It is important that we understand the impact we have on people’s recovery, so we can ensure that we are providing the most effective support. We ask people in a number of ways:
- We work with people to complete the Recovery Star, a holistic process which looks at all elements of people’s lives and we work from a position of strength (build on what you’re good at) rather than weakness.
- We ask people to set goals they want to achieve whilst working with us, and we discuss these goals regularly.
- Everyone has a monthly one to one meeting to discuss how they are feeling, any issues and to set targets for recovery.
- We monitor attendance levels against a health sector benchmark for comparison. We contact people if they don’t attend to make sure they are ok.
We recently (Spring 2017) produced out first ever Social Impact Report, or really the ‘Why we get our of Bed’ report. You can read it here Growing Well Social Impact Report 2016
Growing Well does not provide ‘day care’. We are focused on recovery and progression. People can stay with us for as long as they need, often several years, but our emphasis is on movement, achieving goals and getting better. 80% of the people we work with return to work or go on to further training or volunteering.
It was good to be involved…and as time went on, I found myself really enjoying that and I think that was part of getting better too. I was able to do something… I had things to offer…It made me feel valued. And that’s what Growing Well does so well, it makes you feel valued, even if you don’t feel valuable.
So I think it just brings you out of your illness...because you spend so much time in your head, cut off from the world…you step out of your own problems and out of your own head and see the world again.
We commissioned an independent evaluation report in 2013 which showed that 76% of people showed an increase in well-being at some point during their involvement with us.
We have also worked with the New Economics Foundation, using Social Return on Investment methodology.
Growing Well offers an intervention that is incredibly well valued by the participating volunteers. Clear positive impact was shown with regard to volunteer’s well-being and mental health recovery. Volunteers value Growing Well as a unique experience and distinguish this from other forms of mental health support.
Brathay Research Hub 2013