Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI)’s core mission is to empower individuals with a range of support needs, skills and experiences to make a tangible contribution to their community.
CCI’s person-centred model engages in alternative, non-medicinal activities which utilise an individual’s strengths, experiences and aspirations. The focus is on providing real inclusion, real work and real value to the communities CCI support.
CCI also seek to work collaboratively with likeminded partners from across the statutory, private and third sectors to create a model of social prescribing in South Lanarkshire that will actively listen, adapt and respond to the local community’s needs and ambitions.
On a day to day basis, participants and volunteers are supported to engage in a range of enterprise and inclusion activities such as:
The semi-commercial nature of all CCI’s activities ensures that participants are contributing to projects that have real value: participants can improve their employability rather than simply be used as unskilled voluntary labour.
CCI operates an open referral process, meaning that individuals can self-refer, but a wide number of agencies can also make referrals – social work departments, local community mental health teams, education and other third sector organisations.
There are no time limits on CCI placements, meaning individuals can explore their capabilities at their own pace in a supportive environment.
CCI has developed strong relationships with a variety of to develop innovative projects and activities that respond to the community’s needs. CCI’s current partners for delivering social prescribing activities include:
Just over half of CCI’s income is generated from enterprise activities and social care contracts. A small number of individuals also currently utilise their self-directed support to engage in CCI activities.
Their remaining income comes from various grant making foundations and trusts, including The Robertson Trust and the Big Lottery Fund.
CCI has a strong relationship with NHS Lanarkshire and is currently working to create greenspaces on four NHS Lanarkshire sites.
This mix of revenue ensures that people who do not have a social work budget can access CCI’s placements free of charge.
In 2016/17 CCI worked with 107 individuals and delivered 4,972 volunteering sessions. From a total of 65 new referrals in 2016/17, roughly a third were from local community mental health teams, and just under a quarter from education groups Skills Development Scotland.
Internal evaluation revealed that in 2016/17, 76% of participants marked an improvement in their mental health and well-being; 85% experienced an improvement in their ability to work in teams; and 76% felt more positive about their future.
CCI appeared as a case study in our Social Prescribing Briefing.