those of our parent company, Twin Group, check out our vacancies here.
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3SC’s Policies set out the approach and intentions of the organisation.
What we do
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…
3SC manages a supply chain of VCSE organisations that deliver services to reduce re-offending and enable and support offenders to integrate and contribute to society in a positive way.
Read more about our work in the justice sector…
Young people are tomorrow’s social seedlings. 3SC works with our delivery partners 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…
What people say about us
“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
“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
“The support we have received from SH has been both professional and invaluable. He carries out regular audits of our policies and procedures from which he has provided positive and constructive feedback. He identifies areas that require improvement or amendment and fully supports us in achieving the changes required. This has enabled us to increase performance to ensure we can provide the best service and support to our service users.”Dawn Giamas MBE, Manager, Women of Worth
“Catch22 and 3SC have worked collaboratively to deliver high performing Through the Gate activities since 2015. Our partnership has been based on mutual respect and an ambition to deliver quality services. Utilising the collective experiences of our organisations, we worked together to create positive outcomes for the those we support. “Neil Baker, Assistant Director, Catch22 (Through the Gate Services)
“Both the 3SC Contract Performance Assessment and Quality Deep Dive processes that are used to monitor and review the Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance ensure that money is being spent in the areas agreed and the service is meeting the standards expected. These processes are equally good at highlighting areas of good practice so these can be recognised and shared with other partners, as it is identifying areas of concern. Where there are areas of concern the process allows for timely intervention, the development of mitigation plans and can assist providers in finding solutions.”Martin Nugent, Criminal Justice & Partnerships, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Neuro-Diverse Strategy Coaching (NDSC) delivers high quality coping strategy coaching, training and mentoring to adults with Neuro-Diverse conditions and other disabilities/long term health conditions at work. The service is person-centred delivering strategy coaching support tailored to the individual customer’s work-related needs. Typically, the support is delivered through a programme of two hour sessions although the service is flexible enough to accommodate multiple different models and lengths of delivery.
3SC provide a coaching service to support customers who are neurodiverse and looking for employment.
The programme typically helps people to develop strategies to overcome barriers created by their condition, chaotic lifestyles or heath concerns. The Coaching enables the customer to work through their challenges in a supported way and become more open to employment opportunities and to engage better with existing services.
3SC deliver high quality coaching, training and mentoring to People on Probation with Neurodiverse conditions.
Every person is provided with bespoke support, to improve self-efficacy, resilience and the ability to recognise and manage triggers to worsening well-being. They benefit from a customised approach to build and maintain social interaction and to engage with and access relevant clinical services including mental health. 3SC also delivers an extensive programme of awareness raising, training and support to Probation Staff to upskill them on working with people who are Neurodivergent.
The Parental Employment Programme is funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and from European Social Funds. This programme enables 3SC to work with parents of children aged between 6 months and 11 years in South and West London to support them with finding and sustaining employment. Support is also provided to parents who are low paid workers and to help them progress in work through promotion, taking on more hours or finding better paid employment. Employers wishing to become more family friendly will also be able to access the service to obtain advice, tools and practical skills. The programme started in November 2020 and will continue through to August 2023.
3SC deliver a comprehensive, holistic workplace assessment to identify an individual’s work-related needs resulting from a health condition or disability.
On completion of the holistic workplace assessment, the Assessor produces a quality report outlining the work-related difficulties identified by both the Assessor and the Employee during the assessment process. The report contains simple to follow steps and guidance on appropriate adjustments to better support the Employee in their workplace.