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Public Health – Social adVentures

Social Adventures

Social adVentures was one of the original NHS Right to Request organisations that moved out of the NHS into an independent social enterprise in 2010. The organisation currently provides a range of public health, mental health and learning difficulties services in Salford but is looking to expand its services to other parts of the country. In early 2014, Social adVentures was granted funding from the Investment and Contract Readiness Fund* and chose to work with Mutual Ventures to help them become more sustainable. As part of this work, we supported the senior management team to develop their commercial acumen, running a range of workshops, one to one work and mentoring. As a result, they re-secured their main contract with the Clinical Commissioning Group.

Mutual Ventures have also supported Social adVentures to diversify their services and income streams, helping them to acquire a garden centre and a children’s nursery both of which they utilise in conjunction with their core public health services.

Heather Rolinson, Managing Consultant, Mutual Ventures: “We’ve really enjoyed working Scott and his team to help them grow their business. We have developed a strong working partnership. Since spinning out we have supported them to explore new and innovative ways to deliver better services to and also diversify their income streams so they are less reliant on a small number of core contracts. Their enthusiasm for what they do is infectious!

Scott Darraugh, Chief Executive, Social adVentures: “Since 2011 we have worked with Mutual Ventures to develop a robust business plan for growth. With their invaluable support we have grown rapidly – they have really understood our business model and provided the help we needed to be successful. Mutual Venture’s passion and enthusiasm for making a positive difference to our business is clear to see, they have helped us to be more efficient, innovative and sustainable. I would be very pleased to recommend Mutual Ventures services.”

*The ICRF fund is now closed but similar support can be accessed through the Social Investment Business’s Big Potential Advanced Fund. Mutual Ventures are approved providers to this fund.