The Dance Network Association (dna) About dna… dna is a dance organisation that enables people to live more connected, joyful and aspirational lives through dance. Dancing with dna provides opportunities for people to improve their confidence and physical wellbeing, nurtures creativity and independent thinking and enhances friendships through social interaction. dna offers high quality, affordable dance to both the local community in Essex and the national community virtually. Come and see what dna has to offer visit: www.dancenetworkassociation.org.uk Dancing through with dna… Now reaching the anniversary of lockdown 23 March 2021 we wish to share with you a whole [...]
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Croydon Voluntary Action, One Croydon Alliance and partners are working toward a collaborative borough-wide approach to Social Prescribing. Social Prescribing offers unique opportunities moving forward to: Build partnerships between General Practices and the local Voluntary and Community Sector economy Work alongside local Link Workers to strengthen the Voluntary and Community sector Create a service that benefits Communities and local residents Hear from their Link Workers and ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) Community builder on what Social Prescribing is and how the model works in Croydon in this video. You can also read more here. Ideas Hub [...]
I am a professional musician, and I have spent a lot of my formative years touring around the world. When I came back to London in 2007, I wanted to put something back into the community. Still passionate about the power of music, I took a small group of musicians to St Christopher’s Hospice in South East London and hosted a singalong session. I was amazed at how animatedly the extremely fragile and ageing community responded to our singing. They really came alive. It inspired me to explore funding opportunities and in 2007, Shapeshifter Productions was formed as [...]
Get outdoors – how green social prescribing sessions will support 400 people in Plymouth’s communitiesZoë Freedman2021-03-18T14:19:13+00:00
Funding to provide a health and wellbeing programme for new audiences in Central Park, Plymouth Range of activities from partners to enhance use and enjoyment of green space Green social prescribing will support 400 people to get access to nature and the outdoors, empowering them to embed the use of their park independently Physical activity, outdoor theatre and conservation based offerings, building on success of existing projects Argyle Community Trust are proud to be the official charity for Plymouth Argyle Football Club and uses the prestige of football and the reach of the club to inspire, engage and help people of all ages, achieve their full potential. Using Plymouth City [...]
An extensive programme of arts, culture, nature, physical activity and life advice including pop up sessions, English language conversations, and gardening sessions Funding for Wild Being, offering holistic programme for health for 300 people A long-term vision for social prescribing and sustainable networks Wild Being is a project led by Reading Voluntary Action, with varied partners coming together to deliver a holistic structure of support in the region covering the social prescribing pillars of arts and culture, nature, physical activity, and life advice. The funding from Thriving Communities will enable them to extend their social prescribing offering. “There is already a vibrant social prescribing network in Reading, which involves over 80 organisations providing holistic social, physical and cultural activities to improve wellbeing and [...]
Funding awarded to Greenwich projects for social prescribing for young people in vulnerable communities, centred around creativity Focus on those experiencing or fleeing domestic violence A space to explore healthy relationships through creativity and support A new partnership between The Her Centre, theatre company Tramshed, and Live Well Greenwich has been formed to develop and enhance the social prescribing offer for young people in the area, which will be boosted by the funding from the Thriving Communities Fund. Stacy Smith from the Her Centre and Jeremy James from Tramshed say “We are delighted to receive this funding which will enable us to engage [...]
A rich programme of arts and culture embedded in Luton’s libraries A specially curated programme of activities for children, young people and adults to address grief, improve mental health, increase skills & confidence and develop friendship networks. Combines traditional library activities with unconventional offering. An area of deprivation impact by COVID-19 and economic uncertainty Active Luton has been running social prescribing services since 2018, but COVID-19 has impacted the trust’s ability to develop a bespoke cultural offer for Luton communities. The Thriving Communities fund provides a perfect opportunity to develop this area of work during 2021. And it will all be done through that much loved [...]
Varied programme of activity covering all elements of social prescribing Based in local co-op that already engage many of the local community Robust plan for long term integration, boosted by funding from Thriving Communities Fund Offering arts and culture, nature, physical activity, and life advice, through eight projects, in an area that has been badly affected by COVID-19 Friends of Stretford Public Hall (FOSPH) is a community-owned co-operative who run the hall as a multipurpose arts and community venue in the Trafford area in Manchester. They will work alongside St John’s Centre, a charity based in a church hall in Old Trafford, and North Trafford Primary Care Network, to deliver an innovative [...]
Building on existing successes in West Hove, an area vulnerable to COVID-19’s impact Working with partners The Hangleton and Knoll Project, BHCC Active for Life, Citizens Advice, Creative Future and researchers at Coastal Creatives Tailored social prescribing boosted by funding Aligned with parallel CCG- and City Council-funded projects for long-term impact 100 residents will access social prescribing to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing Creation of a community-owned model for increasing impact of Social prescribing in a deprived neighbourhood West Hove is home to many innovative organisations doing great work in creativity and wellbeing. However, social prescribing is under used by [...]
Heeley and Handlebards – a diverse range of social prescribing activities for 10,000 people in SheffieldZoë Freedman2021-03-18T14:11:16+00:00
Creative, green and physical activities to help people reconnect – including bicycle powered theatre productions of Shakespeare Funding awarded from the Thriving Communities Fund for a community to continue building its resilience Co-creation key to developing project with longevity – link workers, community and PCN all involved Reaching 5000 people face-to-face focused in the most socially deprived areas of the Heeley Plus PCN and another 5000 online across Sheffield Heeley Trust have been providing much needed support during COVID-19, building on 24 years of support for the Sheffield community. Their aim is to transform how healthcare is delivered in place by building relationships between GPs [...]