Spice Time Credits: building stronger networks for individuals and communities to achieve better health outcomes
PHE ePoster Library. Luckett J. 09/12/17; 186694; 249
Jude Luckett
Jude Luckett
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Abstract Spice Time Credits has a simple model: for every hour that an individual gives to their community or service, they earn one printed Time Credit. People can spend Time Credits to access activities provided by public, community and private organisations, or to thank others in turn. 35,000 individuals across England and Wales have earned approximately 500,000 Time Credits in programmes that are embedded in public services and co-designed with communities. Time Credits supports individuals and communities to build their own capacities and local networks, that in turn leads to measurable improvements in wellbeing, including providing resilience to physical and mental health issues, increasing confidence and tackling social isolation. The positive impact of Time Credits in tackling health, social and wellbeing inequalities has been shown by a growing body of independent research (in the last year, our social prescribing work was highlighted in the annual report of recommendations by Dr Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales, and was featured as a key enabler for social action and place-based growth by publications from DCMS, NEF and the RSA.) We have worked with the University of Cambridge on a NIHR funded research project to assess the public health outcomes of Time Credits in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. This session will present mixed methods research findings from the University of Cambridge, and our own learning on co-designing programmes with statutory agencies and communities to demonstrate the efficacy of Time Credits in unlocking the potential of communities to work together to achieve better health outcomes.
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