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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.

Five ‘Families Connect Clubs’ to run creative arts and nature themed projects, including in schools.
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.


A wide range of co-produced practical neighbourhood-based community activities, including juggling for wellbeing, lockdown lunch, and telephone circles.
Projects in Greenwich for social prescribing for young people experiencing domestic violence in vulnerable communities, centred around creativity.
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.
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.
Thames Ward aims to create a dispersed ‘system of health’ with free activities to test a social prescribing model.


The CLOVER project (Creative Leisure Outdoors & Volunteer Exchange Ross-on-Wye) will pilot a sustainable, creative and transferable model of social prescribing.
Inspiring Ashfield will explore creative ways of engaging with the community, giving people creative methods to express themselves and shape activities.
The Canal & River Trust will lead partners will use the natural asset of the Nottingham & Beeston Canal to provide physical activity, art, heritage and food-based activities, reaching c.430 people.
Go Well-being brings together expertise in health, physical activity, culture, and the voluntary sector creating a support system for 1200 people.
The establishment of the first Green Happy café in the country, as a wellbeing hub promoting green social prescribing.
The project will work with 150 young people aged 13-17 to form an integrated element of the city wide social prescribing service.

North East and Yorkshire

A range of creative, green and physical activities to help people reconnect – including bicycle powered Shakespeare.

North Tyneside initiative to use arts for health to support over 350 carers who feel disconnected, revitalising a sense of community.

Thrive will provide regular weekly sessions of a varied programme of arts, sports, outdoor activities, advice, support and social contact.

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.

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.
This project will provide a wide range of accessible, enjoyable activities to address urgent local health priorities including diabetes, obesity, mental health.
Project drawing on Calderdale’s distinctiveness to develop multi-disciplinary activity that combines creativity, physical activity and dramatic landscapes and environments.

Strong, accessible ‘hospital to home to community’ pathways for Link Workers & NHS staff to form a vibrant social prescribing culture in the region.

North West

Varied programme of activity covering all elements of social prescribing, based in local coops that already engage many of the local community.

Varied activities that promote recovery, reduce anxiety, build resilience and empowerment, meet community needs and preferences.

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

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.

South East

Tailored social prescribing to reach 100 residents to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing, alongside support for artists and creatives.
Working within a Harmonia Dementia Village and wider Dover area to enable a social prescription focus for those facing dementia and their carers.
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.
An extensive programme of arts, culture, nature, physical activity and life advice for 300 people including pop up arts, English language conversations, and gardening.
A range of activities from community link groups covering health, exercise, arts, music dance, chats, environmental understanding, happiness get togethers and more.
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.

South West

A health and wellbeing programme in Central Park, Plymouth, to enhance use and enjoyment of green space and green social prescribing.
Six programmes of arts and health, nature based and physical activity to help communities cope with the impact of the pandemic.
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.
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.
In person and remote activities with a wide and varied programme across sectors to create an inclusive, integrated and sustainable social prescribing programme.
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