We recently had the privilege of working with Community Forest Trust to produce a Social Return on Investment analysis on their Natural Health Service with the help of an Impact Readiness grant.

The Community Forest Trust is an environmental charity supporting community forestry. The Trust creates and promotes healthier, attractive places to live and work and is the prime contractor for Natural Health Services which offer an upstream approach to healthcare through the provision of health and well-being activities in green spaces, reducing demand for more costly healthcare further downstream.

This Social Return On Investment (SROI) analysis draws on an assessment of a Natural Health Services pilot delivered by The Community Forest Trust and its partners in order to establish a clear and evidenced theory of change.

Community Forest Trust want to build on the success of the Natural Health Service pilot by expanding the service to work with around 6,000 people a year. The majority of individuals who would use the scaled up service will be people who have a high risk of developing a future need for expensive health services.

Our findings show that the expanded Natural Health Service will achieve a return on investment where for every £1.00 invested in the project, £6.75 social return will be generated.

To find out more about Community Forest Trust’s SROI analysis please click on the link below