FMCP Club – combatting loneliness in people with neurological conditions


 Jacqui Barbet-Sheilds, founder and trustee of the FMCP Club, tells us about the work of group.  The FMCP Club is a support group for people with conditions such as ME, multiple sclerosis, functional neurological disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Addison’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and other neurological conditions. These conditions often cause loneliness and isolation, and we work to combat that. I founded it in 2011 and it has since grown to have over 100 members in Surrey and Sutton.  Many people with fibromyalgia, for example, struggle with the condition for years without being diagnosed.  It often takes a conversation with someone or an article in the press to alert them to fibromyalgia as a possible cause for their condition. FMCP Club are working to raise awareness of the condition [...]

FMCP Club – combatting loneliness in people with neurological conditions2021-11-17T10:22:39+00:00

S2R Support to Recovery


 S2R Support to Recovery is an independent mental health and wellbeing charity, working across Kirklees, offering a range of wellbeing, creative and outdoor workshops. They are a partner in the Third Sector Leaders Kirklees - Well Connected North Kirklees, a Thriving Communities project providing a wide range of accessible, enjoyable activities to address urgent local health priorities including diabetes, obesity, and mental health.  Due to the Covid pandemic situation, S2R designed a diverse range of online and meet up health and wellbeing activities, that local marginalised communities could assess and take part in. Working in partnership with TSL we recognised that we had to meet this [...]

S2R Support to Recovery2021-10-04T16:19:31+01:00

Slough CVS – supporting wellbeing through creativity


Slough CVS has been organising initiatives to help connect clients with low to moderate levels of depression, anxiety, stress, isolation, and loneliness, to focus their energy on a positive activity. The Thriving Communities  Supporting Well Being through Creativity offers a  range of activities from community link groups covering health, exercise, arts, music dance, chats, environmental understanding, happiness get-togethers and more.   Activities include arts and crafts sessions, Connect Programmes: Exploring identity and self-expression in a creative way, and cultural and social community activities, such as singing sessions. This will help overcome barriers to mental wellbeing, by enabling clients to focus their energy on creative and positive activities.    Slough CVS [...]

Slough CVS – supporting wellbeing through creativity2021-10-04T16:06:44+01:00

Helix Arts: Better Connect – from attendee to volunteer


Debbie Reed started her journey with Helix Arts around 2 years ago, slap bang in the middle of a pandemic. – and she is now an amazingly committed Helix Arts Volunteer for our social prescribing programme Better Connect supported through Thriving Communities. Better Connect is the Helix Arts led social prescribing programme working with a network of Community Voluntary Sector organisations who share values and ambitions for the role of arts and health. Better Connect involves a mixed cultural programme which prioritises and supports carers across North Tyneside. Helix Arts developed a relationship with First Contact Clinical (FCC) and [...]

Helix Arts: Better Connect – from attendee to volunteer2021-10-07T17:14:55+01:00

Bring your communities to life with a magical Window Wanderland!


How uplifting it was in Spring 2020 to see rainbow paintings popping up in windows everywhere! Since then we've all grown to recognise just how useful windows can be to connect with our communities and loved ones.     The team at Window Wanderland, an award-winning social enterprise, has been helping communities to create window art galleries for their neighbourhoods to enjoy since 2015.      Born out of social isolation and a need to connect to the local community, Window Wanderland increases community engagement, improves wellbeing through creativity and reducing loneliness. Here’s the feedback from our organisers in 2020/21:    100% state that Wanderlands bring  the community together - especially [...]

Bring your communities to life with a magical Window Wanderland!2021-08-24T16:37:41+01:00

Freedom to Be – supporting shielding patients with creativity


The Freedom to Be programme was rapidly co-designed and delivered by the Free Space Project in the summer of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, in response to an urgent request by two GPs to support “shielding” patients in Camden. These patients were defined at being at high risk of complications if they were to contract Coronavirus, and therefore extremely vulnerable and were required to shield and self-isolate. The Free Space Project are the in-house arts and community charity based within Kentish Town Health Centre in London. The charity came together with GPs across two of their supporting surgeries to creatively [...]

Freedom to Be – supporting shielding patients with creativity2021-08-09T16:05:12+01:00

Pilot programme in Southwark & Merton shows significant need for cross-sector working to support social prescribing


Carly Annable-Coop, programme manager at Performing Medicine, an initiative from charity Clod Ensemble, provides art-based workforce training programmes across the health and social care sector.   As interest, awareness and certainly the need for social prescribing becomes ever more important, as does the need to connect the different professional groups involved, and to facilitate access to a rich array of arts and cultural social prescribing offers, Performing Medicine recently led a successful pilot project across the London boroughs of Southwark and Merton in which we scoped, designed and delivered a workforce development programme for the three professional groups involved in social prescribing [...]

Pilot programme in Southwark & Merton shows significant need for cross-sector working to support social prescribing2021-08-09T16:06:16+01:00

Over 600 pieces of artwork created in lockdown will form new nationwide exhibition to highlight the power of art on health and wellbeing


Art by Post participants. Credits (L-R): Kate Elliott; Kate Elliott; Eoin Carey Art by Post: Unlocking creativity for our wellbeing launches at the Southbank Centre this September before touring nationwide for five months Creative responses from over 4,500 Art by Post participants have been selected and carefully curated for this one-of-a-kind exhibition The ambitious project is delivered in partnership with the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) and supported by leading international health bodies, including the World Health Organisation, as well as 13 delivery partners and over 150 domestic referral partners The announcement comes as the Southbank Centre makes [...]

Over 600 pieces of artwork created in lockdown will form new nationwide exhibition to highlight the power of art on health and wellbeing2021-06-15T10:18:05+01:00

Dr Hills’ Casebook – combining heritage, arts and wellbeing through creative activities


The Restoration Trust began the Dr Hills' Casebook project at the beginning of May 2020, connecting with people wanting to find out more about participating in a project that combined heritage, arts and wellbeing focused through creative activities.  By early July 2020 thirteen people, many of whom were referred through the South Norfolk & Broadland Councils – Community Connectors social prescribing service, had signed up to take part in Dr Hills Casebook, all of whom are participants still engaged to date.   Dr Hills' Casebook, is a project that combines history, mental health, creative writing and theatre. A partnership between the Restoration Trust, Norfolk Record Office, South Norfolk Council and UpShoot Theatre Company. It [...]

Dr Hills’ Casebook – combining heritage, arts and wellbeing through creative activities2021-08-09T16:07:30+01:00

Musical Memories – Elevenses


Established in 2016 Musical Memories is a not for profit organisation based in Ryedale North Yorkshire,  created to give older people the opportunity to sing together and enjoy each other’s company with the aim of combatting loneliness and isolation. Never has this been more needed than in the past tumultuous year. When the COVID 19 pandemic struck in March 2020 MM quickly pivoted from delivering live in-person sessions in the community, ‘tooled-up’ and ‘up-skilled’ to create an online service and since then has delivered over 180  livestreamed sessions with over 25,000 views, reaching people in all parts of [...]

Musical Memories – Elevenses2021-08-09T16:06:47+01:00
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