Following the success of the first round of the National Academy for Social Prescribing’s Learning Together programme, which saw nearly 400 individuals and organisations involved, we’re delighted to announce that the second cohort is now open for applications. Learning Together is a flexible programme of regional learning and development activities for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups and organisations supporting their communities’ needs through delivery of social prescribing activities. The programme offers a tailored learning package that is delivered in a series of online workshops and virtual peer-to-peer learning sessions organised regionally, (known as action learning sets), as well as [...]
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Join Thriving Communities and the Southbank Centre for a participatory online workshop exploring their free creative project resources to coincide with the opening of their Art by Post exhibition: Of Home and Hope at the Royal Festival Hall. This free online workshop will take place on Tuesday 21 Sept, 3-4pm. What is Art by Post? Art by Post is the Southbank Centre’s landmark national Covid-19 response initiative. Since May 2020 the Southbank Centre has sent over 40,000 creative activity booklets through the letterboxes of over 4,500 people living with one or more long term health conditions. Participants are supported to explore [...]
The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) was established to advance social prescribing. Today it has published its first annual report, covering the year to 31 March 2021. James Sanderson, Chief Executive of NASP, said: “This year has been extremely challenging for those working in social prescribing, however, I am enormously proud of the support they have provided to communities. Much of our work this year has sought to support, champion and promote this work, such as though our flagship Thriving Communities programme, and the establishment of our regional leads. “Looking ahead, we look forward to the development of our innovation [...]
James Sanderson, our CEO, and Jeremy Hughes, Royal Voluntary Service, reflect on how our new programme, Accelerating Innovation, seeks to work with national voluntary organisations alongside the NHS, local authorities and local groups to release resources that can help more people benefit through social prescribing. We are facing unprecedented physical and mental health demands as we continue to meet the challenges of COVID-19 and its recovery. In working more closely together and alongside the NHS, local authorities and local groups, national voluntary organisations can release enormous resources of people, places and expertise. The Accelerating Innovation in Social Prescribing Programme helps ensure we deliver on that potential. National voluntary organisations have much to contribute through [...]
James Sanderson, our CEO, and Jeremy Hughes, Royal Voluntary Service, reflect on the opportunities social prescribing presents to support the nation in the wake of COVID-19 and how our new programme, Accelerating Innovation, seeks to support national voluntary organisations to unlock this potential. Although social prescribing is a relatively new term, improving people’s wellbeing is at the heart of what many national voluntary organisations have always done. Some in the NHS have also long been pioneers of social prescribing, including Dr Sam Etherington in East London and Dr Michael Dixon in Devon. Social prescribing presents a unique opportunity to bring together services, [...]
In the last episode of the current season of Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil speaks to social prescribing link worker Darren (Daz) Dooler. Daz Dooler has worked for Live Well Wakefield for 18 months as a ‘Self Help Support Worker’. Having become involved in the Expert Patients Programme (formerly part of South West Yorkshire Partnership) and completing the General Self-Management Community Course, he moved forward to become a volunteer for the service and trained to become a tutor. He then went on to become a governor at SWYFT and started his own community group The S.M.a.S.H Society. Here he ensures [...]
A new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Health and the Natural Environment has been established to investigate the benefits that connecting with the natural environment has on our health and wellbeing. The group, which is chaired by Alexander Stafford MP, will investigate: The impact and benefits of nature to peoples’ health and wellbeing particularly those most heavily impacted by COVID or from disadvantage areas. The challenges and barriers to helping more people access the natural environment more regularly, especially those from disadvantaged areas, and what changes in policy and provision are required. How we might build resilience in local communities, by looking [...]
On our latest episode of Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil speaks to comedian Justin Moorhouse. Describing himself as a 'comedian then dog walker then parent', Justin is a busy bloke! Normally found on the road touring up and the country for his comedy shows, Justin had to adapt through the pandemic and turned his hand to podcasting, volunteering and heading out into nature - while still making everyone he meets keel over with laughter. In this episode, Justin talks about how volunteering has helped his own mental health and why connecting with people is so important - specially to tackle [...]
Social prescribing connects people experiencing loneliness and social isolation, to support individuals and communities recovering from the pandemicLydia Taylor2021-06-16T16:09:35+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 [...]
Over 600 pieces of artwork created in lockdown will form new nationwide exhibition to highlight the power of art on health and wellbeingLydia Taylor2021-06-15T10:18:05+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 [...]