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

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

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

Practicing Distance, Seeking Connection

2020-04-21T14:13:06+01:00

James Sanderson, CEO of National Academy of Social Prescibing. In difficult times, we all need the ability to talk, to connect, to feel reassured that we are not alone. Many of us will have strong support networks available to us and positive family relationships. But others will lack these connections for a myriad of reasons. We know that the impact of this can be devastating, and that people who are socially isolated are more likely to experience worse health outcomes than those who benefit from strong social connection. Social Prescribing offers a chance to remedy this for many people, [...]

Practicing Distance, Seeking Connection2020-04-21T14:13:06+01:00
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