Creating a transformative space for change: A qualitative evaluation of the RHS Wellbeing Programme for people with long term conditions

Michelle Howarth*, Cormac Lawler, Anna da Silva

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Abstract

Purpose: Our research aimed to evaluate the impact of the RHS Wellbeing (WB) Programme on people with long-term conditions. Findings: A thematic analysis identified how the WB programme facilitated improved social connectivity, sense of wellbeing and purpose through the creation of a ‘healthy, natural and safe space’ predicated on ‘person-centred approaches’. Participants felt they were ‘part of something larger’ which enabled ‘transformation of their health and wellbeing’. Conclusions: The WB Programme offered space to grow, heal and reconnect. Losing oneself in a nature-based space can have a lasting transformative impact on individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102654
JournalHealth and Place
Volume71
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Healthy spaces
  • Qualitative
  • Social connection
  • Social prescribing
  • Therapeutic horticulture
  • Transformation

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