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

Slough CVS – supporting wellbeing through creativity


Slough CVS has been organising initiatives to help connect clients with low to moderate levels of depression, anxiety, stress, isolation, and loneliness, to focus their energy on a positive activity. The Thriving Communities  Supporting Well Being through Creativity offers a  range of activities from community link groups covering health, exercise, arts, music dance, chats, environmental understanding, happiness get-togethers and more.   Activities include arts and crafts sessions, Connect Programmes: Exploring identity and self-expression in a creative way, and cultural and social community activities, such as singing sessions. This will help overcome barriers to mental wellbeing, by enabling clients to focus their energy on creative and positive activities.    Slough CVS [...]

Slough CVS – supporting wellbeing through creativity2021-10-04T16:06:44+01:00

Physical activity helps people’s mental health in Plymouth


As part of the Green Social Prescribing project in Plymouth, Argyle Community Trust are currently delivering a range of weekly activities which aim to encourage people from the local community to become more physically active and get back into the great outdoors. It has also been found that physical activity has also had a positive impact on participant’s mental health, reducing social isolation and improving their overall wellbeing.  In particular, a Compassionate Café has been delivered, in partnership with St. Luke’s Hospice, throughout the summer aimed at supporting older people who are at risk of isolation and have also possibly recently gone through [...]

Physical activity helps people’s mental health in Plymouth2021-10-04T15:45:08+01:00

Waterways and wellbeing


The Canal & River Trust will lead partners who are using the natural asset of the Nottingham & Beeston Canal to provide physical activity, art, heritage and food-based activities for local people.  It’s not just physical activity though. Their programme has supported people’s mental wellbeing too.  The Waterways & Wellbeing project in Nottingham has seen around 100 people taking part in paddleboarding and canoeing sessions on the canal running through the city. The sessions, run by waterways and wellbeing charity the Canal & River Trust, have given those taking part the opportunity to enjoy some relaxing time on [...]

Waterways and wellbeing2021-10-04T15:45:28+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

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


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

A Green Happy Café in the centre of Northampton


To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, the Thriving Communities funded Green Happy Café in Northamptonshire, led by Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust, reflects on their work to embed green social prescribing in the community for 3000 people. One of the project partners, Dr David Smart, Clinical Director Prevention and Mental Health, General Practice Alliance, tells us more. “The main target group of the population we are working with are people with long-term conditions and low wellbeing. The beautiful Delapre Park sits within an urban environment, making it an ideal location. For many with long-term conditions they have become isolated [...]

A Green Happy Café in the centre of Northampton2021-08-09T15:32:02+01:00

Getting out and about in Plymouth – nature in Central Park


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 Park2021-08-09T15:33:40+01:00

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


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 communities2021-06-01T12:15:12+01:00

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


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 funding2021-06-01T12:14:32+01:00
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