The Role of Volunteering in the Social Prescribing Journey


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 [...]

The Role of Volunteering in the Social Prescribing Journey2022-05-16T14:29:53+01:00

Sense Virtual Buddying


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 [...]

Sense Virtual Buddying2022-05-10T10:31:25+01:00

Ageing Better Camden Connects with Older Men


Jo Stapleton,  Ageing Better in Camden, Good Practice Mentor, Outreach Specialist (Age UK Camden). Jo Stapleton shares findings from a Social action research report, commissioned by Age UK Camden, Outreach Service, part of the 2015-March 2022, Ageing Better in Camden programme funded by Lottery Community Fund. The report shines a light on the research undertaken across Camden with 36 older men engaged on the streets, in pubs and living in sheltered housing.   The project was created in response to a need to proactively find and engage with the older people ‘no-body knows’ through the outreach service. These were [...]

Ageing Better Camden Connects with Older Men2022-04-19T11:05:32+01:00

Sex and Cancer


Sex and pleasure are the number one taboo issues for women and non-binary people living with cancer, and unfortunately the shame and stigma prevents people from getting help, putting them at risk of deteriorating physical and mental health.  More people are being diagnosed with cancer and survivorship is increasing. With more people living with and beyond cancer, sexual problems as a result of cancer treatment are becoming an increasing issue that needs to be addressed. Cancer, Sex and Intimacy is a support group funded by Macmillan, working to break the silence around sex for women and non-binary people [...]

Sex and Cancer2022-03-09T09:48:52+00:00

Menstrual Cycle Support on Social Prescription


Kate Shepherd Cohen, Founder and CEO of Menstrual Cycle Support, tells us about the project. We launched our free online Menstrual Cycle Support foundational course in January 2021 through just one primary care network in Cornwall (where our Founder and CEO lives) - it was instantly oversubscribed, with requests from patients and GP surgeries from all over the country (and further afield!) requesting access. Within six months, to meet the demand, Menstrual Cycle Support became available in every GP surgery in the county and this year - thanks to moving the content into a free-lifetime-access and on-demand course [...]

Menstrual Cycle Support on Social Prescription2022-03-08T11:51:18+00:00

Carers UK’s partnership with Rotary Great Britain & Ireland


Celebrating Carers UK’s partnership with Rotary Great Britain & Ireland There are an estimated 6.5 million carers in the UK supporting friends, family members or neighbours who are older, disabled or seriously ill. That is 1 in 8 adults. Caring is such an important part of life, it’s simply part of being human. Carers are holding families together, making an enormous contribution to society and saving the economy billions of pounds. Yet many are stretched to the limit – juggling care with work and family life, struggling to make ends meet and often battling with poor health themselves. [...]

Carers UK’s partnership with Rotary Great Britain & Ireland2022-02-14T10:27:15+00:00

FoodCycle – bringing people together to share surplus food and conversation


The Accelerating Innovation in Social Prescribing community of practice brings together voluntary organisations with national reach who can support social prescribing provision, help address health inequalities, and aid COVID-19 recovery strategies. Part of our Community of Practice, FoodCycle’s Head of Programmes, Karen Hamilton, tells us about the work the charity does to support wellbeing. FoodCycle connects communities by bringing people together to share food and conversation. Week in, week out, thousands of volunteers across the country transform surplus food into healthy, delicious meals for anyone that needs them, no questions asked. Food poverty and loneliness are growing issues, [...]

FoodCycle – bringing people together to share surplus food and conversation2022-01-19T13:06:25+00:00
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