Social adVentures is a wellbeing social enterprise specialising in public health and social care contracts that run alongside social businesses – such as garden centres, community cafes and, childcare nurseries.
We inspire people to change their behaviour by using innovative, evidence based interventions. Our unique integrated wellbeing pathway takes referrals from a variety of healthcare professionals to support positive change.
The Social Return on Investment (SROI) evaluation found that there is a £10 return for every £1 invested for the services that we are providing.
How far have we come?
We ‘spun out of NHS Salford’ to become one of the country’s first public service mutuals in 2011.
Since then we have increased our turnover by four times, increased employee numbers from ten to 40 and we now offer 3 times as many services to over 1000 local members.
How we are different
We are pioneering change every day.
A social organisation, employee owned and led by business minded entrepreneurs, we are active in constantly improving the way in which public services are delivered.
We recognise the difficulties and changes that commissioners are facing and we are pioneering new ways to address this that both meets budgetary constraints and improves the lives of the people we work with.
£10 Return for Every £1 Invested
We offer 3x more services
than we did in the NHS & at no extra cost.
Turnover Growth in 14/15
Wellbeing Matters is a social prescribing approach connecting patients to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to support wellbeing. It is a neighbourhood model, operating across Salford with a Community Connector in each of the five health and care neighbourhoods. Social adVentures is one of 5 community anchors for the project and employs a Connector.
The Health and Wellbeing LLP is a new way of delivering public services, led by Social adVentures it brings together nine organisations to create the first ever social enterprise LLP.
Comprised of public service spin-outs and local charities, the Health and Wellbeing LLP has been forged to meet the ever increasing move towards ‘macro-commissioning’. This new circa £33M organisation is ideally placed to compete in the new commissioning landscape.
Talking Social – News
Delivering Devolution – The Role of New Public Service Delivery Models 12 October 2016 – Spaceport, Manchester This complimentary event will explore how commissioners and providers can work together to implement the devolution agenda in areas such as health, social...
Scott Darraugh, Chief Executive of Social adVentures and Andrew Laird, Director of Mutual Ventures are leading a workshop on this topic at The Commissioning Show at Excel on Wednesday 29th June at 11.10am in the Facilitated Leaning Suite. Email us at to book your...
From Annual Report 2013/14 – “Over the last year we have seen the steady growth of Social Adventures, underpinned by purposeful strategic objectives and targets, which explained how we would continue to “make the world a happier and healthier place to live.” I am delighted to say that we fulfilled the commitments in that plan, focusing on and improving the public health of people who used our services… Our challenge for this next year is to deliver our strategy for growth which will allow us to expand our services across a larger geographical area.”
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Scott Darraugh BSc MSc FRSA
Scott Darraugh is the Chief Executive of health and wellbeing spin-out, Social adVentures. He is a leading social entrepreneur and an influential voice in the social business sector. Scott has been active in pioneering change in public health services for over 10 years. Scott was a Project Director in NHS Salford for over eight years, delivering innovative, community based programmes to some of the UK’s most deprived neighbourhoods.
In 2010 Scott became Chief Executive of Social adVentures after leading his team of Public Health Specialists out of the NHS in Salford to create one of the country’s first NHS Social Enterprises. Since launching Social adVentures, Scott and his team have worked to diversify the business and decrease reliance on single contracts. In addition to the health and wellbeing centre, Social adVentures co-own a community garden centre, Garden Needs, and have launched a series of social enterprise childcare nurseries, Kids adVentures.
Scott has a high profile nationally and has been supporting the Cabinet Office’s public service mutualisation agenda acting as an officially appointed ‘Mutuals Ambassador’ and providing insight to the journey he and his team have embarked on through public speaking and workshop facilitation. In 2011 Scott was one of the UK’s Top 100 Young Social Entrepreneurs.
Christian Loftus BSc
Business Development Director
Christian Loftus is the Business Development Director of health and wellbeing spin-out, Social adVentures. Passionate about making change within the community healthcare sector, Christian has been instrumental in identifying new projects for Social adVentures to diversify into.
Christian has led on securing new funding streams and has took a significant role in driving forward the launch of the UK’s first not for profit LLP, a way of working which could revolutionise the way public services are delivered in the next few years.
Before joining Social adVentures Christian owned an independent business management and marketing consultancy. He is a member of the National Social Marketing Centre and holds a degree in Industrial Management. Christian was the Director of OWM, a private recycling and waste management firm based in Cheshire for seven years and was previously Head of Marketing for a homewares distribution company.
Kate leads on the delivery and promotion of the services at The Angel Centre in Salford and is the strategic lead for all marketing and communications activity across the organisation.
A former business journalist and communications specialist, Kate has worked across the private sector and is the former chair of a Manchester autism Charity.