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Social prescribing connects people experiencing loneliness and social isolation, to support individuals and communities recovering from the pandemic

2021-06-16T16:09:35+01:00

Isolation and loneliness has been a key issue during the pandemic, with 7.2% of adults reporting loneliness from Oct 2020 – Feb 2021  The impact of loneliness on health – physical and mental – is significant   Across the country innovative social prescribing projects are connecting people to improve outcomes and transform lives  The National Academy for Social Prescribing is playing a key role in supporting work in this area by working with key partners through its Thriving Communities Programme  Loneliness is one of the biggest challenges of our time, affecting people of all ages and background (Campaign to End Loneliness) and has been exacerbated by COVID-19. Since spring 2020, when the first national lockdown began, levels of [...]

Social prescribing connects people experiencing loneliness and social isolation, to support individuals and communities recovering from the pandemic2021-06-16T16:09:35+01:00

Over 600 pieces of artwork created in lockdown will form new nationwide exhibition to highlight the power of art on health and wellbeing

2021-06-15T10:18:05+01:00

Art by Post participants. Credits (L-R): Kate Elliott; Kate Elliott; Eoin Carey Art by Post: Unlocking creativity for our wellbeing launches at the Southbank Centre this September before touring nationwide for five months Creative responses from over 4,500 Art by Post participants have been selected and carefully curated for this one-of-a-kind exhibition The ambitious project is delivered in partnership with the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) and supported by leading international health bodies, including the World Health Organisation, as well as 13 delivery partners and over 150 domestic referral partners The announcement comes as the Southbank Centre makes [...]

Over 600 pieces of artwork created in lockdown will form new nationwide exhibition to highlight the power of art on health and wellbeing2021-06-15T10:18:05+01:00

Making Caring Visible and Valued (Carers Week 7-15 June 2021)

2021-06-08T11:49:50+01:00

Carers’ Week is the opportunity to think about the millions of family members and friends looking – unpaid - after people who couldn’t manage without their support. Although their efforts are often taken for granted, or completely unnoticed, if their help had to be replaced by the state, analysis1 in 2015 suggests the bill would be more than £132 billion - basically the cost of a second NHS! The pandemic and lockdowns have increased the pressures on carers: Carers UK’s second Covid survey, in October 2020, showed that 4 in 5 carers (81%) were providing more care than before lockdown. Most [...]

Making Caring Visible and Valued (Carers Week 7-15 June 2021)2021-06-08T11:49:50+01:00

Volunteers’ Week: The power of volunteering across local communities

2021-06-04T14:35:08+01:00

My organisation, Burnley Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service (BPRCVS) formed in 1935 and has celebrated volunteer’s week for many years. Volunteers’ week in the UK was started in 1984 by Volunteer England and is now coordinated by NCVO (national council for voluntary organisations). It has, every year, provided a more formal and marked occasion and opportunity to say a massive thank you to the 1000s of people who give their time (and very often money) to help others who are less fortunate. They can volunteer for larger and better-known organisations such as the NHS or Age UK, but often [...]

Volunteers’ Week: The power of volunteering across local communities2021-06-04T14:35:08+01:00

Podcast on Prescription with Kamal Hyman Ellis

2021-06-03T14:07:46+01:00

On our latest episode of Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil speaks to motivational speaker and spoken word artist, Kamal Ellis-Hyman.  With a passion for raising young people’s aspirations regardless of their circumstances. He has been a Youth MP for Peterborough, an Olympic Torchbearer and was awarded Peter Jones’ National Entrepreneur of the Year. Kamal founded Aim A Little Higher, and delivers assemblies, workshops and programmes based around themes of self-awareness, clarity of purpose and work ethic working with over 40,000 students across the UK.   Kamal himself transformed from performing less well than he wanted to in his mocks GCSEs to achieving 7A’s & 2A*’s and he now uses [...]

Podcast on Prescription with Kamal Hyman Ellis2021-06-03T14:07:46+01:00

Social prescribing playbook launched at the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin, supporting social prescribing to spread globally 

2021-05-28T11:55:17+01:00

The National Academy for Social Prescribing, working as part of the Global Social Prescribing Alliance, has launched its ‘Good Health and Wellbeing - Social Prescribing’ Playbook at an international event today, demonstrating how to implement social prescribing as a revolutionary approach to improving health and wellbeing on a global scale.   The Playbook showcases best practices in social prescribing, and highlights shared learning that can support health systems around the world to navigate good health and wellbeing during and after the pandemic.   It builds on the momentum and vision set out by the global leaders through their Sustainable Development Goals to ‘leave no one behind’, launched at the UN General Assembly in 2015. It also supports [...]

Social prescribing playbook launched at the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin, supporting social prescribing to spread globally 2021-05-28T11:55:17+01:00

On the podcast today: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

2021-05-20T13:24:13+01:00

On our latest episode of Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil speaks to the incredibly inspiring Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.  As well as a 5 x Gold medal winner, Paralympic Games competitor, world record holder, President of Sports Leaders UK, Chair of UK Active, Chancellor for Northumbria University, President of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Vice-President of the Local Government Association, and one our trustees, Tanni has many achievements and accolades under her belt.  In this episode, Tanni talks about the challenges she's faced throughout her career and how she’s motivated herself to get to where she has. With Dr Radha, they also discuss the ways social prescribing helps people's long-term health and wellbeing and the important role link workers have to support this.  Listen to the podcast now [...]

On the podcast today: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson2021-05-20T13:24:13+01:00

Enriching the lives of people with dementia through music and the power of social prescribing

2021-05-20T18:05:01+01:00

Grace Meadows is Director of the national campaign, Music for Dementia. Here, she discusses the valuable role that music can play in enhancing and enriching the lives of people with dementia and how that can be facilitated through social prescribing. Dementia Action Week is a perfect moment to be thinking about the vital role link workers can play in supporting people living with dementia to live as fulfilling a life as possible through socially prescribing music. One of the great joys of music is that it enables us to focus on what people can do, how they can contribute and be [...]

Enriching the lives of people with dementia through music and the power of social prescribing2021-05-20T18:05:01+01:00

The National Academy for Social Prescribing announces new trustees

2021-05-17T12:32:23+01:00

The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) is delighted to announce the appointment of five new trustees to its board.   Chris Askew OBE, Dr.Harry Brunjes, Brad Gudger, Sarah Metcalfe and Gay Palmer will be joining the organisation’s Board and will work with our four existing trustees.  These appointments will enable NASP to build on the work undertaken during its first full year as an organisation which has included, the launch of the organisation’s strategic plan, ‘A Social Revolution in Wellbeing’, the development of an academic collaboration to improve the evidence for social prescribing, the contribution to the establishment of a global social prescribing alliance. Additionally, NASP, along with its partners, recently announced that the Thriving Communities fund will provide 37 projects across England with [...]

The National Academy for Social Prescribing announces new trustees2021-05-17T12:32:23+01:00

Funding for green social prescribing helps communities recover from COVID-19

2021-05-10T13:59:25+01:00

Nature is the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week Getting into green spaces is key for physical and mental health Social Prescribing Link Workers and other healthcare professionals are helping people and patients improve their health by accessing and undertaking activities in nature At least 7,500 people will be connected to nature for their health and wellbeing, thanks to 10 innovative green social prescribing projects across the country, funded by cross-partnership Thriving Communities Fund. These projects will seek to unlock the potential of green social prescribing for people in their communities especially those most impacted by COVID-19 and health [...]

Funding for green social prescribing helps communities recover from COVID-192021-05-10T13:59:25+01:00
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