Funding Available for Complementary Therapies Sessions

10th July 2019

Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR) for the Rotherham Social Prescribing Service commissions voluntary and community sector organisations to deliver services that meet the needs of targeted patients referred to VAR by GP Practices and Mental Health services.

We are seeking applications from voluntary and community sector organisations to deliver a COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES group pathway service in Rotherham for people referred by the Rotherham Social Prescribing Service.  People referred to the service will be adults with long-term health conditions and adults experiencing mental health issues.  Initial funding of up to £5,000.00 is available between 1st October 2019 and 31st March 2020 (the initial funding period).  The funding includes set-up costs of up to £1,000.00 which will not be included if the service is to be re-commissioned from the same organisation after March 2020.

Continuation funding may be available from April 2020 if the service provider can demonstrate positive outcomes for service users and value for money.  The service will also need to remain a service priority at the time of re-commissioning (February – March 2020).

The successful organisation will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A track record and expertise in delivering a complementary therapies service to groups
  • Evidence of successfully recruiting and training volunteers to support service delivery
  • Value for money
  • A genuine empathy for helping people who need short-term support to become more independent

The successful organisation will have expertise and skills to set up and deliver weekly group sessions for Social Prescribing service users between October 2019 and March 2020.

Ideally, the successful organisation will:

  • Set up and deliver a weekly Complementary Therapies group session in a central Rotherham venue within the time frame above
  • Have a commitment to recruit and train volunteers to support the delivery of the service
  • Have commitment to seek out alternative sources of funding to sustain or expand the service
  • Be skilled in communicating with service users, particularly in ensuring service users are aware that they may only attend the group free of charge for up to 12 weeks (i.e. the grant funded period for each individual referred)
  • Offer a welcoming environment ideally including:
  1. A seated area offering refreshments and an opportunity to socialise with other people and volunteers
  2. Cordoned off areas with mobile couches to provide individuals with Complementary Therapy services (e.g. hand massage, reflexology, Indian head massage, reiki, emotional freedom techniques )
  3. A large space or separate large room for Complementary Therapy group activities (e.g. yoga, mindfulness, tai chi)

The successful provider will also be required to complete monthly monitoring reports for the Rotherham Social prescribing Service.  Reports will include a monthly update of the progress of individuals referred to the group service.

If your organisation has not received funding from the Rotherham Social Prescribing Service in the past three years you will be required to complete a Quality Assurance form before a funding agreement can be offered.

The application form can be downloaded here.

Alternatively, you can send an email to  Please write ‘Application to deliver SPS Complementary Therapy Pathway Group’ in the subject header of your email.  You will then be sent an application form to complete and return.

The deadline for the return of application forms is Friday 30th August 2019. 

The successful organisation will be notified by Wednesday 18th September 2019. Unsuccessful organisations will be notified by 30th September 2019.

For more information or an informal chat, call Barry Knowles on 01709 723098.