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 [...]
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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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
Social prescribing for young people – integrating arts, culture, and heritage, physical activity, green spaces and nature and life advice into health and social careFrancesca Baker2021-08-26T09:46:51+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 [...]
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 [...]
From aerial silks to ambles in the park – how social prescribing is helping individuals and communities thriveFrancesca Baker2021-07-23T13:41:27+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 [...]
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 [...]