Innovative social prescribing pilot features on BBC North West Tonight

Posted: 4th July 2019

We were delighted to see one of our Innovation Funding schemes feature on BBC North West Tonight on Tuesday, July 2.

The package explored the fantastic social prescribing pilot underway at the new Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Bridgewater at Worsley New Hall in Salford.

The RHS, along with partners Swinton Enhanced Care Team and the University of Salford, received Innovation Funding from Salford Primary Care Together to deliver and evaluate the project.

After referral and assessment around 75 individuals from Eccles, Irlam and Swinton will have the opportunity to improve their health through volunteering placements on site, including helping to develop a dedicated Wellbeing Garden.  Staff and volunteers will also be trained in horticultural therapy. By involving the University of Salford, the project will measure the difference this has made to people’s wellbeing, and explore how such activities can benefit more people in the future. This is the first time that the links between health and horticulture will be analysed in such depth in Salford.

We were so proud to see this scheme attract such well-deserved attention.