Communications Specification


We are looking for a communications service to help support the exciting and extensive work that the National Academy of Social Prescribing has planned. The brief outlines the support that we are looking for to help us ‘make some noise’ about social prescribing and all that it has to offer. If you are similarly enthused and engaged by this challenge, we would love to hear from you. For more information email the by 5pm Monday 20th July.

Communications Specification2020-07-01T15:44:54+01:00

Southbank Centre – Art by Post


This month Southbank Centre launches Art by Post, a unique scheme which aims to reach people who are isolated and unable to access the internet by delivering free booklets of creative activities through the letterbox. The poetry and art activity booklets are designed for people living with dementia and long term health conditions, and are designed to keep participants’ minds active, help them feel connected to others and improve their mental health and wellbeing. Family members, friends and carers are encourages to take part as well, to support their participation and to create opportunities for connection and shared experiences at [...]

Southbank Centre – Art by Post2020-10-27T11:13:21+00:00

National Emergencies Trusts provides £5 million funding to local groups responding to COVID 19.


The National Emergencies Trust has announced £5m of funding will be distributed to front line charities today helping those most impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, thanks to the generosity of the UK public, major charitable trusts and corporate donations. So far, around half of the £16m total pledged to the Coronavirus Appeal has been given out and will be distributed through the UK Community Foundations to 45 local community foundations across the country. Further distributions will be made in the coming weeks. Local groups already benefitting from the appeal include Horncastle Food Bank in Lincolnshire which has seen a 300% [...]

National Emergencies Trusts provides £5 million funding to local groups responding to COVID 19.2020-04-17T11:19:54+01:00

Helpful new COVID 19 resource – Personalised Wellbeing Plan template


We’re keen to support people through COVID 19, particularly where people are self-isolating or shielding and need support to stay safe at home. We’ve worked with partners to provide a Personalised Wellbeing Plan template, which can be used by anyone who is self-isolating, family, friends, healthcare professionals and carers to summarise a person’s personal circumstances, and the things that matter most to them at this time. Personalised wellbeing plan Guidance - Personal Wellbeing Plan We want to reduce the number of times people need to tell or repeat their story to someone new. It is a helpful way of having [...]

Helpful new COVID 19 resource – Personalised Wellbeing Plan template2020-04-16T09:07:03+01:00



The facts                                   We want to support people who are working in communities to reduce the impact of Coronavirus and its effect on daily life.  The starting point is to make sure that we all have correct and current information. The links below are regularly updated: The UK Government’s coronavirus information For individuals, you can find medical guidance on coronavirus on the NHS website. For clinicians, the NHS England and Improvement website contains regularly updated guidance. Sharing ideas for virtual communities We want to help people carry on living the best life they can at the same time that they are staying safe [...]


£1 million investment in local communities announced, to help people live healthier lives


The National Academy for Social Prescribing has today launched its blueprint for supporting social prescribing across the country which includes a £1 million fund and backing from major national partners – Arts Council England, National Garden Scheme and Southbank Centre. The Academy also calls on each local NHS body to develop a local social prescribing plan to outline how they will work with local community groups and the voluntary sector to help ensure the availability of social prescribing in their community. The Academy will also offer support to achieve this. Social prescribing aims to support people to stay healthy in [...]

£1 million investment in local communities announced, to help people live healthier lives2020-03-13T15:01:21+00:00

Board meeting confirms next steps for NASP


The NASP Board had its first full meeting today (Wed 18 December) and signed off the important next steps for the Academy. Some of the immediate priorities are to secure the future format of the organisation and it was agreed that an application for charitable status would be made in the new year.  Having supported the Academy to reach this stage, it was agreed that Jonathan Marron and James Sanderson would step down from their role as directors. The Board thanked them for their hard work in helping the Academy to get off the ground, and for the momentum which [...]

Board meeting confirms next steps for NASP2019-12-19T09:04:28+00:00

Social prescribing: new national academy set up


The academy will help more people benefit from arts, sport and leisure activities across the country Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock is setting out his ambition for every patient in the country to have access to social prescribing schemes on the NHS as readily as they do medical care. Social prescribing involves helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to community services. This can include activities such as art and singing classes. The National Academy for Social Prescribing will work to: standardise the quality and range of [...]

Social prescribing: new national academy set up2019-10-23T16:03:27+01:00

Army of workers to support family doctors


An army of advisers will be recruited to help patients live fitter, healthier lives and combat anxiety, loneliness and depression under plans to ramp up social prescribing set to be launched by NHS England this week. Around half of GP appointments are not directly related to medical conditions, according to experts. Growing evidence shows that referrals to community services such as exercise or art classes, history groups and even ballroom dancing can boost health and wellbeing more than dishing out pills or other treatments. Now NHS England plans to recruit 1,000 social prescribing ‘link workers’ as part of the NHS Long [...]

Army of workers to support family doctors2019-10-23T10:04:12+01:00

The power of the arts and social activities to improve the nation’s health


Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock speaks to the King's Fund about the benefits of social prescribing. I love my job. I get to see brilliant doctors and inspirational nurses, courageous paramedics and committed carers. I get to meet people who save lives each and every day. Yet, there were some perks to being Culture Secretary. You’d get to go to the Tate, the National, the Royal Opera House for work. You’d get to rub shoulders with the likes of Grayson Perry, Anthony Gormley and even the legendary Ronnie Wood. Although, when Ronnie offered me a little pick-me-up at [...]

The power of the arts and social activities to improve the nation’s health2019-10-23T10:05:17+01:00
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