Social adVentures is a wellbeing social enterprise specialising in public health and social care contracts that run alongside social businesses – such as childcare nurseries, training, a community gym and, forest schools.
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.
We deliver £1.8m of social value every year.
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.
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.
We are constantly striving to give more people opportunities to live healthier and happier lives. This runs throughout our community projects, healthy living centre, community garden, social prescribing, childcare nurseries and, forest schools.
In 2019 we delivered £1.8m of social value as a result of the projects we led on. This was made up of impacts including 10,800 hours of activity based around the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, 625 exercise interventions, 30,560 free childcare hours.
You can reach more about the impacts we make across the different areas we work within in our Impact Report.
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Talking Social – News
Ruth Sutherland CBE has been appointed as Chair of the Board at Salford based social enterprise, Social adVentures. Ruth will formally take over the Chair position in May following the end of tenure of Stephen Young, who has held the Chair position for 10 years....
The Social adVentures and Kids adVentures teams have been really busy during the coronavirus pandemic from delivering out of hours keyworker childcare to delivering food parcels and combatting social isolation. The Kids adVentures parent company, Social adVentures, is...
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 Operations Director
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 is the strategic lead on all services delivered by Social adVentures including the Healthy Living Contract, Mental Health and Horticulture, Social Prescribing and Forest School Educational Training.
Additionally Kate heads up the marketing and communications across all aspects of the organisation including planning marketing campaigns for the social businesses and leading on employee engagement.
A former business journalist and communications specialist, Kate has worked across the private sector as well as being a trustee on several boards focused on health and wellbeing.