Social interventions can have a huge benefit on people’s health and wellbeing. 

There is no silver bullet to mental health. Medication and talking therapies are traditional first lines of support but are not ideal or accessible for everyone.

Most mental health conditions are caused by social and environmental factors. It makes sense that social interventions should play some part in supporting people. These interventions are known as social prescribing.

Holistic community social interventions, using activities such as the arts, sport or nature combined with pyschological and emotional support, give people the space to explore their emotions while their mind is on other things.

Social prescribing is about getting people to discover or rediscover a sense of joy and purpose and help them reconnect with life affirming activities, the community and ultimately themselves.

For many young people, accessing social interventions can be less daunting than the sometimes uncomfortable setting of a therapy room.

Social prescribing is one of the key components of the NHS Comprehensive Model of Personalised Care and is a mechanism for delivering personalised care and community-based support in the NHS Long Term Plan.

NHS England is committed to building the infrastructure for social prescribing across the primary care sector by investing in link workers who can signpost people to other community, social or charitable organisations in their area.

For the plan to work, voluntary organisations need to have the capability to support the social prescribing provision but as yet there is no coordinated plan to do so.

The social prescribing model in the UK is more developed for adults than children. 

Chimo’s mission is to invest in charities that combine the arts, nature or sport with psychological and emotional support to connect with young people struggling with their mental health. 

Our vision is for our funding to help thousands of young people and to demonstrate the impact that holistic, social interventions can have in improving and sustaining young people’s mental health.


We support charities with a proven track record of using social interventions to connect with and help young people experiencing poor mental health.