As the end of the year beckons, our Chair, Helen Stokes-Lampard and Chief Executive, James Sanderson, reflect on our first full year as an organisation, and look ahead to what the next year ahead holds for social prescribing, both in England and across the globe. 2020 has certainly been a difficult year for us all, but it has also been one in which the benefits of social prescribing have been resolutely evident. At the heart of our strategy ‘a social revolution in wellbeing’, launched in the spring, lay a sincere belief that connecting people to the arts, physical activity, nature, and [...]
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Fitness and leisure sector to offer free sessions for up to 100,000 people through social prescribingLydia Taylor2020-11-27T10:59:33+00:00
Physical activity is set to play a greater role in helping people look after their health and wellbeing following the announcement of a partnership between ukactive, NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I), Sport England and the National Academy for Social Prescribing to highlight the role of fitness within social prescribing. A new scheme aims to support people to better manage their health and wellbeing by connecting up social prescribing and fitness and leisure activities in local communities. ukactive, NHSE/I, Sport England and the National Academy for Social Prescribing will work together to identify an initial pledge of 500,000 hours of activity in [...]
A new national programme, launched today, seeks to champion and support the vital work of voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups supporting communities most impacted by COVID19 in England, working alongside social prescribing link workers. Local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) groups and organisations are providing critical support to communities impacted by COVID19, connecting people to social prescribing activities that help with their physical and mental wellbeing, such as virtual singing and befriending groups. Furthermore, throughout the pandemic, groups and organisations have rapidly responded, and continue to respond to, the needs of their community in different ways, moving [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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% [...]
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. A Personalised Wellbeing Plan template has been developed, 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. You can access the draft documents on the Academy of Medical Royal College's website below: Personalised wellbeing plan Guidance - Personal Wellbeing Plan We want to reduce the number of times people need to tell or repeat [...]
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, [...]