The role of community businesses in providing health and wellbeing services: Challenges, opportunities and support needs

This report examines community businesses that deliver health and wellbeing services to address the needs of individuals and communities, including those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. Utilising a qualitative approach to conduct 10 case studies of community businesses, the report looks at the factors that enable health and wellbeing community businesses to thrive.

The report focuses on; types of wellbeing activities and outcomes, sources of income and business models, the role of partnerships and business support, navigating tensions between commercial and social objectives, managing staff and volunteers, scaling-up impact and managing declining income. Policy recommendations are made on the basis of these sections.

This report was produced by CEEDR and SEUK who successfully won funding from Power to Change’s open call for research grants.