Archaeology on Prescription


Archaeology on Prescription is a new, innovative social prescribing project that seeks to engage York’s residents in archaeology. It will improve people’s health and wellbeing, foster new social connections and improve confidence through the building of new skills and knowledge.  The project is currently being piloted by York Archaeology in the shadow of York’s city walls, on the City of York Council-owned site of a former care home. Whilst the project engages with people from all over the city, local residents, particularly those who live or have lived in the surrounding Walmgate area, are also being encouraged to get involved to help create the most detailed picture [...]

Archaeology on Prescription2022-01-14T11:22:42+00:00

Parent Voice – Better Connect in partnership with North Tyneside Carers Centre


Parent Voice is a key project in Better Connect, and North Tyneside Carers Centre (NTCC) are strategic partners in this social prescribing programme. Parent Voice focuses on using creative activities in new and mixed media as a platform to open up conversations with Parent Carers around ‘self’, who they as a person beyond being a parent and a carer. Initial focus group sessions highlighted a high need from Parent Carers who feel they have lost who they are as a person and want to reclaim their identity. Artists work alongside participants to help them engage with and explore [...]

Parent Voice – Better Connect in partnership with North Tyneside Carers Centre2022-01-12T16:31:38+00:00

Heeley City Farm – community heritage


Heeley City Farm has been successfully delivering Community Heritage Work across Sheffield and beyond since 2008. This is a friendly farm and environmental visitor centre in Heeley, at the heart of South Yorkshire - a place where children and adults can come and meet friendly animals, enjoy fresh, home cooked meals in the Café or stock up on plants from the peat-free Garden Centre. There are also lots of events and activities in support of the local people’s wellbeing and health – from support groups for dementia patients’ carers, through volunteer gardening and food growing sessions and community [...]

Heeley City Farm – community heritage2021-12-14T11:45:01+00:00

Victorious Women of Valiant Workshop: supporting survivors of domestic abuse


Janet Walker, founder of Victorious Women of Valiant and a domestic abuse survivor, tells us about the service she offers to other women who have been through similar experiences.    Victorious Women of Valiant Workshop is a three week series of four hour sessions designed to help women overcome the trauma of domestic abuse (DA) and reduce the mental health impact this may have caused.   As a DA survivor from an 18 year marriage, I have lived experience, and I identified key areas that helped me to recover from the trauma of the abuse. I wanted to use what I had learned and the skills I had developed [...]

Victorious Women of Valiant Workshop: supporting survivors of domestic abuse2021-10-05T11:23:55+01:00

S2R Support to Recovery


 S2R Support to Recovery is an independent mental health and wellbeing charity, working across Kirklees, offering a range of wellbeing, creative and outdoor workshops. They are a partner in the Third Sector Leaders Kirklees - Well Connected North Kirklees, a Thriving Communities project providing a wide range of accessible, enjoyable activities to address urgent local health priorities including diabetes, obesity, and mental health.  Due to the Covid pandemic situation, S2R designed a diverse range of online and meet up health and wellbeing activities, that local marginalised communities could assess and take part in. Working in partnership with TSL we recognised that we had to meet this [...]

S2R Support to Recovery2021-10-04T16:19:31+01:00

Helix Arts: Better Connect – from attendee to volunteer


Debbie Reed started her journey with Helix Arts around 2 years ago, slap bang in the middle of a pandemic. – and she is now an amazingly committed Helix Arts Volunteer for our social prescribing programme Better Connect supported through Thriving Communities. Better Connect is the Helix Arts led social prescribing programme working with a network of Community Voluntary Sector organisations who share values and ambitions for the role of arts and health. Better Connect involves a mixed cultural programme which prioritises and supports carers across North Tyneside. Helix Arts developed a relationship with First Contact Clinical (FCC) and [...]

Helix Arts: Better Connect – from attendee to volunteer2021-10-07T17:14:55+01:00

Sport on! Sunderland’s Social Prescribing Partnership’s approach to physical activity


Sunderland’s Thriving Communities partnership is always looking at ways to push the boundaries when it comes to movement and sport. We all know the physical and mental health benefits and have seen first-hand the improvements that physical activity can have on individual and community health. Sunderland Social Prescribing Manager, Vicki Kennedy says: ‘We want to continually challenge the norms around ageing and disability and have been testing creative innovative physical activities for everyone. We’ve programmed silent disco’s for children with special educational needs and disabilities, dance for those at risk of trips and falls and last year even [...]

Sport on! Sunderland’s Social Prescribing Partnership’s approach to physical activity2021-08-09T16:03:44+01:00

Heeley and Handlebards – a diverse range of social prescribing activities for 10,000 people in Sheffield


Creative, green and physical activities to help people reconnect – including bicycle powered theatre productions of Shakespeare  Funding awarded from the Thriving Communities Fund for a community to continue building its resilience Co-creation key to developing project with longevity – link workers, community and PCN all involved  Reaching 5000 people face-to-face focused in the most socially deprived areas of the Heeley Plus PCN and another 5000 online across Sheffield  Heeley Trust have been providing much needed support during COVID-19, building on 24 years of support for the Sheffield community. Their aim is to transform how healthcare is delivered in place by building relationships between GPs [...]

Heeley and Handlebards – a diverse range of social prescribing activities for 10,000 people in Sheffield2021-06-01T12:18:46+01:00

Connecting 350 carers with the arts and culture to transform experiences post COVID-19


North Tyneside initiative to use arts for health to support 350 carers in the community  Large numbers of carers need support for their own health and wellbeing  40 year legacy built on with funding from Thriving Communities Fund  Partnership projects and work with community leaders to advocate and support mental health for carers with creativity at it’s heart  Building a community for carers who feel disconnected, revitalising a sense of community      Helix Arts has connected people for almost 40 years using the arts to create change, advocating arts and health for the most excluded and vulnerable communities. They have been awarded funding from the Thriving Communities Fund, to lead the Better Connect project, a [...]

Connecting 350 carers with the arts and culture to transform experiences post COVID-192021-06-01T12:20:06+01:00
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