Located in the rural area of Belfast, Hydebank Wood College is a Category C prison with males (age 18-21+) and females (age 18+). In 2019 The Public Health Agency funded a social prescribing pilot study that involved a Multidisciplinary Team within the college. This team would support a group of female patients to better connect into the programmes and services that contributed towards improved health and wellbeing within the prison environment.
The project was extended and young males were also invited to take part in the social prescribing programme. Hydebank Wood College wanted to create a mechanism for how they capture the things that mattered to the patients and better support those who suffer from anxiety, trauma and addictions through a range of non medical interventions within the prison.