The NBIC+ theme explores the efficacy and value of nature-based interventions (NBIs) and activities that fall under the umbrella of ‘creative referral’, as well as the relationship between the two. NBIC+ describes a means of connecting people to NBIs and/or creative-based activities, groups, projects and schemes in their local community for support with health and wellbeing. Creative referral includes activies such as dance on referral, art on refferal and museums on referral. These activities may occur independently or in conjunction with NBIs.

WSSPR projects within this theme are listed below:

EmotionMind Dynamic: Social Return on Investment of a Guided, Self-help Programme to Improve Emotional Wellbeing in West Wales

A 12-month SROI will establish social value created by EmotionMind Dynamic, a six module coaching programme developed by Hayley Wheeler for improving mental health for clients experiencing emotional difficulties. The pilot SROI study will compare EMD delivered either face-to-face, or through a blended learning approach for approximately 60 self-referred or socially prescribed adults.

Funder: Accelerate, Welsh European Funding Office

Partners: Bangor University, Cardiff University, Hayley T Wheeler Ltd, Hywel Dda UHB

Publication: Makanjuola A, Lynch M, Hartfiel N, Cuthbert A, Wheeler HT, Edwards RT. A Social Return on Investment Evaluation of the Pilot Social Prescribing EmotionMind Dynamic Coaching Programme to Improve Mental Wellbeing and Self-Confidence. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Aug 26;19(17):10658. doi: 10.3390/ijerph191710658. 

Gwynedd Bus Project: Social Value of Subsidised Bus Routes in Gwynedd

This study estimated the social value generated from nearly 2,000 bus passengers in Gwynedd who completed questionnaires between February and July 2019. Social value ratios were estimated by comparing the social value generated for passengers with the costs incurred by the Local Authority in providing subsidised bus services.

Funder: Gwynedd County Council

Contact: Dr Ned Hartiel

I CAN WORK: Social Return on Investment of the I CAN WORK project in North Wales

The purpose of this SROI is to inform the viability of the I CAN WORK programme. I CAN WORK provides employment specialists to support individuals, with mild to moderate mental health problems, to secure full or part-time employment following referral to the programme.

Funder: Welsh Assembly Government


Contact: Dr Louise Prendergast and Dr Ned Hartfiel