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Paths for All commissioned this Social Return on Investment (SROI) study to analyse the impact of the Glasgow Health Walk programme between April 2011 and March 2012.
The headline finding is powerful, revealing that for every £1 invested in Health Walks in Glasgow, there were £8 of benefits generated for society.
The research analysed the impact of the Walk Glasgow project which develops and promotes walking opportunities across the city, through delivery of Health Walks, which are short, free, gentle walks led by trained Volunteer Walk Leaders. We deliver this valuable service together with a range of partners including Glasgow Life, North Glasgow Healthy Living Community, Paths for All, and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
The social return on investment (SROI) analysis looked at the impact of the Health Walk programme and assigned a monetary value to the changes it created. The findings are compelling, not only proving that investment in the programme is sound, but also giving a rich picture of the multiple social benefits experienced by walkers and volunteers. Health Walks are proven to make people fitter, healthier and happier.
The summary report and full research report are available here for download.