The Social Interest Group has been developed to enrich and extend opportunities for people facing social and health challenges. Join us.
The Social Interest Group is an innovative response to the changing marketplace in the voluntary sector.
Our vision is a society in which all people have the opportunity to live healthy, constructive and fulfilled lives. By working in partnership, we deliver high quality support, health & social care.
If you are the Chair or CEO of a charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisation, contact us to start a conversation about working together. Our structure and governance model at the Social Interest Group offers our members and partners greater resilience in competitive times. Our model ensures you retain your identity and unique services. We offer strong back office services, which can reduce your organisational risks and save you money.
Commissioners of health and social care services, service users and government officials – we welcome conversations with you about how our model improves efficiencies and outcomes for health and social care services.
The founder members of the Social Interest Group are Penrose Options, Equinox Care and Penrose Works Ltd.
Penrose provides person-centred support, health and social care for people with a history of offending and mental ill health. With over 45 years’ experience, Penrose operates in a range of community based, supported housing and residential settings. Penrose works with clients who have mental health and forensic mental health needs, including adults with personality disorders. Their work centres around giving vulnerable members of our society the voice, skills and independence to build a brighter future. The Penrose Criminal Justice team work in partnership with MTC Novo and London CRC, delivering the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme.
Equinox Care provides personalised support, care and recovery to people with multiple and complex needs. This includes people who experience mental ill health, drug dependence and alcohol dependence. Equinox clients may also have a history of homelessness or offending. They may have been turned away from other services, due to the complexity of their needs. Equinox assists their service users to solve or manage the issues that are relevant to their own lives, including achieving stable accommodation, recovery and independence.
Penrose Works Ltd is a social enterprise which gives service users the opportunity to train in general maintenance, painting and decorating, whilst benefiting from paid employment. Service users gain new skills by working on live projects across multiple projects and properties within Penrose Options and Equinox Care. This helps to prepare individuals for work in the wider marketplace. The experienced in-house maintenance team offer a vast range of knowledge and skills, which are passed on to service users. Penrose Works Ltd also offers employment as cleaners and provides gardening opportunities within their innovative Penrose Roots project.
Equinox in Brighton, along with 11 other stakeholders, yesterday signed a pledge to support the new Rough Sleeper Strategy. The strategy has 5 priority areas and a central commitment to … Continued
Congratulations to our very own Chief Executive Gill Arukpe who has been named ‘Most Influential Businesswoman 2016 – North London’ by Acquisition International Magazine. Acquisition International Magazine’s 2016 Influential Businesswoman … Continued
Penrose Synergy service in Luton is now confirmed as a Third Party Hate Crime Reporting Centre, working in conjunction with Bedfordshire Police. Six Penrose staff completed their awareness training this … Continued
On 7th April, the Social interest Group and Penrose hosted Judge Olga Tesovic, who is visiting the UK from Serbia as part of a British Council programme. Judge Tesovic spent … Continued
The future looks very exciting at the Social Interest Group. Our model offers members and partners greater flexibility and resilience in a competitive marketplace. We welcome discussions with likeminded organisations who wish to explore the opportunity.
Gill Arukpe, Group Chief Executive, Social Interest Group