Ageing Better Camden Connects with Older Men


Jo Stapleton,  Ageing Better in Camden, Good Practice Mentor, Outreach Specialist (Age UK Camden). Jo Stapleton shares findings from a Social action research report, commissioned by Age UK Camden, Outreach Service, part of the 2015-March 2022, Ageing Better in Camden programme funded by Lottery Community Fund. The report shines a light on the research undertaken across Camden with 36 older men engaged on the streets, in pubs and living in sheltered housing.   The project was created in response to a need to proactively find and engage with the older people ‘no-body knows’ through the outreach service. These were [...]

Ageing Better Camden Connects with Older Men2022-04-19T11:05:32+01:00

Somers Town Museum – “A space for us”


Diana Foster, director of the Somers Town History Club, founded ‘A space for us’, a living memory project - not only to celebrate the local heritage and history, but also to benefit the local community as a social enterprise through education and arts. Diana wanted to create a space for people to come together and share narratives of life, place and the past. Through workshops, campaigns, walks and talks, members could come together to discuss art, historic publications and photographs - but most importantly, they could share stories. The club has been very successful and has been helping [...]

Somers Town Museum – “A space for us”2021-12-01T15:35:22+00:00

Back on Track: Financial Shield


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

Connecting link workers to the community fabric


Following their piece published in April, we're hearing again from Croydon Voluntary Action about how they are helping their Social Prescribing Link Workers connect with the community. Relationship and community are crucial. Dr Julian Abel says “They are fundamental to our health. If this was a tablet, it would be an absolute medical miracle.” (Pinker (2015), The Village Effect). In Croydon we’ve been hosting virtual ‘Meet Your Link Worker’ events across the borough, asking social prescribing link workers from each locality to co-host. We put the call out to local people and organisations to hear about their experiences [...]

Connecting link workers to the community fabric2021-08-09T13:44:02+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

Advice4Renters – helping private renters across London


Advice4Renters are the only advice agency dedicated to private renters across the capital. Supporting Londoners in housing need for over thirty years. Read about their social prescribing services below: What support can social prescribing link workers access for their clients? We have developed a suite of complementary services to support the work of social prescribing including: Support for clients with money worries A mentoring and befriending service How does social prescribing fit into your core work? Our overarching aim is to improve health and wellbeing.  We see at first hand the impact on people’s health from living in [...]

Advice4Renters – helping private renters across London2021-08-09T15:52:33+01:00

Living Healthier Lives in Croydon


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

Enhancing the social prescribing offer for young people in Greenwich


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 Greenwich2021-06-01T12:12:58+01:00
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