The evaluation will identify strategic learning about funding streams and investment in community responses to social prescribing and health inequalities, and community capacity building in primary care services. The findings will inform potential future mainstreaming of community-led health solutions like this.
Power to Change is the independent trust that supports community businesses in England. Community businesses are locally rooted, community-led, trade for community benefit and make life better for local people. The sector owns assets worth £890m and comprises 9,000 community businesses across England which employ 33,600 people. From pubs to libraries; shops to bakeries; swimming pools to solar farms; community businesses are creating great products and services, providing employment and training and transforming lives. Power to Change received its endowment from the National Lottery Community Fund in 2015. Community businesses are vital because they support people to have better health through reducing isolation, improving social connectedness and wellbeing, and in some cases improving physical health.
Power to Change in partnership with GiveBradford are working together to create a community-led health offer to improve resident health outcomes by supporting community groups and community businesses to engage with social prescribing via primary care. Kick Start and Development grants are supporting this engagement. Power to Change is working with Airedale Community Partnership who operate local primary care.
Specifically, the evaluation will assess the impact of this type of approach on creating a sustainable response to social prescribing need in the local area, the impact of grant-funded community businesses and community organisations on health service demand and types of use, and whether residents feel happier and healthier as a result of the Keighley Community Health Programme.