New programme launches to fuel innovation in social prescribing

2021-09-02T11:30:08+01:00

Demand for social prescribing services is expected to increase following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic New programme will help national voluntary organisations harness innovation to help support people across the country through social prescribing Designed to bring together national organisations to share resources, skills and experience between themselves and local organisations Aims to increase opportunities for people impacted by health inequalities and COVID-19 to access social prescribing activities. A new programme has been launched to help national voluntary organisations from across multiple sectors particularly financial wellbeing, arts, nature and physical activity to work together alongside local communities to increase the [...]

New programme launches to fuel innovation in social prescribing2021-09-02T11:30:08+01:00

Music will help more people living with dementia, thanks to new funding for social prescribing

2021-08-19T09:24:03+01:00

  Music can help reduce the often-distressing symptoms of dementia, for example 40% reduction in depression levels through regular singing in care settings. It can also improve quality of life, creating moments of joy by bringing people into the here and now. New funding from Music for Dementia and the National Academy for Social Prescribing will help more people benefit from the power of music and social prescribing by providing grants to organisations delivering musical services for people with dementia. New funding will allow more people with dementia to benefit from the power of music through specially designed programmes including singing, [...]

Music will help more people living with dementia, thanks to new funding for social prescribing2021-08-19T09:24:03+01:00

From Couch to Financial Fitness: New programme launched to help the UK build their money muscles

2021-08-09T13:23:19+01:00

New MoneyHelper service launches online programme to boost UK’s financial fitness As it reports 1.2 million more visits to money guidance websites during the pandemic Nation urged to start building financial wellbeing at pivotal time for personal finances A new online programme inspired by the popular step-by-step training app, ‘Couch to 5K’, has been launched today to help people build back their financial fitness during the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘Couch to Financial Fitness’, available on the recently launched MoneyHelper website, coaches people to improve their financial wellbeing week by week, whether they are a complete beginner or getting back on track, in [...]

From Couch to Financial Fitness: New programme launched to help the UK build their money muscles2021-08-09T13:23:19+01:00

Social prescribing for young people – integrating arts, culture, and heritage, physical activity, green spaces and nature and life advice into health and social care

2021-08-26T09:46:51+01:00

Three quarters of mental health difficulties occur before the age of 25, and half before the age of 14 (Kessler et al., 2005). Early intervention can have positive effects on outcomes (e.g. Correll et al., 2018), yet children and young people are less likely to seek support from mental health services (Rickwood, Deane & Wilson, 2007).  But, many organisations believe that social prescribing activities can help young people and adults, and the people who support them, to manage and improve their health and wellbeing in ways that are enjoyable and engaging.  It’s something artist and National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) Ambassador Ashton Attzs is passionate about and discussed [...]

Social prescribing for young people – integrating arts, culture, and heritage, physical activity, green spaces and nature and life advice into health and social care2021-08-26T09:46:51+01:00

Tom Watkins of Communities 1st announced as Thriving Communities Lead for the East Region

2021-07-30T11:54:18+01:00

The National Academy for Social Prescribing is delighted to announce that Tom Watkins of Communities 1st will be Thriving Communities Lead for the East Region.  Communities 1st are a voluntary sector infrastructure organisation; CVS, Volunteer Centre, Wellbeing Services and Voluntary support organisation based in Hertfordshire. Prior to taking on the role for NASP Tom has worked here leading the Volunteer Centre team as Volunteering Development manager since 2019. They have been awarded a contract by NASP to build and deliver the Thriving Communities programme across the East of England region.   Thriving Communities is the National Support Programme initiated by NASP in response to the impact and challenges caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. It’s aimed [...]

Tom Watkins of Communities 1st announced as Thriving Communities Lead for the East Region2021-07-30T11:54:18+01:00

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
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