What does the evidence say about social prescribing and mental health?

2022-06-28T10:19:47+01:00

With the Government planning a new 10-year mental health strategy, we have published an evidence note on social prescribing and mental health. The evidence included suggests that: Social prescribing can play an important role in addressing common mental health difficulties. Befriending services, practical information including financial advice, community activities, arts and culture activities, physical activities, and activities that involve or take place in nature can help alleviate loneliness, stress, mild to moderate depression and anxiety. While there is a lot of varied evidence to show the benefits of social prescribing, more research is needed – particularly with the groups of [...]

What does the evidence say about social prescribing and mental health?2022-06-28T10:19:47+01:00

‘In the forces – you walk across the barracks and can immediately speak to a doctor. Civilian life is much more complicated’

2022-06-24T09:44:05+01:00

Meet Ashlee, former member of the armed forces and social prescribing link worker, who is on a mission to help veterans get the support they need. Saturday – National Armed Forces Day – The National Academy for Social Prescribing is spotlighting the pioneering work of Hertfordshire based veteran and social prescribing link worker, Ashlee. Ashlee left the army feeling prepared for whatever life had to throw at her. She’d been trained to be able to deal with life or death situations, surely civilian life would be easy? But - leaving her exit interview armed only with a thin plastic folder of [...]

‘In the forces – you walk across the barracks and can immediately speak to a doctor. Civilian life is much more complicated’2022-06-24T09:44:05+01:00

Student Champions spread the word about social prescribing

2022-06-17T17:43:34+01:00

We are delighted to welcome a new committee of 23 students to the National Social Prescribing Student Champions Scheme.  The Scheme was set up by medical students in 2016. Since then, more than 350 Champions have engaged with over 20,000 medical students, allied healthcare professionals, young doctors and trainees, spreading the word about social prescribing and helping to ensure that it is part of the curricula at universities across the UK.  We have supported the scheme since our formation as a charity, alongside NHS England and Improvement, the Social Prescribing Network and the College of Medicine.  We offer bursaries to 23 [...]

Student Champions spread the word about social prescribing2022-06-17T17:43:34+01:00

Befriending Networks

2022-06-24T17:26:41+01:00

Befriending Networks are the national intermediary and network for Befriending organisations in the UK: the only UK organisation to offer specific befriending advice, information, and a recognised Quality in Befriending award, alongside befriending specific training. This is achieved through our small but dynamic eight members of staff who provide a wide range of skills and experience, promoting strong volunteer management practices and governance. Established in 1980, our network has grown to support over 360-member organisations providing a wide range of befriending services. Our Purpose is to: Provide a high standard of information, training, and consultancy in relation to [...]

Befriending Networks2022-06-24T17:26:41+01:00

How do you deliver a volunteering programme, with wellbeing at its centre?

2022-06-08T15:36:31+01:00

The National Academy for Social Prescribing and the Royal Voluntary Service have published a guide to supportive volunteering for volunteer organisations . Yesterday, the National Academy for Social Prescribing [NASP] and the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) have published a guide to supportive volunteering for volunteer organisations called: ‘7 steps to wellbeing through volunteering: How to link to social prescribing’[1]. With volunteering associated with a raft of health and wellbeing benefits, including reduced loneliness and improved mental health [2], it is clear that well designed, supportive volunteering roles have a key part to play in social prescribing delivery. However, it is [...]

How do you deliver a volunteering programme, with wellbeing at its centre?2022-06-08T15:36:31+01:00
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