“Delivering a social revolution in health and wellbeing”  – Global Social Prescribing Alliance

2021-02-25T14:43:30+00:00

"Delivering a social revolution in health and wellbeing" Global Social Prescribing Alliance (GSPA)  Thriving Together SDG3 Good Health & Wellbeing WHIS, UNGSII, NASP, WHO   A global health alliance dedicated to raising awareness of social prescribing by forming alliances, working with others and sharing innovative approaches to “enable thriving communities to deliver a social revolution in their health and wellbeing while generating value”. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has pushed the world’s health systems, health workforce (we face a 18m shortfall by 2030 BMJ), social and political systems to their limits, and sometimes beyond. It has also exposed underlying health inequality and [...]

“Delivering a social revolution in health and wellbeing”  – Global Social Prescribing Alliance2021-02-25T14:43:30+00:00

The National Academy for Social Prescribing is seeking new Trustees

2021-03-29T10:32:21+01:00

We are looking for Trustees who will bring a wealth of skills and experiences to compliment the existing board. In particular we are looking for individuals who are able to bring knowledge in the following areas: A financial background to undertake a focused role as Treasurer Commercial experience Local government experience and links to public sector delivery Extensive charity and/or voluntary sector experience We are especially keen to welcome applications across a diverse set of backgrounds.  Read here for more information. Applications have now closed.

The National Academy for Social Prescribing is seeking new Trustees2021-03-29T10:32:21+01:00

The Healing Power of Heritage

2021-04-09T14:43:03+01:00

Dr Desi Gradinarova, Senior Policy Adviser for Wellbeing and Inclusion at Historic England and National Lead for the Historic Environment at National Academy for Social Prescribing, invites us to reconnect with our local heritage. In this first blog of a series of three, she shows us how our historic environment can help us be healthy, feel good and stay positive. In these bleak winter days of isolation, we need more than hope to maintain our strength, perseverance and humanity. We need inspiration. One of the unexpected consequences of the current pandemic is that people connected more with their local heritage during [...]

The Healing Power of Heritage2021-04-09T14:43:03+01:00

Share and Care Homeshare – providing affordable companionship and help

2021-02-23T10:23:53+00:00

Share and Care Homeshare was established in 2006 to address a growing need for affordable companionship and practical help. Below is what inspired Caroline Cooke to launch this very helpful initiative. When my father was diagnosed with dementia my mother was his primary carer, which left her feeling low, tired and isolated, despite the support of family and friends. Being his carer was a tiring role, particularly as his illness progressed. My mother did not want to leave him alone at home for more than brief periods. She became very restricted and had to rely on friends and [...]

Share and Care Homeshare – providing affordable companionship and help2021-02-23T10:23:53+00:00

Link worker guides: musical social prescriptions

2021-02-18T09:37:12+00:00

Two new guides are leading the way in showing link workers how to use music as part of a social prescription when working with people living with dementia. Music for Dementia have produced a comprehensive Link Worker Guides, with our support. These guides explain how link workers can assess music needs and signpost people to music-based activities and services. While they are primarily written for link workers, they will also provide an insight into the subject for people who are assigned a link worker, as well as their carers and family members. The full-length guide includes a wealth of information, including: details of [...]

Link worker guides: musical social prescriptions2021-02-18T09:37:12+00:00

Fostering ‘Response-ability’

2021-02-15T11:00:32+00:00

Maintaining Resilience and Wellbeing in the face of a public health crisis: Fostering ‘Response-ability’ by remembering that we are capable of choosing our response to challenging situations. This is based on Epictetus’ understanding that ‘People are disturbed not by things but by the view they take of them.’ Hence, the key to emotional intelligence and wellbeing is not to avoid challenging situations; but rather to choose an effective attitude towards them. This insight is the basis of the A-B-C Model of Emotional Health: ‘A’ = the ‘Activating Event’ eg. Change in working patterns due to the corona virus [...]

Fostering ‘Response-ability’2021-02-15T11:00:32+00:00

Making a change: a recipe for social prescribing in 2021 – add one good thing

2021-04-09T14:47:34+01:00

As we begin a new year, Dr Radha Modgil, GP, broadcaster, author and Social Prescribing Ambassador reflects on what steps we can make to improve our wellbeing, and what key 3 ingredients go into social prescribing. In this second blog in a series of 3, she reflects on how one good thing can have a huge impact…. People inspire me, communities inspire me. And 2020, even though probably the hardest year any of us have lived through, also inspired me. I have seen so many examples of community leaders, community groups and individuals making such a huge difference to people. And [...]

Making a change: a recipe for social prescribing in 2021 – add one good thing2021-04-09T14:47:34+01:00

Getting involved in my community turned my life around

2021-06-01T12:22:43+01:00

About four years ago, I was sitting at home contemplating the fact that I had nothing to look forward to other than really waiting to die. I was a full-time carer to my very disabled husband and had significant health problems such as COPD, asthma and angina and had totally written myself off. I couldn’t be bothered to go out, to see anyone, to engage with anyone, and on reflection I think I was probably very very depressed. The only activity that I had which I enjoyed was taking my little dog, Pip, who was a registered pets [...]

Getting involved in my community turned my life around2021-06-01T12:22:43+01:00

Harnessing scientific evidence to power the future of social prescribing  

2021-02-08T11:51:09+00:00

Leading researchers in the field of social prescribing are being brought together to ensure that evidence of the impact of social prescribing is accessible, useful and compelling, the National Academy for Social Prescribing has announced today. As outlined in the Academy’s Strategic Plan, A Social Revolution in Wellbeing, there is a large and growing evidence base supporting the benefits of social prescribing for people’s health and wellbeing, however it is not comprehensive nor always easy to access. This poses an obstacle to the future growth of social prescribing at a time when demand is growing, especially to support those most impacted by [...]

Harnessing scientific evidence to power the future of social prescribing  2021-02-08T11:51:09+00:00

Making a change: a recipe for social prescribing in 2021 – the power in connecting

2021-04-09T14:46:17+01:00

As we head into a new year, Dr Radha Modgil, GP, broadcaster, author and Social Prescribing Ambassador reflects on what steps we can make to improve our wellbeing, and what key 3 ingredients go into social prescribing. In this blog, the first in a series of 3, she reflects on the power in connecting…. When we see a change in other people’s lives or an improvement in their wellbeing, we often assume it happened overnight and wonder how they did it. ‘They must have done it all by themselves’ ‘Wow… They are amazing. I could never do that’ ‘What changed? The [...]

Making a change: a recipe for social prescribing in 2021 – the power in connecting2021-04-09T14:46:17+01:00
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