Treacle – Helping you through those sticky times

2021-09-08T16:31:23+01:00

I am an Advanced Nurse Practitioner working in Primary Care, and in 2020, during the first national lockdown I became increasingly frustrated at the lack of any one site where I could go to find social prescribing help for my patients.  So I set about building one. Initially the idea was something small, to solve the problem myself and my colleagues were having, keeping up to date with the fast pace of change as organisations closed and new ones opened as lockdown life kicked in.  However it very soon became clear that the problems we were having in [...]

Treacle – Helping you through those sticky times2021-09-08T16:31:23+01:00

Bring your communities to life with a magical Window Wanderland!

2021-08-24T16:37:41+01:00

How uplifting it was in Spring 2020 to see rainbow paintings popping up in windows everywhere! Since then we've all grown to recognise just how useful windows can be to connect with our communities and loved ones.     The team at Window Wanderland, an award-winning social enterprise, has been helping communities to create window art galleries for their neighbourhoods to enjoy since 2015.      Born out of social isolation and a need to connect to the local community, Window Wanderland increases community engagement, improves wellbeing through creativity and reducing loneliness. Here’s the feedback from our organisers in 2020/21:    100% state that Wanderlands bring  the community together - especially [...]

Bring your communities to life with a magical Window Wanderland!2021-08-24T16:37:41+01:00

Music will help more people living with dementia, thanks to new funding for social prescribing

2021-08-19T09:24:03+01:00

  Music can help reduce the often-distressing symptoms of dementia, for example 40% reduction in depression levels through regular singing in care settings. It can also improve quality of life, creating moments of joy by bringing people into the here and now. New funding from Music for Dementia and the National Academy for Social Prescribing will help more people benefit from the power of music and social prescribing by providing grants to organisations delivering musical services for people with dementia. New funding will allow more people with dementia to benefit from the power of music through specially designed programmes including singing, [...]

Music will help more people living with dementia, thanks to new funding for social prescribing2021-08-19T09:24:03+01:00

From Couch to Financial Fitness: New programme launched to help the UK build their money muscles

2021-08-09T13:23:19+01:00

New MoneyHelper service launches online programme to boost UK’s financial fitness As it reports 1.2 million more visits to money guidance websites during the pandemic Nation urged to start building financial wellbeing at pivotal time for personal finances A new online programme inspired by the popular step-by-step training app, ‘Couch to 5K’, has been launched today to help people build back their financial fitness during the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘Couch to Financial Fitness’, available on the recently launched MoneyHelper website, coaches people to improve their financial wellbeing week by week, whether they are a complete beginner or getting back on track, in [...]

From Couch to Financial Fitness: New programme launched to help the UK build their money muscles2021-08-09T13:23:19+01:00

Social prescribing for young people – integrating arts, culture, and heritage, physical activity, green spaces and nature and life advice into health and social care

2021-08-26T09:46:51+01:00

Three quarters of mental health difficulties occur before the age of 25, and half before the age of 14 (Kessler et al., 2005). Early intervention can have positive effects on outcomes (e.g. Correll et al., 2018), yet children and young people are less likely to seek support from mental health services (Rickwood, Deane & Wilson, 2007).  But, many organisations believe that social prescribing activities can help young people and adults, and the people who support them, to manage and improve their health and wellbeing in ways that are enjoyable and engaging.  It’s something artist and National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) Ambassador Ashton Attzs is passionate about and discussed [...]

Social prescribing for young people – integrating arts, culture, and heritage, physical activity, green spaces and nature and life advice into health and social care2021-08-26T09:46:51+01:00

Connecting link workers to the community fabric

2021-08-09T13:44:02+01:00

Following their piece published in April, we're hearing again from Croydon Voluntary Action about how they are helping their Social Prescribing Link Workers connect with the community. Relationship and community are crucial. Dr Julian Abel says “They are fundamental to our health. If this was a tablet, it would be an absolute medical miracle.” (Pinker (2015), The Village Effect). In Croydon we’ve been hosting virtual ‘Meet Your Link Worker’ events across the borough, asking social prescribing link workers from each locality to co-host. We put the call out to local people and organisations to hear about their experiences [...]

Connecting link workers to the community fabric2021-08-09T13:44:02+01:00

Talking Tables by Friends@Chorley

2021-08-09T13:45:17+01:00

Hayley Hughes at Chorley Council tells us about their befriending service Friends for You. At Chorley we have a fantastic befriending service called Friends for You. This group supports 180 people every week (including during the pandemic) with regular contact. From the feedback we know that people are anxious about getting back out of the house and having company, as unfortunately people have also experienced loss in their social and family groups. Confidence has reduced so they need help and support in be able to make social connections again.  Friends@Chorley have worked with local cafes, including some community [...]

Talking Tables by Friends@Chorley2021-08-09T13:45:17+01:00
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