Getting out and about in Plymouth – nature in Central Park

2021-05-05T15:49:21+01:00

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, a green social prescribing project in Plymouth reflects on their work. Mark Rowles, Deputy CEO and Business Development Manager YMCA Plymouth tells the story of why they are running their project and how things are progressing. Green social prescribing sessions will provide a health and wellbeing programme for new audiences in Central Park, Plymouth. By offering a range of activities including physical activity, outdoor theatre and conservation based offerings, this green social prescribing project will help 400 people to get access to nature and the outdoors. “Many vulnerable people do not have [...]

Getting out and about in Plymouth – nature in Central Park2021-05-05T15:49:21+01:00

Run Talk Run – helping people’s mental health through physical activity

2021-04-28T09:59:43+01:00

Jess Robson, founder of Run Talk Run, talks about how she started the organisation and how they've coped during the pandemic. Run Talk Run was created in 2017 on the back of a year weighed down with depression. Having opted for formal therapy, medication, and other “tickbox” self care strategies without much luck, I discovered one thing which helped a lot - talking about my mental health whilst on a run. I searched for support whereby I could move and talk about my hard days, and negative thoughts but couldn’t find a space that felt right to me in my depressed state.   [...]

Run Talk Run – helping people’s mental health through physical activity2021-04-28T09:59:43+01:00

Dancing through lockdown

2021-04-12T10:28:20+01:00

The Dance Network Association (dna) About dna… dna is a dance organisation that enables people to live more connected, joyful and aspirational lives through dance. Dancing with dna provides opportunities for people to improve their confidence and physical wellbeing, nurtures creativity and independent thinking and enhances friendships through social interaction. dna offers high quality, affordable dance to both the local community in Essex and the national community virtually. Come and see what dna has to offer visit: www.dancenetworkassociation.org.uk Dancing through with dna… Now reaching the anniversary of lockdown 23 March 2021 we wish to share with you a whole [...]

Dancing through lockdown2021-04-12T10:28:20+01:00

Living Healthier Lives in Croydon

2021-04-07T11:58:31+01:00

Croydon Voluntary Action, One Croydon Alliance and partners are working toward a collaborative borough-wide approach to Social Prescribing. Social Prescribing offers unique opportunities moving forward to: Build partnerships between General Practices and the local Voluntary and Community Sector economy Work alongside local Link Workers to strengthen the Voluntary and Community sector Create a service that benefits Communities and local residents Hear from their Link Workers and ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) Community builder on what Social Prescribing is and how the model works in Croydon in this video. You can also read more here. Ideas Hub [...]

Living Healthier Lives in Croydon2021-04-07T11:58:31+01:00

The Power of a Smiling Session

2021-04-20T11:09:24+01:00

Alison Jones is the Artistic Director of Shapeshifter Productions.  In this blog she talks about how she developed Smiling Sessions, singalong sessions for elderly people living in care homes or sheltered accommodation. I am a professional musician, and I have spent a lot of my formative years touring around the world. When I came back to London in 2007, I wanted to put something back into the community. Still passionate about the power of music, I took a small group of musicians to St Christopher’s Hospice in South East London and hosted a singalong session. I was amazed [...]

The Power of a Smiling Session2021-04-20T11:09:24+01:00

Get outdoors – how green social prescribing sessions will support 400 people in Plymouth’s communities

2021-03-18T14:19:13+00:00

Funding to provide a health and wellbeing programme for new audiences in Central Park, Plymouth  Range of activities from partners to enhance use and enjoyment of green space  Green social prescribing will support 400 people to get access to nature and the outdoors, empowering them to embed the use of their park independently  Physical activity, outdoor theatre and conservation based offerings, building on success of existing projects  Argyle Community Trust are proud to be the official charity for Plymouth Argyle Football Club and uses the prestige of football and the reach of the club to inspire, engage and help people of all ages, achieve their full potential. Using Plymouth City [...]

Get outdoors – how green social prescribing sessions will support 400 people in Plymouth’s communities2021-03-18T14:19:13+00:00

Wild Being for health – a social prescribing offering in Reading for 300 people boosted by funding

2021-03-18T14:14:48+00:00

An extensive programme of arts, culture, nature, physical activity and life advice including pop up sessions, English language conversations, and gardening sessions  Funding for Wild Being, offering holistic programme for health for 300 people   A long-term vision for social prescribing and sustainable networks    Wild Being is a project led by Reading Voluntary Action, with varied partners coming together to deliver a holistic structure of support in the region covering the social prescribing pillars of arts and culture, nature, physical activity, and life advice. The funding from Thriving Communities will enable them to extend their social prescribing offering.    “There is already a vibrant social prescribing network in Reading, which involves over 80 organisations providing holistic social, physical and cultural activities to improve wellbeing and [...]

Wild Being for health – a social prescribing offering in Reading for 300 people boosted by funding2021-03-18T14:14:48+00:00

Enhancing the social prescribing offer for young people in Greenwich

2021-03-18T14:14:10+00:00

Funding awarded to Greenwich projects for social prescribing for young people in vulnerable communities, centred around creativity  Focus on those experiencing or fleeing domestic violence  A space to explore healthy relationships through creativity and support     A new partnership between The Her Centre, theatre company Tramshed, and Live Well Greenwich has been formed to develop and enhance the social prescribing offer for young people in the area, which will be boosted by the funding from the Thriving Communities Fund.    Stacy Smith from the Her Centre and Jeremy James from Tramshed say “We are delighted to receive this funding which will enable us to engage [...]

Enhancing the social prescribing offer for young people in Greenwich2021-03-18T14:14:10+00:00

Luton gets active in libraries with a funding boost

2021-03-18T14:13:24+00:00

A rich programme of arts and culture embedded in Luton’s libraries  A specially curated programme of activities for children, young people and adults to address grief, improve mental health, increase skills & confidence and develop friendship networks.  Combines traditional library activities with unconventional offering. An area of deprivation impact by COVID-19 and economic uncertainty    Active Luton has been running social prescribing services since 2018, but COVID-19 has impacted the trust’s ability to develop a bespoke cultural offer for Luton communities. The Thriving Communities fund provides a perfect opportunity to develop this area of work during 2021. And it will all be done through that much loved [...]

Luton gets active in libraries with a funding boost2021-03-18T14:13:24+00:00

Over 100 people in diverse communities to benefit from social prescribing in Trafford, Manchester

2021-03-18T14:12:45+00:00

Varied programme of activity covering all elements of social prescribing  Based in local co-op that already engage many of the local community  Robust plan for long term integration, boosted by funding from Thriving Communities Fund  Offering arts and culture, nature, physical activity, and life advice, through eight projects, in an area that has been badly affected by COVID-19    Friends of Stretford Public Hall (FOSPH) is a community-owned co-operative who run the hall as a multipurpose arts and community venue in the Trafford area in Manchester. They will work alongside St John’s Centre, a charity based in a church hall in Old Trafford, and North Trafford Primary Care Network, to deliver an innovative [...]

Over 100 people in diverse communities to benefit from social prescribing in Trafford, Manchester2021-03-18T14:12:45+00:00
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