‘We Are Undefeatable’ – overcoming barriers to physical activity


Overcoming barriers to physical activity and how social prescribing could be the solution I’m Michelle Roberts, and I work for a group of health and care charities (The Richmond Group of Charities) overseeing a programme that aims to support people living with long-term conditions to be active. We’re coming to the end of a long, cold January and as is customary at this time of year, many of us have considered creating new habits over the last month; in particular many of us will have toyed with idea of increasing the amount of physical activity we do. For some of [...]

‘We Are Undefeatable’ – overcoming barriers to physical activity2022-02-01T12:08:23+00:00

Podcast on Prescription: Financial Wellbeing


This week Dr. Radha Modgil will discuss the extremely important topic of financial wellbeing. Often a taboo subject, discussing our finances can be awkward for a lot of us. Often, not talking about money can have a devastating impact on our mental health. This week, Dr Radha will talk to three special guests about the connection between financial wellbeing and our mental and physical health. Our first guest, Iona Bain is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, speaker and author, and is the UK’s go-to voice on millennial money. Since founding the pioneering Young Money Blog in 2011, she’s gone on to [...]

Podcast on Prescription: Financial Wellbeing2022-01-20T18:06:56+00:00

FoodCycle – bringing people together to share surplus food and conversation


The Accelerating Innovation in Social Prescribing community of practice brings together voluntary organisations with national reach who can support social prescribing provision, help address health inequalities, and aid COVID-19 recovery strategies. Part of our Community of Practice, FoodCycle’s Head of Programmes, Karen Hamilton, tells us about the work the charity does to support wellbeing. FoodCycle connects communities by bringing people together to share food and conversation. Week in, week out, thousands of volunteers across the country transform surplus food into healthy, delicious meals for anyone that needs them, no questions asked. Food poverty and loneliness are growing issues, [...]

FoodCycle – bringing people together to share surplus food and conversation2022-01-19T13:06:25+00:00

Accelerating Innovation- It’s your programme!


The whole idea of the Accelerating Innovation Programme is to help you do more in social prescribing. So we’ve been talking to some of you who’ve signed up to the Community of Practice and look forward to getting to know more of you as the programme develops this year. So what have we learnt? First and foremost, there’s a great deal of amazing work already happening. What’s lacking are shared measures of success and methods of evaluating interventions. As a result, it can be difficult to get your projects properly recognised by Link Workers and others in the NHS. Many of [...]

Accelerating Innovation- It’s your programme!2022-01-18T14:39:04+00:00

Forgotten Veterans


Forgotten Veterans UK (FVUK) is a Portsmouth based charity, supporting those currently serving in the armed forces, veterans and their families nationally throughout the UK, and within the PO1 to PO6 postcode areas.  At Historic England’s Fort Cumberland site (Grade II listed 18th c. artillery fortification and a Scheduled Monument) the local section of the charity Forgotten Veterans utilised the potential of the fabulous location and the local military heritage to build a Respite Centre for Veterans and their families - a unique facility that has helped hundreds of veterans since its establishment in 2018. Forgotten Veterans have leased and successfully restored several historic casemates [...]

Forgotten Veterans2022-01-25T11:19:45+00:00

Thriving Communities Fund: supporting communities through challenging times


During a challenging couple of years, where many individuals and communities have been facing tough times, those working in social prescribing have really demonstrated their value and impact by changing lives – in small ways and big ways. The 36 social prescribing projects funded by the Thriving Communities Fund (from National Academy for Social Prescribing and Arts Council England, Historic England and Natural England, NHS England and Improvement, Sport England, the Money and Pensions Service and NHS Charities Together) have delivered innovative and varied activities and programmes that are making a real difference to people’s lives. From walking football to aerial [...]

Thriving Communities Fund: supporting communities through challenging times2022-01-17T10:07:30+00:00

Archaeology on Prescription


Archaeology on Prescription is a new, innovative social prescribing project that seeks to engage York’s residents in archaeology. It will improve people’s health and wellbeing, foster new social connections and improve confidence through the building of new skills and knowledge.  The project is currently being piloted by York Archaeology in the shadow of York’s city walls, on the City of York Council-owned site of a former care home. Whilst the project engages with people from all over the city, local residents, particularly those who live or have lived in the surrounding Walmgate area, are also being encouraged to get involved to help create the most detailed picture [...]

Archaeology on Prescription2022-01-14T11:22:42+00:00

Social Prescribing Link Workers- we need you!


The National Academy for Social Prescribing is looking to recruit link workers from across the country to help develop new resources. We want to deliver effective and easy to use portfolio resources for Social Prescribing Link Workers, in order to evidence professional development. We would like to recruit 2-5 Social Prescribing Link Workers in each region of England to either test these resources or provide feedback on their function. We estimate that we will need 6-8 hours of your time over the month of testing period, this would include any meetings, testing of materials and feedback. In return, you will receive [...]

Social Prescribing Link Workers- we need you!2022-01-13T11:57:25+00:00

Parent Voice – Better Connect in partnership with North Tyneside Carers Centre


Parent Voice is a key project in Better Connect, and North Tyneside Carers Centre (NTCC) are strategic partners in this social prescribing programme. Parent Voice focuses on using creative activities in new and mixed media as a platform to open up conversations with Parent Carers around ‘self’, who they as a person beyond being a parent and a carer. Initial focus group sessions highlighted a high need from Parent Carers who feel they have lost who they are as a person and want to reclaim their identity. Artists work alongside participants to help them engage with and explore [...]

Parent Voice – Better Connect in partnership with North Tyneside Carers Centre2022-01-12T16:31:38+00:00

NASP Chair Helen Stokes-Lampard made a Dame in New Year’s Honours


1st January 2022 We are delighted that our Chair of Trustees, Helen Stokes-Lampard, has been awarded a Damehood in the New Year’s Honours list. Helen is a GP Principal, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC, the body representing all Royal Colleges and Faculties), Chair of the Board of Trustees at the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) and Professor of GP Education. She was Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) until November 2019. James Sanderson, our Chief Executive, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to hear that Helen has been awarded a Damehood. This is hugely well [...]

NASP Chair Helen Stokes-Lampard made a Dame in New Year’s Honours2022-01-01T09:54:30+00:00
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