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Find out more about some of the projects we’re supporting.

These case studies explain a little bit more about the projects we are supporting and the benefits they will have for their communities. We are always keen to hear more about how your projects are developing, so do get in touch if you have any news.

Through the Thriving Communities Fund, with partners, we’re supporting:


A rich programme of arts and culture embedded in Luton’s libraries, combining traditional library activities with an unconventional offering. Find out more about Active Luton here.

Five ‘Families Connect Clubs’ to run creative arts and nature themed projects, including in schools. Find out more about Families Connect here.

Wonder Women will support women to overcome the effects of the COVID-19 period, build confidence, meet with others, grow self-esteem and improve financial literacy. Partners for Wonder Women Thriving Communities Project includes Metal, Arts & Minds, Living Sport and Green Backyard.


A wide range of co-produced practical neighbourhood-based community activities, including juggling for wellbeing, lockdown lunch, and telephone circles. Partners for Thrive Haringey Thriving Communities project includes Jackson’s Lane, Public Voice, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, North Central London Council and Haringey Council.

Projects in Greenwich for social prescribing for young people experiencing domestic violence in vulnerable communities, centred around creativity. Partners include New Leaf, Tramshed Youth Arts and Live Well Greenwhich.

Participatory wellbeing activities in green spaces using various methods including gardening, forest bathing, nature conservation, yoga, gardening, cycling lessons, green volunteering, craft making and community meals. Partners for Moving in Nature Thriving Communities project includes London Arts in Health Forum, Hornbeam Cafe and Crest.

The Health Tree will create a network bringing link workers and the voluntary sector together to enhance the wellbeing through a cohesive arts based health and wellbeing offer. Partners for The Health Tree Thriving Communities project includes Social Action for Health, London Arts and Health Forum, Fevered Sleep and Spare Tyre Theatre.

Thames Ward aims to create a dispersed ‘system of health’ with free activities to test a social prescribing model. Find out more about Studio 3 Arts Thames Ward  here.


The CLOVER project (Creative Leisure Outdoors & Volunteer Exchange Ross-on-Wye) will pilot a sustainable, creative and transferable model of social prescribing. Partners for the Thriving Communities in Ross on Wye includes Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, Ignite CIC, Rural Media, FoodHub and ParkRun.

Inspiring Ashfield will explore creative ways of engaging with the community, giving people creative methods to express themselves and shape activities. Partners of Inspiring Ashfield Thriving Communities project includes First Art and Ashfield District Council.

The Canal & River Trust will lead partners that will use the natural asset of the Nottingham & Beeston Canal to provide physical activity, art, heritage and food-based activities, reaching c.430 people. Partners include Nottingham CVS, Notts Counnty Foundation, Canalside Heritage Centre, Nottingham Photographers Hub, Himmah BAME Foodbank, Scrambles Photography Group and Canal Improvement Partnership.

Go Well-being brings together expertise in health, physical activity, culture, and the voluntary sector creating a support system for 1200 people. Partners for Go Connect Thriving Communities project includes Coventry Sports Foundation & Culture Coventry, Age UK Coventry & Warwickshire, Health Exchange, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Libraries, Together in Action, Positive Youth Foundation and The Pod.

The establishment of the first Green Happy café in the country, as a wellbeing hub promoting green social prescribing. Find out more about the Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust  here.

The project will work with 150 young people aged 13-17 to form an integrated element of the city wide social prescribing service. Partners for Young People Social Prescribing Thriving Communities project includes Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, Talent Match, System Resillience Consortium, Gazebo Theatre in Education and Base 25.

North East and Yorkshire

A range of creative, green and physical activities to help people reconnect – including bicycle powered Shakespeare. Partners of Happier Healthier Heeley Plus Thriving Communities project include The Handlebards and Heeley Plus.

North Tyneside initiative to use arts for health to support over 350 carers who feel disconnected, revitalising a sense of community. Partners for Better Connect Thriving Communities project includes Family Gateway, North Tyneside Carers Centre and Meadow Well Connected.

Thrive will provide regular weekly sessions of a varied programme of arts, sports, outdoor activities, advice, support and social contact. Find out more Northern Heartlands here.

Co-producing arts projects with our communities, alongside a health-based community development programme and volunteering opportunities, including community gardens, art, poetry and choir for mental health and large scale community shows. Find out more about ‘Space 2’ here.

Sunderland Social Prescribing Partnership will be running an extensive programme of high-quality creative social prescribing activities for carers and their families including Singing for Lung Health, a 10 week singing programme for people with COPD and families. Led by a participatory musician to build confidence, sessions will cover breathing techniques, singing familiar harmonies and songs. Partners for Sunderland Scoial Prescribing Partnership project includes Sunderland Carers Centre, Groundwork North East & Cumbria, Equal Arts and Sunderland GP Alliance.

This project will provide a wide range of accessible, enjoyable activities to address urgent local health priorities including diabetes, obesity, mental health. Find out more about Third Sector Leaders Kirklees here.

Project drawing on Calderdale’s distinctiveness to develop multi-disciplinary activity that combines creativity, physical activity and dramatic landscapes and environments. Find out more about The Artworks project here.

Strong, accessible ‘hospital to home to community’ pathways for Link Workers & NHS staff to form a vibrant social prescribing culture in the region. Find out more the Tullie House Museum Thriving Communities project here.

North West

Varied programme of activity covering all elements of social prescribing, based in local coops that already engage many of the local community. Find out more about the Friends of Stretford Public Hall Thriving Communities project here.

Varied activities that promote recovery, reduce anxiety, build resilience and empowerment, meet community needs and preferences. Partners of the Green Close Phoenix Rising Project includes Mandela Preston and Lancashire Wildlife Trust & Gathering Fields.

Petrus will offer frontline homelessness support alongside longer-term therapeutic and voluntary support, including a community horticulture project. Find out more about Petrus here.

Through the creation of a social prescribing hub venue at the Bureau and a co-created outdoor space, partners will link arts provision with green recovery. Find out more about the Bureau Centre for the Arts Thriving Communities project here.

South East

Tailored social prescribing to reach 100 residents to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing, alongside support for artists and creatives. Find out more about the Robin Hood Health Foundation ‘Prescribe to Thrive’ project here.

Working within a Harmonia Dementia Village and wider Dover area to enable a social prescription focus for those facing dementia and their carers. Find out more about the ‘Your Leisure Kent’ Thriving Communities project here.

A programme across arts, creativity, sport and nature offering group, individual, in-person and online sessions to help reach vulnerable young people impacted by COVID. Partners of Regeneration Thriving Communities project includes Theatre for Life and Solent Mind.

An extensive programme of arts, culture, nature, physical activity and life advice for 300 people including pop up arts, English language conversations, and gardening. Partners for Wild Being Thriving Communities project includes Age UK Berkshire, Museum of English Rural Life and Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality.

A range of activities from community link groups covering health, exercise, arts, music dance, chats, environmental understanding, happiness get togethers and more. Find out more about the Slough Council for Voluntary Services’ Thriving Communities project here.

Open water swimming, cycling, cooking and walking football are all on the agenda for carers groups in Portsmouth, alongside arts projects for 30 Autistic Individuals. Find out more about the YOU Trust Thriving Communities project here.

South West

A health and wellbeing programme in Central Park, Plymouth, to enhance use and enjoyment of green space and green social prescribing. Find out more about the Argyle Community Trust Green Social Prescribing project here.

Six programmes of arts and health, nature based and physical activity to help communities cope with the impact of the pandemic. Find out more the Creative Shift Thriving Communities project here.

Dorset Nature Buddies will see 30 trained Nature Buddies; 6 providers signed up to networks; and 30 nature-inspired arts activities to 150 community groups. Find out more about The Arts Development Company Thriving Communities project here.

Heritage activities to engage local communities for health and wellbeing with 30 volunteers, 220 participants in 18 St David’s Trails. and 3000+ visitors to events and exhibitions. Find out more about the Exeter Community Centre Trust’s project here.

In person and remote activities with a wide and varied programme across sectors to create an inclusive, integrated and sustainable social prescribing programme. Find out more about Spark Somerset’s Thriving Communities project here.

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