SCA Group


A1 - Title in original language
SCA Group

A2 - Title in English
SCA Group

A3 - Location of GP (national)

SCA logoA4 - Location of GP (regional)

A5 - Economic field of activity
Q Human health and social work activities

A6 - Ultimate purpose of GP
To provide amenities for local people
To address legal or financial exclusion
To improve social cohesion/inclusion

A7 - Spatial scale Regional (large scale)

A8a - Start date

A8b - Anticipated end date (if applicable)

A9 - Short description of the GP
Health & social care social enterprise, providing a wide range of facilities, focused on trying to improve the quality of members' lives. SCA is a group of social enterprises delivering care, transport, dentistry, training and advice services.

A10 - Key words relating to the GP
Social inclusion
Traning / mentoring
Profit/no profit partnership / cooperation

A11 - Objectives of the GP
To support members to live better lives through compassionate care, health and community services, strengthened by working together for the common good. To become a leading social enterprise providing innovative, high impact solutions to improving the health and wellbeing of communities across Southern England.

A12 - Activities that have taken place
SCA Care's mission is to enable its members to remain living in their own home and support them to have better lives. They have an extensive range of services available including home care, domestic help, respite care, day clubs, dementia specialist care, community support, etc. SCA Transport provide a range of transport services in the community. SCA Trafalgar is a social enterprise delivering excellence in NHS dentistry. SCA Fenwick2 provides a mix of services: including acupuncture, counselling and personal training. There are also meeting and training rooms, a gym, a support service for carers and NHS long term conditions services. SCA Quinn delivers flexible and affordable training to the health and social care sector. SCA's advocacy service empowers and enables vulnerable people in our society to find solutions to problems that they have in their lives and speak up for their rights in times of trouble. SCA also provides a consultancy serivce, covering a number of business areas.

A13 - Achievements of the GP For year 2011/12
70,000 members received high equality, ethical dental care. 354,000 hours of care and support delivered. 657 referrals received for re-ablement services. 204 'extra care' customer members supported to remain independent in their own homes. 750 members provided with advice, guidance, signposting and advocacy services. Finalists in Guardian Social Enterprise of the Year 2011 Awards. 6700 members came to Fenwick2 in last year. Plus many more achievements - see website.


B1 - How has the GP impacted on the following?

B1a - Legal/financial exclusion (people who legally or finacially excluded)
Very positive impacts
Any other comments?
Many people who use advice and advocacy services have issues around finance.

B1b - Creation or conservation of local employment
Very positive impacts
Any other comments?
Employ 600 staff, 80 apprentices, and 15 pre-apprentices.

B1c - Adaptation to new realities (enabling people to adapt to their changing circumtances)
Very positive impacts
Any other comments?
Enabling people to be self managing and to achieve better quality of life.

B1d - Cross sectoral working
Very positive impacts
Any other comments?
Work with 150 community groups through transport service, work with schools through oral health campaigns, with colleges through student placement and apprentices, care managers commission SCA to provide care services, partnerships with private sector (eg NatWest who support power of attorney scheme).

B1e - Enablement of social enterpreneurship
Very positive impacts
Any other comments?
Provide support and consultancy service to public sector organisations setting up as a social enterprise.

B1f - Amenities for local people
Very positive impacts
Any other comments?
Eg community hubs, clubs and wellbeing centres.

B1g - Educational opportunities
Very positive impacts
Any other comments?
Provide wide range of training at SCA Training Centere, including accredited courses and diplomas.

B1h - Crisis response
Positive impacts
Any other comments?
SCA is focused on providing planned support but is able to signpost when necessary. Some out of hours dentistry provision.

B1i - Local financial environment for social enterpreneurs
Any other comments?
Not applicable

B1j - Local policy environment for social enterpreneurs
Any other comments?
Not applicable

B1k - National financial environment for social enterpreneurs
Any other comments?
Not applicable

B1l - National policy environment for social enterpreneurs
Any other comments?
Not applicable


C1 - Is the governance of this GP fully inclusive?
Beneficiaries are somewhat involved in governance
Comments and learning points
SCA has lots of forums which enable members to be involved in SCA's decision making.

C2 - How influential has this GP been on local or national decision makers? (Have you had and influence on decision makers locally?)
A little influence achieved
Comments and learning points
SCA involved MPs in the campaign to reopen Fenwick2. SCA are involved in national forums, and also deliver sessions on social enterprise at party conferences.

C3 - How much partnership work has been involved?
A great deal of cross sectoral partnership working
Comments and learning points
See answer to B1d


D1 - Please describe how the GP communicated its experience and success to the public (how you disseminate your impact)
Has local media coverage to celebrate good news stories. Newsletters go to members. Also through Twitter and Facebook.

D2 - Please describe how the GP communicated with local or national decision makers?
Through speaking at conferences.

D3 - Are there any elements of this project that you think would transfer particularly well to other contexts?
Yes - could well work well in other regions and countries.


E1a - Total annual income of GP 2011/12

E1b - How is this made up?

E1c - Details of human resources
600 staff, 80 apprentices, 15 pre-apprentices.

E1d - Details of technology

E1e - Details of financial investment for start-up/early stage

E1f - Details of external support

E2 - If public funding were withdrawn, could the GP continue to exist?
Could, but would look very different. Public funding is in the form of contracts, rather than grants. Contracts are competitively won against private businesses.


F1 - Who set up the GP?
Individual or group of individuals

F2 - Who runs the GP?
Not-for-profit organisation

F3 - Short description/comments

F4 - Contact
Maria Mills
SCA Group
Amplevine House, Dukes Road, Southampton, SO14 0ST
Telephone 02380 366663
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