A new partnership has been formed between Healthbox CIC, which delivers health promotion activities across Cheshire, and tech for good company Elemental Software. The new partnership will work to help the Community Interest Company monitor and measure the impact of The Wellbeing High Street project.
The project aims to create healthier and more active communities through the Five Ways to Wellbeing approach. Using the Elemental Impact Tracker, Healthbox CIC will be able to measure the outcomes of these programmes and services, which range from mindfulness, singing and photography, to debt advice, cookery and physical activity.
The partnership comes at a crucial time for the Community Interest Company and voluntary sector, after research from the latest Business Digital Index from Lloyds Bank found digitally mature charities were twice as likely to report an increase in donations and to save a day a week.
Using the module, Healthbox will be able to connect residents engaging with the Wellbeing High Street project to the range of programmes and services available and enable the Healthbox team to better support more people to make changes to the lifestyles.
Crucially, it will allow Healthbox to measure the real difference this support is making to a resident’s health improvement journey, and provide them with the evidence it needs to monitor, track, measure and report back to their funders on how the project is making a difference to individuals.
Seona Dunne, Project Manager, The Wellbeing High Street said: “All of our data is now held centrally in the organisation and we can easily run monthly, quarterly and yearly reports at the click of a button. We can see with evidence the impact our programmes and services are having on our beneficiaries and that allows us to mould our services accordingly”.
Denise Dillon, Elemental Software, added: “The role of the charity and voluntary sector in community health and wellbeing is vital, and so it is really important that organisations can demonstrate their impact and the value their work is making in transforming health and wellbeing in local communities.
Through this partnership, the Impact Tracker will support the organisation in monitoring and tracking the impact of Healthbox in empowering Cheshire communities to live well, develop their skills and explore health and wellbeing with a renewed approach.”
Elemental Software was set up by co-founders Leeann Monk-Özgül and Jennifer Neff in 2016 following 15 years of experience as community development workers in Derry, Northern Ireland. The challenges they experienced in project managing Voluntary Community Social Enterprise initiatives led them to develop a digital solution that helps charities report to multiple funders on outcomes of community projects. As a result, project managers are able to reduce administration and provide enhanced support to beneficiaries most in need.