Tom Watkins of Communities 1st announced as Thriving Communities Lead for the East Region

2021-07-30T11:54:18+01:00

The National Academy for Social Prescribing is delighted to announce that Tom Watkins of Communities 1st will be Thriving Communities Lead for the East Region.  Communities 1st are a voluntary sector infrastructure organisation; CVS, Volunteer Centre, Wellbeing Services and Voluntary support organisation based in Hertfordshire. Prior to taking on the role for NASP Tom has worked here leading the Volunteer Centre team as Volunteering Development manager since 2019. They have been awarded a contract by NASP to build and deliver the Thriving Communities programme across the East of England region.   Thriving Communities is the National Support Programme initiated by NASP in response to the impact and challenges caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. It’s aimed [...]

Tom Watkins of Communities 1st announced as Thriving Communities Lead for the East Region2021-07-30T11:54:18+01:00

Jōbu – working out for charity

2021-08-09T16:03:08+01:00

Bruce Eley, founder of Jōbu, tells us about how he founded the social enterprise, and about the 'nudges' which can help motivate people to exercise. Why workout for charity? As a believer in how outdoor social physical activity can help people’s physical, mental and social wellbeing I set out on a mission with my son  to study how we can motivate people from all backgrounds and abilities to more active more often.  Luckily, University of Bath is on our doorstep. We ran into Dr Gareth Wiltshire who helped us dive into the realm of research studies and social science. We [...]

Jōbu – working out for charity2021-08-09T16:03:08+01:00

From aerial silks to ambles in the park – how social prescribing is helping individuals and communities thrive

2021-07-23T13:41:27+01:00

“A very special moment was seeing Marion, 95, swinging freely from an aerial silk hammock and laughing while suspended in the air for the very first time.” Physical activity and exercise is now offered as part of social prescribing as an important way for people to manage their health conditions It will help support people to stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing NASP’s Thriving Communities Programme has funded sports and physical activity projects to help individuals and communities tackle loneliness, improve wellbeing and recover from COVID-19 Everything from aerial silks to dementia friendly swimming, walking football to beginners bowls [...]

From aerial silks to ambles in the park – how social prescribing is helping individuals and communities thrive2021-07-23T13:41:27+01:00

Sport on! Sunderland’s Social Prescribing Partnership’s approach to physical activity

2021-08-09T16:03:44+01:00

Sunderland’s Thriving Communities partnership is always looking at ways to push the boundaries when it comes to movement and sport. We all know the physical and mental health benefits and have seen first-hand the improvements that physical activity can have on individual and community health. Sunderland Social Prescribing Manager, Vicki Kennedy says: ‘We want to continually challenge the norms around ageing and disability and have been testing creative innovative physical activities for everyone. We’ve programmed silent disco’s for children with special educational needs and disabilities, dance for those at risk of trips and falls and last year even [...]

Sport on! Sunderland’s Social Prescribing Partnership’s approach to physical activity2021-08-09T16:03:44+01:00

Green social prescribing pilot gets people back outdoors in Plymouth

2021-08-09T16:04:08+01:00

As part of the Green Social Prescribing project in Plymouth, Argyle Community Trust are currently delivering a range of weekly activities which aim to encourage people from the local community to become more physically active and get back into the great outdoors. The project is based in the largest park in Plymouth, Central Park, which has a range of types of nature, as well as sports and recreation opportunities for all interests. There are a variety of activities provided to ensure a wide cross section of the local community can be engaged with including older people at risk [...]

Green social prescribing pilot gets people back outdoors in Plymouth2021-08-09T16:04:08+01:00

On the podcast: Daz Dooler

2021-07-19T12:00:35+01:00

In the last episode of the current season of Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil speaks to social prescribing link worker Darren (Daz) Dooler. Daz Dooler has worked for Live Well Wakefield for 18 months as a ‘Self Help Support Worker’. Having become involved in the Expert Patients Programme (formerly part of South West Yorkshire Partnership) and completing the General Self-Management Community Course, he moved forward to become a volunteer for the service and trained to become a tutor. He then went on to become a governor at SWYFT and started his own community group The S.M.a.S.H Society. Here he ensures [...]

On the podcast: Daz Dooler2021-07-19T12:00:35+01:00

Freedom to Be – supporting shielding patients with creativity

2021-08-09T16:05:12+01:00

The Freedom to Be programme was rapidly co-designed and delivered by the Free Space Project in the summer of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, in response to an urgent request by two GPs to support “shielding” patients in Camden. These patients were defined at being at high risk of complications if they were to contract Coronavirus, and therefore extremely vulnerable and were required to shield and self-isolate. The Free Space Project are the in-house arts and community charity based within Kentish Town Health Centre in London. The charity came together with GPs across two of their supporting surgeries to creatively [...]

Freedom to Be – supporting shielding patients with creativity2021-08-09T16:05:12+01:00

Social prescribing brings football home to communities

2021-07-13T12:35:43+01:00

Football projects through the Thriving Communities Programme Fund are helping individuals and communities tackle loneliness, improve wellbeing and recover from COVID-19  It will help support people to stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing   Social prescribing sees football being offered as a tool to manage health conditions  As footballing stars take to the pitch for the final of the European Football Championships, and fans gather round to enjoy the camaraderie of getting behind the national team, we’re reminded of just how powerful football can be.   And across the country the benefits of football are being seen at a grassroots level, through innovative social prescribing projects.  Social prescribing is the process of a [...]

Social prescribing brings football home to communities2021-07-13T12:35:43+01:00

Cycle Happy – getting people back on their bikes

2021-08-09T16:05:44+01:00

Stephen Matthews, Founder of Cycle Happy, tells us how he came up with the idea and what the charity hopes to achieve. I came up with the idea of Cycle Happy during the second lockdown of the Covid 19 pandemic. Cycle Happy is a registered charity offering cycling activities to improve health and wellbeing, forming a small but important part of a person’s wellbeing plan by offering the support for people to enter the outdoors in a structured and safe way. Cycling for me was an activity that was linked to my childhood, but I re-found my love [...]

Cycle Happy – getting people back on their bikes2021-08-09T16:05:44+01:00

MPs and Peers to scrutinise the benefits of the natural environment on our health and wellbeing

2021-07-06T15:22:37+01:00

A new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Health and the Natural Environment has been established to investigate the benefits that connecting with the natural environment has on our health and wellbeing. The group, which is chaired by Alexander Stafford MP, will investigate: The impact and benefits of nature to peoples’ health and wellbeing particularly those most heavily impacted by COVID or from disadvantage areas. The challenges and barriers to helping more people access the natural environment more regularly, especially those from disadvantaged areas, and what changes in policy and provision are required. How we might build resilience in local communities, by looking [...]

MPs and Peers to scrutinise the benefits of the natural environment on our health and wellbeing2021-07-06T15:22:37+01:00
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