Back on Track: Financial Shield

2021-10-04T10:59:39+01:00

At the heart of most social problems is a financial one. Hanan Paganini explains how debt intervention is being integrated into social prescribing to help GPs support patients with long term health conditions and financial issues Hanan will be speaking at the Thriving Communities and Accelerating Innovation webinar on Financial Wellbeing and Social Prescribing on Tuesday 5 October 3-4pm. Register on Eventbrite here. I’m Hanan, one of the Financial Support Link workers for ‘Back on Track’, a pilot running in Lambeth and Southwark to improve the health and financial well-being outcomes for people who have, or are at [...]

Back on Track: Financial Shield2021-10-04T10:59:39+01:00

Finding what works for me at a visit to Thriving Communities Fund project

2021-09-28T12:36:25+01:00

Dulcie Alexander, Thriving Communities Fund Programme Manager spent an afternoon with one of the Thriving Communities funded project partners, at a Dance for Mood Boosting. It prompted her to reflect both on what is working for the funded projects, and what works for her own mental health and wellbeing. Last weekend, before watching my cousin make the massive achievement of running the Brighton Marathon for Mind, I attended a Dance for Mood Boosting session on the Hangleton & Knoll Estate in Hove, part of the Prescribe to Thrive offer from Robin Hood Health Foundation. Supported by the Thriving Communities Fund, I [...]

Finding what works for me at a visit to Thriving Communities Fund project2021-09-28T12:36:25+01:00

Unlocking potential – national voluntary organisations can be a real asset to social prescribing

2021-09-06T14:33:40+01:00

James Sanderson, our CEO, and Jeremy Hughes, Royal Voluntary Service, reflect on how our new programme, Accelerating Innovation, seeks to work with national voluntary organisations alongside the NHS, local authorities and local groups to release resources that can help more people benefit through social prescribing. We are facing unprecedented physical and mental health demands as we continue to meet the challenges of COVID-19 and its recovery. In working more closely together and alongside the NHS, local authorities and local groups, national voluntary organisations can release enormous resources of people, places and expertise. The Accelerating Innovation in Social Prescribing Programme helps ensure we deliver on that potential.  National voluntary organisations have much to contribute through [...]

Unlocking potential – national voluntary organisations can be a real asset to social prescribing2021-09-06T14:33:40+01:00

National voluntary organisations can help fuel innovation in social prescribing 

2021-09-02T13:04:12+01:00

James Sanderson, our CEO, and Jeremy Hughes, Royal Voluntary Service, reflect on the opportunities social prescribing presents to support the nation in the wake of COVID-19 and how our new programme, Accelerating Innovation, seeks to support national voluntary organisations to unlock this potential.  Although social prescribing is a relatively new term, improving people’s wellbeing is at the heart of what many national voluntary organisations have always done. Some in the NHS have also long been pioneers of social prescribing, including Dr Sam Etherington in East London and Dr Michael Dixon in Devon. Social prescribing presents a unique opportunity to bring together services, [...]

National voluntary organisations can help fuel innovation in social prescribing 2021-09-02T13:04:12+01:00

On the podcast: Daz Dooler

2021-07-19T12:00:35+01:00

In the last episode of the current season of Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil speaks to social prescribing link worker Darren (Daz) Dooler. Daz Dooler has worked for Live Well Wakefield for 18 months as a ‘Self Help Support Worker’. Having become involved in the Expert Patients Programme (formerly part of South West Yorkshire Partnership) and completing the General Self-Management Community Course, he moved forward to become a volunteer for the service and trained to become a tutor. He then went on to become a governor at SWYFT and started his own community group The S.M.a.S.H Society. Here he ensures [...]

On the podcast: Daz Dooler2021-07-19T12:00:35+01:00

On the podcast: Justin Moorhouse

2021-06-30T20:45:45+01:00

On our latest episode of Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil speaks to comedian Justin Moorhouse. Describing himself as a 'comedian then dog walker then parent', Justin is a busy bloke! Normally found on the road touring up and the country for his comedy shows, Justin had to adapt through the pandemic and turned his hand to podcasting, volunteering and heading out into nature - while still making everyone he meets keel over with laughter. In this episode, Justin talks about how volunteering has helped his own mental health and why connecting with people is so important - specially to tackle [...]

On the podcast: Justin Moorhouse2021-06-30T20:45:45+01:00

Making Caring Visible and Valued (Carers Week 7-15 June 2021)

2021-06-08T11:49:50+01:00

Carers’ Week is the opportunity to think about the millions of family members and friends looking – unpaid - after people who couldn’t manage without their support. Although their efforts are often taken for granted, or completely unnoticed, if their help had to be replaced by the state, analysis1 in 2015 suggests the bill would be more than £132 billion - basically the cost of a second NHS! The pandemic and lockdowns have increased the pressures on carers: Carers UK’s second Covid survey, in October 2020, showed that 4 in 5 carers (81%) were providing more care than before lockdown. Most [...]

Making Caring Visible and Valued (Carers Week 7-15 June 2021)2021-06-08T11:49:50+01:00

Volunteers’ Week: The power of volunteering across local communities

2021-06-04T14:35:08+01:00

My organisation, Burnley Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service (BPRCVS) formed in 1935 and has celebrated volunteer’s week for many years. Volunteers’ week in the UK was started in 1984 by Volunteer England and is now coordinated by NCVO (national council for voluntary organisations). It has, every year, provided a more formal and marked occasion and opportunity to say a massive thank you to the 1000s of people who give their time (and very often money) to help others who are less fortunate. They can volunteer for larger and better-known organisations such as the NHS or Age UK, but often [...]

Volunteers’ Week: The power of volunteering across local communities2021-06-04T14:35:08+01:00

Podcast on Prescription with Kamal Hyman Ellis

2021-06-03T14:07:46+01:00

On our latest episode of Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil speaks to motivational speaker and spoken word artist, Kamal Ellis-Hyman.  With a passion for raising young people’s aspirations regardless of their circumstances. He has been a Youth MP for Peterborough, an Olympic Torchbearer and was awarded Peter Jones’ National Entrepreneur of the Year. Kamal founded Aim A Little Higher, and delivers assemblies, workshops and programmes based around themes of self-awareness, clarity of purpose and work ethic working with over 40,000 students across the UK.   Kamal himself transformed from performing less well than he wanted to in his mocks GCSEs to achieving 7A’s & 2A*’s and he now uses [...]

Podcast on Prescription with Kamal Hyman Ellis2021-06-03T14:07:46+01:00

On the podcast today: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

2021-05-20T13:24:13+01:00

On our latest episode of Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil speaks to the incredibly inspiring Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.  As well as a 5 x Gold medal winner, Paralympic Games competitor, world record holder, President of Sports Leaders UK, Chair of UK Active, Chancellor for Northumbria University, President of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Vice-President of the Local Government Association, and one our trustees, Tanni has many achievements and accolades under her belt.  In this episode, Tanni talks about the challenges she's faced throughout her career and how she’s motivated herself to get to where she has. With Dr Radha, they also discuss the ways social prescribing helps people's long-term health and wellbeing and the important role link workers have to support this.  Listen to the podcast now [...]

On the podcast today: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson2021-05-20T13:24:13+01:00
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