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Social adVentures

Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Health and Social Care

Business Activities:Community development, education, healthy living, community development, education, healthy living

Business Location:Salford

Chief Executive:Scott Darraugh

Turnover:£1m (2013-14)


Legal structure:Industrial and Provident Society

Social adVentures

Social adVentures aims to inspire local people to lead happier and healthier lives.

Social adVentures has three centres to support it to meet this vision, The Angel Centre, The Creative Media Centre and Garden Needs. All centres provide a wide range of activities, courses and events all year round. Alongside its service delivery, Social adVentures runs social businesses such as garden centres, managed workspace and community cafés.

The team works with some of the city’s most hard to reach groups. Services are diverse and range from healthy cooking classes to crisis management psychological sessions.

Social adVentures is jointly owned by service users, it employees and local Salford people.

Originally set up as The Angel Healthy Living Centre it was hosted by NHS Salford for ten years. During the last three years the organisation has developed its services whilst becoming a social enterprise, through the Department of Health Right to Request scheme.

Social adVentures has led on research to help itself and the other NHS ‘spin-out’ organisations achieve better access to investment, including how to facilitate acquisitions, and leading innovation in contracting (e.g. payment by results contracts).

The organisation plans to launch its new MyLife programme in the near future, which is based on a personalised approach for people that need support to lead a full and active life. Alongside local partners, MyLife will offer advocacy and assistance with personal budgets. It will also employ and train personal assistants and deliver a programme of inspirational activities at its Salford based centres.

E3M Member

Social adVentures

Name:Scott Darraugh

Title :CEO

In 2010 Scott became Chief Executive of Social adVentures after leading his team of public health specialists out of the NHS in Salford to create one of the country’s first NHS public service mutuals. Social adVentures is a wellbeing social enterprise with the aim of inspiring people to lead healthy and happy lives.

In 2012 Social adVentures won the RBS SE100 Index ‘Growth Champion’ Award, having achieved a 262% growth in annual turnover. For over 8 years, Scott was the Director in public health in Salford, leading on innovative, community based programmes in some of the area’s most deprived neighbourhoods.

In 2013 Scott became a Mutuals Ambassador, working with the cabinet office to shape policies which will encourage the development of mutuals delivering public services. A specific area of focus is the development of innovate financial products which will address the specific needs of the mutuals sector to support further growth.