National Lead for Older People at NASP - Emily Cousins - explains why NASP are starting a fund for grassroots music for dementia projects. This week in May (16th to the 22nd) is Dementia Action Week. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on people living with dementia – in care homes and in the community - and it is now more vital than ever that individuals and families receive the care and support they need. The majority of us will be affected by dementia, in some form, in our lifetime. Research suggests as many as 91% . Whether we [...]
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Principles to help volunteer-involving organisations plan with confidence The opportunity available For organisations offering social prescribing pathways, volunteering can play a positive role as part of a menu of opportunities you offer. The enhanced wellbeing benefits associated with positive, well-managed volunteering opportunities can offer much for those on a social prescribing pathway, including: improved life satisfaction increased happiness and decreases in symptoms of depression. These Principles are here to help you consider how best to create an offer and a pathway that works for the individual and maximises those wellbeing benefits. The [...]
We are delighted to be supporting the cross-Governmental ‘Preventing and tackling mental ill health through green social prescribing’ project. Green social prescribing is the practice of supporting people to engage in nature-based activities to improve their mental health. Social prescribing link workers, or other professionals, connect people to community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support, based on a ‘what matters to you’ conversation. Green social prescribing includes both green and blue activities. These could include local walking schemes, community gardening projects, conservation volunteering, green gyms, open water swimming or arts and cultural activities which take place outdoors. These activities may be [...]
The Issue We know isolation disproportionately affects disabled people, and this is the problem we’re trying to solve. Sense research prior to the pandemic shows that 53% of disabled adults and 77% of disabled young people feel lonely every day, and nearly a third of non-disabled people avoid talking to a disabled person. More recent research by Sense has shown the impact the pandemic has had on loneliness levels for many groups in society, including disabled people, with many struggling without access to their usual support networks. Now, 61% of disabled people experience chronic loneliness and 70% feel [...]
The National Academy for Social Prescribing plans to launch a new investment partnership supporting grassroots music for dementia projects, kickstarted by a £1 million donation by the Utley Foundation. The National Academy for Social Prescribing [NASP] has announced plans for a new funding programme with money to be made available for projects that provide musical activities for people living with dementia. As the UK-wide champions of ‘social prescribing’, NASP is proud to be leading this project in partnership with The Utley Foundation, which funds the Music for Dementia campaign and which has announced a £1 million donation to kickstart the investment [...]
NASP's partnership with The Southbank Centre has been featured by Google Arts and Culture on the Arts + Health & Wellbeing hub. Find out more Hear from inspiring individuals involved in the life changing Art by Post project about how creativity has positively impacted their wellbeing, and explore the exhibition, partnerships and participants' experiences through a new lens. Art in an Envelope At the height of the first Covid-19 lockdown, Southbank Centre created Art by Post to engage those most isolated by social distancing measures, with a particular emphasis on reaching older adults living with dementia and other chronic health conditions. [...]
We look back at highlights from the first annual Social Prescribing Show. On 4th March, we were delighted to welcome people working across the health, arts and voluntary sectors to our first Social Prescribing Show at the SouthBank Centre. The Show marked the start of Social Prescribing Week, a series of events, activities and launches leading up to Social Prescribing Day on 10th March. The Show explored a wide range of initiatives, spotlighting the impact social prescribing is having on communities and on our healthcare networks. There were panels on the importance of supporting link workers and discussions around [...]
New evidence reviews by NASP’s Academic Partners suggest that social prescribing has a wide range of positive outcomes, can reduce pressure on primary care and save costs for the NHS. We commissioned our academic partners – a collaboration between seven institutions with expertise in social prescribing research – to complete a series of evidence reviews on key themes related to social prescribing, including on outcomes and the economic impact. Their reviews suggest that social prescribing can reduce pressure on Primary Care, including GPs, and save costs. They also highlight evidence that social prescribing can have a positive impact on a very [...]
Sajid Javid, the Health and Social Care Secretary, has set out his vision for long-term NHS reform, including an expansion of personalised care. He announced an ambition that four million people would be able to access personalised care by 2024, covering everything from social prescribing to support plans. Responding to the speech, Professor Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the National Academy for Social Prescribing, said: Prof Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard “We welcome the Secretary of State’s commitment to expanding the NHS investment in social prescribing in today’s speech. There are a wide range of factors that affect our health and [...]
Calling all link workers – we want to hear your story! As part of our ongoing work promoting social prescribing, we are gathering case studies to help us illustrate the positive impact your work has on patients and the healthcare system at large. They will be shared with health leaders, commissioners, primary care staff and other link workers, among others, to demonstrate the crucial role that social prescribing can play. The case studies need to demonstrate the four main themes outlined below: IMPACT: Can you use your experience to explain how the link worker role functions and how it fits into a multidisciplinary [...]