From aerial silks to ambles in the park – how social prescribing is helping individuals and communities thrive

2021-07-23T13:41:27+01:00

“A very special moment was seeing Marion, 95, swinging freely from an aerial silk hammock and laughing while suspended in the air for the very first time.” Physical activity and exercise is now offered as part of social prescribing as an important way for people to manage their health conditions It will help support people to stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing NASP’s Thriving Communities Programme has funded sports and physical activity projects to help individuals and communities tackle loneliness, improve wellbeing and recover from COVID-19 Everything from aerial silks to dementia friendly swimming, walking football to beginners bowls [...]

From aerial silks to ambles in the park – how social prescribing is helping individuals and communities thrive2021-07-23T13:41:27+01:00

Social prescribing brings football home to communities

2021-07-13T12:35:43+01:00

Football projects through the Thriving Communities Programme Fund are helping individuals and communities tackle loneliness, improve wellbeing and recover from COVID-19  It will help support people to stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing   Social prescribing sees football being offered as a tool to manage health conditions  As footballing stars take to the pitch for the final of the European Football Championships, and fans gather round to enjoy the camaraderie of getting behind the national team, we’re reminded of just how powerful football can be.   And across the country the benefits of football are being seen at a grassroots level, through innovative social prescribing projects.  Social prescribing is the process of a [...]

Social prescribing brings football home to communities2021-07-13T12:35:43+01:00

MPs and Peers to scrutinise the benefits of the natural environment on our health and wellbeing

2021-07-06T15:22:37+01:00

A new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Health and the Natural Environment has been established to investigate the benefits that connecting with the natural environment has on our health and wellbeing. The group, which is chaired by Alexander Stafford MP, will investigate: The impact and benefits of nature to peoples’ health and wellbeing particularly those most heavily impacted by COVID or from disadvantage areas. The challenges and barriers to helping more people access the natural environment more regularly, especially those from disadvantaged areas, and what changes in policy and provision are required. How we might build resilience in local communities, by looking [...]

MPs and Peers to scrutinise the benefits of the natural environment on our health and wellbeing2021-07-06T15:22:37+01:00

Social prescribing connects people experiencing loneliness and social isolation, to support individuals and communities recovering from the pandemic

2021-06-16T16:09:35+01:00

Isolation and loneliness has been a key issue during the pandemic, with 7.2% of adults reporting loneliness from Oct 2020 – Feb 2021  The impact of loneliness on health – physical and mental – is significant   Across the country innovative social prescribing projects are connecting people to improve outcomes and transform lives  The National Academy for Social Prescribing is playing a key role in supporting work in this area by working with key partners through its Thriving Communities Programme  Loneliness is one of the biggest challenges of our time, affecting people of all ages and background (Campaign to End Loneliness) and has been exacerbated by COVID-19. Since spring 2020, when the first national lockdown began, levels of [...]

Social prescribing connects people experiencing loneliness and social isolation, to support individuals and communities recovering from the pandemic2021-06-16T16:09:35+01:00

Over 600 pieces of artwork created in lockdown will form new nationwide exhibition to highlight the power of art on health and wellbeing

2021-06-15T10:18:05+01:00

Art by Post participants. Credits (L-R): Kate Elliott; Kate Elliott; Eoin Carey Art by Post: Unlocking creativity for our wellbeing launches at the Southbank Centre this September before touring nationwide for five months Creative responses from over 4,500 Art by Post participants have been selected and carefully curated for this one-of-a-kind exhibition The ambitious project is delivered in partnership with the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) and supported by leading international health bodies, including the World Health Organisation, as well as 13 delivery partners and over 150 domestic referral partners The announcement comes as the Southbank Centre makes [...]

Over 600 pieces of artwork created in lockdown will form new nationwide exhibition to highlight the power of art on health and wellbeing2021-06-15T10:18:05+01:00

Social prescribing playbook launched at the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin, supporting social prescribing to spread globally 

2021-05-28T11:55:17+01:00

The National Academy for Social Prescribing, working as part of the Global Social Prescribing Alliance, has launched its ‘Good Health and Wellbeing - Social Prescribing’ Playbook at an international event today, demonstrating how to implement social prescribing as a revolutionary approach to improving health and wellbeing on a global scale.   The Playbook showcases best practices in social prescribing, and highlights shared learning that can support health systems around the world to navigate good health and wellbeing during and after the pandemic.   It builds on the momentum and vision set out by the global leaders through their Sustainable Development Goals to ‘leave no one behind’, launched at the UN General Assembly in 2015. It also supports [...]

Social prescribing playbook launched at the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin, supporting social prescribing to spread globally 2021-05-28T11:55:17+01:00

The National Academy for Social Prescribing announces new trustees

2021-05-17T12:32:23+01:00

The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) is delighted to announce the appointment of five new trustees to its board.   Chris Askew OBE, Dr.Harry Brunjes, Brad Gudger, Sarah Metcalfe and Gay Palmer will be joining the organisation’s Board and will work with our four existing trustees.  These appointments will enable NASP to build on the work undertaken during its first full year as an organisation which has included, the launch of the organisation’s strategic plan, ‘A Social Revolution in Wellbeing’, the development of an academic collaboration to improve the evidence for social prescribing, the contribution to the establishment of a global social prescribing alliance. Additionally, NASP, along with its partners, recently announced that the Thriving Communities fund will provide 37 projects across England with [...]

The National Academy for Social Prescribing announces new trustees2021-05-17T12:32:23+01:00

Funding for green social prescribing helps communities recover from COVID-19

2021-05-10T13:59:25+01:00

Nature is the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week Getting into green spaces is key for physical and mental health Social Prescribing Link Workers and other healthcare professionals are helping people and patients improve their health by accessing and undertaking activities in nature At least 7,500 people will be connected to nature for their health and wellbeing, thanks to 10 innovative green social prescribing projects across the country, funded by cross-partnership Thriving Communities Fund. These projects will seek to unlock the potential of green social prescribing for people in their communities especially those most impacted by COVID-19 and health [...]

Funding for green social prescribing helps communities recover from COVID-192021-05-10T13:59:25+01:00

37 social prescribing projects announced to help communities thrive across England, thanks to £1.8 million fund

2021-03-18T15:54:10+00:00

£1.8 million to fund 37 local projects through the Thriving Communities Programme has been announced today Projects will tackle loneliness, improve wellbeing and help communities recover from COVID-19 It will help support people to stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) and Arts Council England, Historic England and Natural England, NHS England and Improvement, Sport England, the Money and Pensions Service and NHS Charities Together, as part of the Thriving Communities Programme, will fund 37 community projects up to £50,000 each to further advance social prescribing and support communities as they recover from [...]

37 social prescribing projects announced to help communities thrive across England, thanks to £1.8 million fund2021-03-18T15:54:10+00:00

Celebrating Social Prescribing Day – 18 March 2021

2021-03-12T16:41:39+00:00

  Taking place on Thursday 18 March 2021, this year's Social Prescribing Day will celebrate the thousands of people and projects helping to maintain the health of our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. There's lots of ways to get involved in Social Prescribing Day: Share your story Whether you've set up a project or if you know someone who's benefitted from a face to face or online social prescribing iniative during the pandemic, share your story and let us know how social prescribing has help us stay connected, healthy and engaged Make it social Use #SocialPrescribingDay to share your message on [...]

Celebrating Social Prescribing Day – 18 March 20212021-03-12T16:41:39+00:00
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