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How Advicenow can help you help others


Amanda Finlay CBE, Chair of Law for Life, which runs Advicenow has written a helpful blog which provides a summary of lots of useful resources. This information may be particularly helpful for social prescribing link workers during the COVID period. Firstly I want to say thank you! As an older person staying at home in the coronavirus crisis, I want to thank all the social prescribing link workers and other wonderful people who are looking after so many in our community and to offer you some help. People already have so many needs for crucial information to help them [...]

How Advicenow can help you help others2020-04-22T13:35:27+01:00

Music for people living with dementia in the Covid-19 lockdown


Grace Meadows, Senior Music Therapist and Programme Director, and Phil Hope, Senior Associate at Music for Dementia have written a blog to show how Music is a big part of Social Prescribing and how Music for Dementia 2020 is helping during COVID-19.  850,000 people living with dementia and their carers are inevitably experiencing increased anxiety at being unable to spend time with relatives and loved ones at this time. Many can no longer take part in their normal support groups and community activities, leaving people more isolated and disconnected. We’re social beings and for many people, not having that physical, [...]

Music for people living with dementia in the Covid-19 lockdown2020-04-22T14:58:10+01:00

Time to Come Together


Nicola Gitsham, Head of Social Prescribing for NHS England and Improvement has given us some useful tips and resources to share with Link Workers in her new role within in NHS England and Improvement Last week saw my official first day as Head of Social Prescribing at NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE). I’ve been informally leading the work since Christmas, but I was looking forward to a gentle proper start, travelling the country and finding out what was working and how we could improve our social prescribing offer at NHSE. However, COVID-19 had other ideas and I have [...]

Time to Come Together2020-04-22T13:45:08+01:00

National Emergencies Trusts provides £5 million funding to local groups responding to COVID 19.


The National Emergencies Trust has announced £5m of funding will be distributed to front line charities today helping those most impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, thanks to the generosity of the UK public, major charitable trusts and corporate donations. So far, around half of the £16m total pledged to the Coronavirus Appeal has been given out and will be distributed through the UK Community Foundations to 45 local community foundations across the country. Further distributions will be made in the coming weeks. Local groups already benefitting from the appeal include Horncastle Food Bank in Lincolnshire which has seen a 300% [...]

National Emergencies Trusts provides £5 million funding to local groups responding to COVID 19.2020-04-17T11:19:54+01:00

Helpful new COVID 19 resource – Personalised Wellbeing Plan template


We’re keen to support people through COVID 19, particularly where people are self-isolating or shielding and need support to stay safe at home. We’ve worked with partners to provide a Personalised Wellbeing Plan template, which can be used by anyone who is self-isolating, family, friends, healthcare professionals and carers to summarise a person’s personal circumstances, and the things that matter most to them at this time. Personalised wellbeing plan Guidance - Personal Wellbeing Plan We want to reduce the number of times people need to tell or repeat their story to someone new. It is a helpful way of having [...]

Helpful new COVID 19 resource – Personalised Wellbeing Plan template2020-04-16T09:07:03+01:00

Practicing Distance, Seeking Connection


James Sanderson, CEO of National Academy of Social Prescibing. In difficult times, we all need the ability to talk, to connect, to feel reassured that we are not alone. Many of us will have strong support networks available to us and positive family relationships. But others will lack these connections for a myriad of reasons. We know that the impact of this can be devastating, and that people who are socially isolated are more likely to experience worse health outcomes than those who benefit from strong social connection. Social Prescribing offers a chance to remedy this for many people, [...]

Practicing Distance, Seeking Connection2020-04-21T14:13:06+01:00



The facts                                   We want to support people who are working in communities to reduce the impact of Coronavirus and its effect on daily life.  The starting point is to make sure that we all have correct and current information. The links below are regularly updated: The UK Government’s coronavirus information For individuals, you can find medical guidance on coronavirus on the NHS website. For clinicians, the NHS England and Improvement website contains regularly updated guidance. Sharing ideas for virtual communities We want to help people carry on living the best life they can at the same time that they are staying safe [...]


Launching our vision, a social revolution in wellbeing


In their second blog, Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard and James Sanderson discuss NASP's strategic plan, A Social Revolution in Wellbeing We believe that being able to connect and strengthen relationships between people and their communities is perhaps more important than ever right now. People have a myriad of individual gifts that can sometimes go unnoticed by services if the focus is purely on what’s wrong. And, whilst some people have the innate skills, knowledge and confidence to connect, seek out solutions, and change their circumstances to live a healthy life, the reality is that for many, the barriers faced due to [...]

Launching our vision, a social revolution in wellbeing2020-03-12T10:12:21+00:00

£1 million investment in local communities announced, to help people live healthier lives


The National Academy for Social Prescribing has today launched its blueprint for supporting social prescribing across the country which includes a £1 million fund and backing from major national partners – Arts Council England, National Garden Scheme and Southbank Centre. The Academy also calls on each local NHS body to develop a local social prescribing plan to outline how they will work with local community groups and the voluntary sector to help ensure the availability of social prescribing in their community. The Academy will also offer support to achieve this. Social prescribing aims to support people to stay healthy in [...]

£1 million investment in local communities announced, to help people live healthier lives2020-03-13T15:01:21+00:00
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