So where does social prescribing go from here?

2021-04-16T08:48:54+01:00

Tim Anfilogoff is Head of Community Resilience at Herts Valleys CCG, and our Social Prescribing Regional Lead for the East of England. Here he looks at the crucial role of social prescribing in responding to COVID-19 and the lessons learnt for the future. “It’s been an incredible year”, says Gina, a social prescribing link worker in Hertfordshire. “I’m lucky to belong to an extended team who made hundreds of shielding calls, followed up patients needing support and received referrals from surgeries too:  230 this year which is amazing!” In the words of the Royal College of General Practitioners (General Practice in a Post-COVID World, 2020): ‘The [...]

So where does social prescribing go from here?2021-04-16T08:48:54+01:00

Supporting Financial Wellbeing through ‘Thriving Communities’

2021-03-24T14:49:50+00:00

To mark Social Prescribing Day, Sir Hector Sants, Chair of the Money and Pensions Service reflects on their work with partners to support financial wellbeing through social prescribing  During the last year the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) has been delighted to collaborate with the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) on the new Thriving Communities Programme. The growth and investment in NHS social prescribing services, supporting wider person-centred needs alongside access to health services, resonates strongly with our work.  As the body of government responsible for providing guidance and help to people to – as our vision statement says – [...]

Supporting Financial Wellbeing through ‘Thriving Communities’2021-03-24T14:49:50+00:00

A Social Revolution In Wellbeing – one year after the launch of our strategy

2021-03-18T10:21:15+00:00

A year ago today we launched our first strategy, A Social Revolution In Wellbeing, setting out our hugely ambitious agenda to help social prescribing thrive across the UK. A few days later  we entered our first national ‘lockdown’ as a whole country, due of course to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the past year has not presented ideal circumstances to establish a dynamic new charity, with all of the inevitable challenges that major start-ups bring. Like most organisations, we have needed to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, and embrace innovative ways to achieve our objectives rather than simply pursue those envisaged when [...]

A Social Revolution In Wellbeing – one year after the launch of our strategy2021-03-18T10:21:15+00:00

The healing power of heritage – opportunities to release the benefits through social prescribing

2021-04-09T15:28:02+01:00

Dr Desi Gradinarova, Senior Policy Adviser for Wellbeing and Inclusion at Historic England and National Lead on historic environment at the National Academy for Social Prescribing, invites us to reconnect with our local heritage. In her final blog of a series of three, she talks about the opportunities to release the potential of the historic environment through social prescribing. In my role as the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP)’s national lead for the historic environment, I am currently working with the team to find the best ways to utilise the power of heritage for wellbeing through social prescribing. This builds [...]

The healing power of heritage – opportunities to release the benefits through social prescribing2021-04-09T15:28:02+01:00

Making a change: a recipe for social prescribing in 2021 – a series of small steps

2021-03-05T10:44:57+00:00

As we head into spring, Dr Radha Modgil, GP, broadcaster, author and Social Prescribing Ambassador reflects on what steps we can make to improve our wellbeing, and what key 3 ingredients go into social prescribing. In her final blog in a series of 3, she reflects on the power of small steps…. In my first blog in this series, I talked about how, when we see that someone has made improvements to their life, we often forget about  all the steps they took, the time they dedicated and the journey they have been on. We think it’s been a giant leap [...]

Making a change: a recipe for social prescribing in 2021 – a series of small steps2021-03-05T10:44:57+00:00

The healing power of heritage – how can we demonstrate the benefits?

2021-04-09T15:28:53+01:00

Dr Desi Gradinarova, Senior Policy Adviser for Wellbeing and Inclusion at Historic England and National Lead for the Historic Environment at NASP, invites us to reconnect with our local heritage. In her second blog of a series of three, she reflects on the benefits of engaging with our historic environment, and the evidence behind this. There is a growing body of research that is proving how heritage benefits people’s wellbeing. Heritage and Society (2019), produced by Historic England as part of the Heritage Counts series, showed that engaging with or living near heritage is associated with higher life satisfaction and quality [...]

The healing power of heritage – how can we demonstrate the benefits?2021-04-09T15:28:53+01:00

The Healing Power of Heritage

2021-04-09T14:43:03+01:00

Dr Desi Gradinarova, Senior Policy Adviser for Wellbeing and Inclusion at Historic England and National Lead for the Historic Environment at National Academy for Social Prescribing, invites us to reconnect with our local heritage. In this first blog of a series of three, she shows us how our historic environment can help us be healthy, feel good and stay positive. In these bleak winter days of isolation, we need more than hope to maintain our strength, perseverance and humanity. We need inspiration. One of the unexpected consequences of the current pandemic is that people connected more with their local heritage during [...]

The Healing Power of Heritage2021-04-09T14:43:03+01:00

Making a change: a recipe for social prescribing in 2021 – add one good thing

2021-04-09T14:47:34+01:00

As we begin a new year, Dr Radha Modgil, GP, broadcaster, author and Social Prescribing Ambassador reflects on what steps we can make to improve our wellbeing, and what key 3 ingredients go into social prescribing. In this second blog in a series of 3, she reflects on how one good thing can have a huge impact…. People inspire me, communities inspire me. And 2020, even though probably the hardest year any of us have lived through, also inspired me. I have seen so many examples of community leaders, community groups and individuals making such a huge difference to people. And [...]

Making a change: a recipe for social prescribing in 2021 – add one good thing2021-04-09T14:47:34+01:00

Making a change: a recipe for social prescribing in 2021 – the power in connecting

2021-04-09T14:46:17+01:00

As we head into a new year, Dr Radha Modgil, GP, broadcaster, author and Social Prescribing Ambassador reflects on what steps we can make to improve our wellbeing, and what key 3 ingredients go into social prescribing. In this blog, the first in a series of 3, she reflects on the power in connecting…. When we see a change in other people’s lives or an improvement in their wellbeing, we often assume it happened overnight and wonder how they did it. ‘They must have done it all by themselves’ ‘Wow… They are amazing. I could never do that’ ‘What changed? The [...]

Making a change: a recipe for social prescribing in 2021 – the power in connecting2021-04-09T14:46:17+01:00

Reflecting on 2020 – and the need to connect people

2020-12-24T09:57:18+00:00

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 [...]

Reflecting on 2020 – and the need to connect people2020-12-24T09:57:18+00:00
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