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The value of co-production: how Social Prescribing Link Workers helped us develop the Mental Health and Money Toolkit

2020-11-17T15:50:11+00:00

The Mental Health and Money Advice service – run by Mental Health UK – was commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care to produce and disseminate a resource for people experiencing financial and mental health difficulties. We identified that the key to this project’s success would be in gathering insights from people with lived experience of financial and mental health difficulties as well as the healthcare professionals who support them, and so it was very quickly decided that a co-production approach would be the most appropriate. The Care Act defines co-production as: “Co-production is when you as an individual influence [...]

The value of co-production: how Social Prescribing Link Workers helped us develop the Mental Health and Money Toolkit2020-11-17T15:50:11+00:00

Health and Wellbeing and the Natural Environment

2020-11-17T15:51:27+00:00

A breath of fresh air – why is it good for us? COVID19 has made many people re-evaluate what is important to them. Being in lockdown cooped up inside for 23 hours a day certainly made me appreciate how much I needed to be outdoors to lift my spirits and keep me fit.  Many of you feel the same way and connecting with nature has seen a resurgence in popularity as people recognise how it helps them. And it is not just a feeling, the evidence points to multiple physical, mental and social benefits of engaging with nature. [...]

Health and Wellbeing and the Natural Environment2020-11-17T15:51:27+00:00

Countrymen UK: Challenges and responses to COVID-19

2020-11-17T15:52:21+00:00

Earlier in 2020, it wasn’t only the COVID19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown that came as shocks. It was also the speed at which it all seemed to arrive, almost unannounced. Due to this, there wasn’t a great deal of practical support for care providers in the voluntary and small charity sectors. Countrymen UK knew it had to do something quickly and effectively to avoid long-term damage to the services we had developed over many years. Before COVID19 Countrymen UK was established in 2011 as an alternative to traditional, indoor day care provision. It was aimed at men who [...]

Countrymen UK: Challenges and responses to COVID-192020-11-17T15:52:21+00:00

Tileyard Impact: Bridging the gap between creative education and creative careers

2020-11-17T15:52:52+00:00

Tileyard Impact is the work experience programme from the Tileyard studios, taking young people from local estates, schools and colleges and introducing them to real work creative industry projects This increases their experience and networks while introducing them to the creative environment. Wizdom is Managing Director of Tileyard Impact which is bridging the gap between creative education and creative careers. Wizdom was an artist for 17 years and then moved into Youth Work, running the Arts for London Charity XLP. After being involved in the setting up of ELAM School and the Big Music Project Wizdom returned to [...]

Tileyard Impact: Bridging the gap between creative education and creative careers2020-11-17T15:52:52+00:00

Coronavirus (Covid19) pandemic validates the role of Social Prescribing Link Workers

2020-05-01T09:59:46+01:00

This blog from Christiana Melam, CEO of the National Association of Link Workers sets out a compelling argument for recognising the role of social prescribing link workers in responding to the COVID pandemic.  If you are interested in finding out more about the organisation and how they support link workers join @nalwuk #LinkWorkerChat on 5th May, 6-7pm to learn more or contribute to discussions. Coronavirus (Covid19) pandemic validates the role of Social Prescribing Link Workers Covid19 brought into limelight why we need Social Prescribing Link Workers and how essential their role is.  National Association of Link Worker’s members have reported [...]

Coronavirus (Covid19) pandemic validates the role of Social Prescribing Link Workers2020-05-01T09:59:46+01:00

Signposting the way ahead for social prescribing

2020-01-28T09:27:35+00:00

In her first blog for NASP, Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard takes a quick look back - and signposts the way ahead for social prescribing. We have a bold ambition. We want to enable people to live the best life they possibly can by supporting them to connect with their community in a meaningful way. It has been a very busy few months for all of us at NASP, as we have worked hard behind the scenes to establish the organisation and create an exciting delivery programme for 2020/21 that will help achieve this. We have been overwhelmed by the generous offers [...]

Signposting the way ahead for social prescribing2020-01-28T09:27:35+00:00

Board meeting confirms next steps for NASP

2019-12-19T09:04:28+00:00

The NASP Board had its first full meeting today (Wed 18 December) and signed off the important next steps for the Academy. Some of the immediate priorities are to secure the future format of the organisation and it was agreed that an application for charitable status would be made in the new year.  Having supported the Academy to reach this stage, it was agreed that Jonathan Marron and James Sanderson would step down from their role as directors. The Board thanked them for their hard work in helping the Academy to get off the ground, and for the momentum which [...]

Board meeting confirms next steps for NASP2019-12-19T09:04:28+00:00

Social prescribing: new national academy set up

2019-10-23T16:03:27+01:00

The academy will help more people benefit from arts, sport and leisure activities across the country Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock is setting out his ambition for every patient in the country to have access to social prescribing schemes on the NHS as readily as they do medical care. Social prescribing involves helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to community services. This can include activities such as art and singing classes. The National Academy for Social Prescribing will work to: standardise the quality and range of [...]

Social prescribing: new national academy set up2019-10-23T16:03:27+01:00

Army of workers to support family doctors

2019-10-23T10:04:12+01:00

An army of advisers will be recruited to help patients live fitter, healthier lives and combat anxiety, loneliness and depression under plans to ramp up social prescribing set to be launched by NHS England this week. Around half of GP appointments are not directly related to medical conditions, according to experts. Growing evidence shows that referrals to community services such as exercise or art classes, history groups and even ballroom dancing can boost health and wellbeing more than dishing out pills or other treatments. Now NHS England plans to recruit 1,000 social prescribing ‘link workers’ as part of the NHS Long [...]

Army of workers to support family doctors2019-10-23T10:04:12+01:00

The power of the arts and social activities to improve the nation’s health

2019-10-23T10:05:17+01:00

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock speaks to the King's Fund about the benefits of social prescribing. I love my job. I get to see brilliant doctors and inspirational nurses, courageous paramedics and committed carers. I get to meet people who save lives each and every day. Yet, there were some perks to being Culture Secretary. You’d get to go to the Tate, the National, the Royal Opera House for work. You’d get to rub shoulders with the likes of Grayson Perry, Anthony Gormley and even the legendary Ronnie Wood. Although, when Ronnie offered me a little pick-me-up at [...]

The power of the arts and social activities to improve the nation’s health2019-10-23T10:05:17+01:00
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