Social prescribing connects people experiencing loneliness and social isolation, to support individuals and communities recovering from the pandemic

2021-06-16T16:09:35+01:00

Isolation and loneliness has been a key issue during the pandemic, with 7.2% of adults reporting loneliness from Oct 2020 – Feb 2021  The impact of loneliness on health – physical and mental – is significant   Across the country innovative social prescribing projects are connecting people to improve outcomes and transform lives  The National Academy for Social Prescribing is playing a key role in supporting work in this area by working with key partners through its Thriving Communities Programme  Loneliness is one of the biggest challenges of our time, affecting people of all ages and background (Campaign to End Loneliness) and has been exacerbated by COVID-19. Since spring 2020, when the first national lockdown began, levels of [...]

Social prescribing connects people experiencing loneliness and social isolation, to support individuals and communities recovering from the pandemic2021-06-16T16:09:35+01:00

Pilot programme in Southwark & Merton shows significant need for cross-sector working to support social prescribing

2021-07-13T11:47:44+01:00

Carly Annable-Coop, programme manager at Performing Medicine, an initiative from charity Clod Ensemble, provides art-based workforce training programmes across the health and social care sector.   As interest, awareness and certainly the need for social prescribing becomes ever more important, as does the need to connect the different professional groups involved, and to facilitate access to a rich array of arts and cultural social prescribing offers, Performing Medicine recently led a successful pilot project across the London boroughs of Southwark and Merton in which we scoped, designed and delivered a workforce development programme for the three professional groups involved in social prescribing [...]

Pilot programme in Southwark & Merton shows significant need for cross-sector working to support social prescribing2021-07-13T11:47:44+01:00

Over 600 pieces of artwork created in lockdown will form new nationwide exhibition to highlight the power of art on health and wellbeing

2021-06-15T10:18:05+01:00

Art by Post participants. Credits (L-R): Kate Elliott; Kate Elliott; Eoin Carey Art by Post: Unlocking creativity for our wellbeing launches at the Southbank Centre this September before touring nationwide for five months Creative responses from over 4,500 Art by Post participants have been selected and carefully curated for this one-of-a-kind exhibition The ambitious project is delivered in partnership with the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) and supported by leading international health bodies, including the World Health Organisation, as well as 13 delivery partners and over 150 domestic referral partners The announcement comes as the Southbank Centre makes [...]

Over 600 pieces of artwork created in lockdown will form new nationwide exhibition to highlight the power of art on health and wellbeing2021-06-15T10:18:05+01:00

Dr Hills’ Casebook – combining heritage, arts and wellbeing through creative activities

2021-06-09T16:24:46+01:00

The Restoration Trust began the Dr Hills' Casebook project at the beginning of May 2020, connecting with people wanting to find out more about participating in a project that combined heritage, arts and wellbeing focused through creative activities.  By early July 2020 thirteen people, many of whom were referred through the South Norfolk & Broadland Councils – Community Connectors social prescribing service, had signed up to take part in Dr Hills Casebook, all of whom are participants still engaged to date.   Dr Hills' Casebook, is a project that combines history, mental health, creative writing and theatre. A partnership between the Restoration Trust, Norfolk Record Office, South Norfolk Council and UpShoot Theatre Company. It [...]

Dr Hills’ Casebook – combining heritage, arts and wellbeing through creative activities2021-06-09T16:24:46+01:00

Musical Memories – Elevenses

2021-06-09T16:01:49+01:00

Established in 2016 Musical Memories is a not for profit organisation based in Ryedale North Yorkshire,  created to give older people the opportunity to sing together and enjoy each other’s company with the aim of combatting loneliness and isolation. Never has this been more needed than in the past tumultuous year. When the COVID 19 pandemic struck in March 2020 MM quickly pivoted from delivering live in-person sessions in the community, ‘tooled-up’ and ‘up-skilled’ to create an online service and since then has delivered over 180  livestreamed sessions with over 25,000 views, reaching people in all parts of [...]

Musical Memories – Elevenses2021-06-09T16:01:49+01:00

Advice4Renters – helping private renters across London

2021-06-08T11:46:18+01:00

Advice4Renters are the only advice agency dedicated to private renters across the capital. Supporting Londoners in housing need for over thirty years. Read about their social prescribing services below: What support can social prescribing link workers access for their clients? We have developed a suite of complementary services to support the work of social prescribing including: Support for clients with money worries A mentoring and befriending service How does social prescribing fit into your core work? Our overarching aim is to improve health and wellbeing.  We see at first hand the impact on people’s health from living in [...]

Advice4Renters – helping private renters across London2021-06-08T11:46:18+01:00

Making Caring Visible and Valued (Carers Week 7-15 June 2021)

2021-06-08T11:49:50+01:00

Carers’ Week is the opportunity to think about the millions of family members and friends looking – unpaid - after people who couldn’t manage without their support. Although their efforts are often taken for granted, or completely unnoticed, if their help had to be replaced by the state, analysis1 in 2015 suggests the bill would be more than £132 billion - basically the cost of a second NHS! The pandemic and lockdowns have increased the pressures on carers: Carers UK’s second Covid survey, in October 2020, showed that 4 in 5 carers (81%) were providing more care than before lockdown. Most [...]

Making Caring Visible and Valued (Carers Week 7-15 June 2021)2021-06-08T11:49:50+01:00

Volunteers’ Week: The power of volunteering across local communities

2021-06-04T14:35:08+01:00

My organisation, Burnley Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service (BPRCVS) formed in 1935 and has celebrated volunteer’s week for many years. Volunteers’ week in the UK was started in 1984 by Volunteer England and is now coordinated by NCVO (national council for voluntary organisations). It has, every year, provided a more formal and marked occasion and opportunity to say a massive thank you to the 1000s of people who give their time (and very often money) to help others who are less fortunate. They can volunteer for larger and better-known organisations such as the NHS or Age UK, but often [...]

Volunteers’ Week: The power of volunteering across local communities2021-06-04T14:35:08+01:00

Podcast on Prescription with Kamal Hyman Ellis

2021-06-03T14:07:46+01:00

On our latest episode of Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil speaks to motivational speaker and spoken word artist, Kamal Ellis-Hyman.  With a passion for raising young people’s aspirations regardless of their circumstances. He has been a Youth MP for Peterborough, an Olympic Torchbearer and was awarded Peter Jones’ National Entrepreneur of the Year. Kamal founded Aim A Little Higher, and delivers assemblies, workshops and programmes based around themes of self-awareness, clarity of purpose and work ethic working with over 40,000 students across the UK.   Kamal himself transformed from performing less well than he wanted to in his mocks GCSEs to achieving 7A’s & 2A*’s and he now uses [...]

Podcast on Prescription with Kamal Hyman Ellis2021-06-03T14:07:46+01:00

Listen on – how listening to music helped me through lockdown

2021-06-01T16:31:34+01:00

Jim Thomas, @Longhouseman Head of Workforce Capacity and Transformation at Skills for Care, tells us how listening to music through lockdown has helped his mental health. If music be the food of wellbeing - listen on. I know my quote is not exactly right, and I’m sure that Shakespeare fans will be bouncing up and down in their chairs but given the traumas of the last year I wanted to share one of the things that’s kept me going through loss, change, frustration, humour, lockdowns and, yes, love too. So why focus on the role of music? Close [...]

Listen on – how listening to music helped me through lockdown2021-06-01T16:31:34+01:00
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