Leads: Gemma Burgess (Dept. of Land Economy) & Louise Lafortune
PHPES enables people who are introducing innovative public health initiatives to work in partnership with SPHR to conduct rigorous evaluations of their cost-effectiveness. The scheme is particularly focused on local public health initiatives. Alongside Cambridgeshire County Council’s Community Engagement Team and social enterprise Spice, we are conducting an evaluation of the Time Credits programme in Wisbech. People give their time to help their community and in return they receive Time Credits to spend on activities, events and services.
The research showed that people gained a sense of purpose and felt that they were making a positive contribution, which increased their life satisfaction and improved their mental health. They became more physically active and more socially connected. There is evidence of increased confidence and development of skills and work experience to support moving into paid employment. Time Credits were spent on activities which lead to a more active lifestyle (e.g. swimming) or on family activities, which could lead indirectly to positive health outcomes by improving social capital, social participation and overall wellbeing.
To access a series of working papers and more please visit the Cambridge Centre for Planning & Research