Creating A Transformative Space for Change: A Qualitative Evaluation of the RHS Wellbeing Programme for People with Long Term Conditions
Our research aimed to understand the impact of the RHS Wellbeing (WB) Programme on the health and wellbeing of people who were referred as part of a social prescription. We worked with the RHS team to collect qualitative data through interviews, and quantitative data through mental and physical health outcome questionnaires. We identified how the WB programme facilitated improved social connectivity, sense of being and purpose through the creation a ‘healthy, natural and safe space’ predicated on ‘person-centred approaches’. Participants felt they were ‘part of something larger’ which enabled ‘transformation of their health & wellbeing’. Our findings reveal a unique insight into the world of both the participants and those who delivered and supported the therapeutic gardening activities. The research highlighted how the WB Programme offered space to grow, heal and reconnect. Losing oneself in a nature-based space can have a lasting transformative impact on individuals.
Funder: Salford Primary Care Together
Project team: Dr Michelle Howarth (PI), Dr Cormac Lawler, Dr Steve Atkinson