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What’s cooking? A visit to Thrive Haringey

2021-11-16T12:47:30+00:00

On a cold November Friday what could be more nourishing than a chicken ramen? How about a chicken ramen cooked by children from an estate in Haringey, where it wasn’t just the flavours that mattered, but the connections, community, and sheer enjoyment? The work that the National Academy for Social Prescribing do matters. But we only see just how much when we’re spending time with those people who are engaging in the activity and programmes. On a visit to Bridge Renewal Trust to hear more about what they are doing as part of as part of Thriving Communities Fund social prescribing [...]

What’s cooking? A visit to Thrive Haringey2021-11-16T12:47:30+00:00

National Academy for Social Prescribing opens new office at Southbank Centre

2021-11-12T12:40:22+00:00

Thursday 11 November 2021 was a special day for the National Academy for Social Prescribing. Just over two years on from the organisation’s inception, we opened our new offices at the Southbank Centre.  The ribbon to the office was cut by Chair of NASP, Helen Stokes Lampard, and Elaine Bedell,  Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre, who were joined by James Sanderson, CEO at NASP.  It builds on the work that has already been done through programmes such as Art by Post, and cements a partnership that is committed to the social prescribing agenda, with a particular focus on arts, creativity and culture.   James Sanderson, CEO of NASP, says “We're so [...]

National Academy for Social Prescribing opens new office at Southbank Centre2021-11-12T12:40:22+00:00

Getting veteran friendly accredited shows your veteran patients that you understand and care

2021-11-16T12:09:40+00:00

Ashlee Manning is a social prescribing GP link worker for Herts Help.  She is also an Armed Forces veteran. As a veteran, I found adjusting to civilian life difficult.  I joined the army at 16.  When I left in my 20s I felt ill-prepared and didn’t know how to explain what I’d been through to friends and family.  I didn’t know what support was out there and how to ask for help. There are 2.2 million veterans like me in England.  Yet around half of GP practices don’t know how many veterans they have - simply because they aren’t aware of [...]

Getting veteran friendly accredited shows your veteran patients that you understand and care2021-11-16T12:09:40+00:00

Crocodiles in the community – a day with The Health Tree

2021-10-28T18:24:17+01:00

Joshua Ryan, Head of Thriving Communities visited The Health Tree, a Thriving Communities funded project, and was informed, inspired, and entertained. I’m sat in a hall with about sixty people, and we all have our arms out in front us, furiously snapping away like crocodiles. We’re, obviously, trying to tell someone through the medium of mime that their handbag has been eaten by a crocodile. There’s laughter in the air. The atmosphere is pure joy. It is a community of people, revelling in the chance to finally be together again. This is the Health Tree, one of 37 Thriving Communities projects [...]

Crocodiles in the community – a day with The Health Tree2021-10-28T18:24:17+01:00

Hear what we want – raising young people’s voices through social prescribing

2021-10-28T18:25:06+01:00

We don’t talk about love enough. Or relationships. Or even sex. Despite being a fundamental part of life, it’s still something of a taboo. The Her Centre and Tramshed theatre in Greenwich, London are seeking to challenge that with their  social prescribing project, supported by the Thriving Communities Fund. We visited their event for funders and partners, titled Her Centre's Open Forum: Hear What We Want - Young People & Relationships to hear more about what they’ve been doing and how they are changing lives. Social prescribing isn’t just knitting for older people, or gentle yoga in the park. It’s a [...]

Hear what we want – raising young people’s voices through social prescribing2021-10-28T18:25:06+01:00

Social prescribing helps individuals connect to their communities for better mental health

2021-10-05T16:29:31+01:00

World Mental Health Day 2021 on Sunday 10 October The theme is ‘Mental health care for all: let's make it a reality’ Social prescribing focuses on ‘what matters to me’ and involves social prescribing link workers spending time with a person, and getting to understand their individual needs Social prescribing link workers and other healthcare professionals are helping people and patients improve their health by prescribing access to activities in their community COVID-19 has shown us all how important mental health is. The World Health Organisation who coordinate World Mental Health Day every year are calling on countries around the world [...]

Social prescribing helps individuals connect to their communities for better mental health2021-10-05T16:29:31+01:00

Finding what works for me at a visit to Thriving Communities Fund project

2021-09-28T12:36:25+01:00

Dulcie Alexander, Thriving Communities Fund Programme Manager spent an afternoon with one of the Thriving Communities funded project partners, at a Dance for Mood Boosting. It prompted her to reflect both on what is working for the funded projects, and what works for her own mental health and wellbeing. Last weekend, before watching my cousin make the massive achievement of running the Brighton Marathon for Mind, I attended a Dance for Mood Boosting session on the Hangleton & Knoll Estate in Hove, part of the Prescribe to Thrive offer from Robin Hood Health Foundation. Supported by the Thriving Communities Fund, I [...]

Finding what works for me at a visit to Thriving Communities Fund project2021-09-28T12:36:25+01:00

Can the Olympics inspire a healthcare revolution?

2021-09-07T14:09:28+01:00

New playbook shows how social prescribing can help to reverse global decline in physical activity by connecting us to activities in our area  The Olympics has showcased the benefits of teamwork, determination and feeling connected, and well as to our health and wellbeing – inspiring nations around the world to get involved  However, Sport England’s 2019-20 Active Lives Adults survey showed that higher socio-economic groups are more likely to be active than lower socio-economic groups.  Recent Lancet research suggests that global physical activity is in dangerous decline.   Social prescribing links people to a range of activities in the community, such as sports clubs, culture and heritage, nature and green spaces, and financial wellbeing  Social Prescribing Global Alliance’s playbook provides examples of how [...]

Can the Olympics inspire a healthcare revolution?2021-09-07T14:09:28+01:00

New programme launches to fuel innovation in social prescribing

2021-09-02T11:30:08+01:00

Demand for social prescribing services is expected to increase following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic New programme will help national voluntary organisations harness innovation to help support people across the country through social prescribing Designed to bring together national organisations to share resources, skills and experience between themselves and local organisations Aims to increase opportunities for people impacted by health inequalities and COVID-19 to access social prescribing activities. A new programme has been launched to help national voluntary organisations from across multiple sectors particularly financial wellbeing, arts, nature and physical activity to work together alongside local communities to increase the [...]

New programme launches to fuel innovation in social prescribing2021-09-02T11:30:08+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
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