James Sanderson, CEO of NASP After three years seconded part-time to the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP), James Sanderson is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer as he takes up a larger portfolio at NHS England. He will continue to work with NASP in a strategic advisory role from October. James was instrumental in establishing NASP in 2019 and in growing it into the organisation it is today. Under his leadership, the charity has developed its Thriving Communities and Accelerating Innovation programmes, formed the Global Social Prescribing Alliance and launched an evidence programme that is key to determining [...]
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Rainbow call companions was launched on 14th March 2022 and is still ongoing nationally. The project was set up in response to our research which has shown that: Older LGBT+ people are less likely to have intergenerational relationships and children. Older LGBT+ people will find that their family of choice is sadly dwindling. LGBT+ older people are more likely to live alone. Older gay men find youth-centric spaces make them feel overlooked. For older lesbians, all too often they see loneliness as the price they have to pay for their sexuality. For those who are open, moving into a care home and [...]
Sue Hogan, Programme Manager, Learning and Education Firstsite is in Colchester and Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre in Tendring, both in Essex. The project began in 2017 and is now delivered every school holiday. Holiday Fun is a creative response to Holiday Hunger. After learning that families were struggling to feed their children during school holidays, and that around 25% of families in Colchester were living in poverty, we met with members of African Families in the UK – one of our community partners who suggested we deliver a project with food at its heart, and so Holiday [...]
With the Government planning a new 10-year mental health strategy, we have published an evidence note on social prescribing and mental health. The evidence included suggests that: Social prescribing can play an important role in addressing common mental health difficulties. Befriending services, practical information including financial advice, community activities, arts and culture activities, physical activities, and activities that involve or take place in nature can help alleviate loneliness, stress, mild to moderate depression and anxiety. While there is a lot of varied evidence to show the benefits of social prescribing, more research is needed – particularly with the groups of [...]
‘In the forces – you walk across the barracks and can immediately speak to a doctor. Civilian life is much more complicated’Lydia Taylor2022-06-24T09:44:05+01:00
Meet Ashlee, former member of the armed forces and social prescribing link worker, who is on a mission to help veterans get the support they need. Saturday – National Armed Forces Day – The National Academy for Social Prescribing is spotlighting the pioneering work of Hertfordshire based veteran and social prescribing link worker, Ashlee. Ashlee left the army feeling prepared for whatever life had to throw at her. She’d been trained to be able to deal with life or death situations, surely civilian life would be easy? But - leaving her exit interview armed only with a thin plastic folder of [...]
We are delighted to welcome a new committee of 23 students to the National Social Prescribing Student Champions Scheme. The Scheme was set up by medical students in 2016. Since then, more than 350 Champions have engaged with over 20,000 medical students, allied healthcare professionals, young doctors and trainees, spreading the word about social prescribing and helping to ensure that it is part of the curricula at universities across the UK. We have supported the scheme since our formation as a charity, alongside NHS England and Improvement, the Social Prescribing Network and the College of Medicine. We offer bursaries to 23 [...]
Befriending Networks are the national intermediary and network for Befriending organisations in the UK: the only UK organisation to offer specific befriending advice, information, and a recognised Quality in Befriending award, alongside befriending specific training. This is achieved through our small but dynamic eight members of staff who provide a wide range of skills and experience, promoting strong volunteer management practices and governance. Established in 1980, our network has grown to support over 360-member organisations providing a wide range of befriending services. Our Purpose is to: Provide a high standard of information, training, and consultancy in relation to [...]
The National Academy for Social Prescribing and the Royal Voluntary Service have published a guide to supportive volunteering for volunteer organisations . Yesterday, the National Academy for Social Prescribing [NASP] and the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) have published a guide to supportive volunteering for volunteer organisations called: ‘7 steps to wellbeing through volunteering: How to link to social prescribing’. With volunteering associated with a raft of health and wellbeing benefits, including reduced loneliness and improved mental health , it is clear that well designed, supportive volunteering roles have a key part to play in social prescribing delivery. However, it is [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]