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    • Desi Gradinarova
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      GPs to prescribe financial advice to patients with long-term conditions

      Hi everyone – just saw this article in the Guardian about GPs prescribing financial advice sessions for patients as part of a pilot scheme to help people with long-term health conditions. Under the scheme in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, doctors will send patients to see financial support link workers, who will help them claim benefits, obtain grants for essential items and deal with debts. Read the whole article here, its really interesting – https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/apr/18/gps-to-prescribe-financial-advice-to-patients-with-long-term-conditions

    • Jared Ashe
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      New £2.4m pilot for people in mental health crisis to help avoid spiralling debt

      The Money & Pensions Service have launched a new £2.4m pilot which aims to join up the mentla health sector with debt advice services – a scheme called Breathing Space.

      The full details are available here: New £2.4m pilot for people in mental health crisis to help avoid spiralling debt – including some really interesting quotes and information from MaPS, Rethink Mental Illness, and the AMHP Leads Network.

    • Zoë Freedman
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      Thriving Communities and Accelerating Innovation hosted a webinar on 5th October on Financial Wellbeing and Social Prescribing. Here are the slides and some resources that were shared.

      https://www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en/money-troubles/scams/how-to-spot-a-pension-scam
      https://www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en/benefits/problems-with-benefits/what-to-do-now-your-post-office-card-account-is-closing

      https://www.foodaidnetwork.org.uk/cash-first-leaflets

      If you contact your MaPS Regional Manager they will be able to send you a useful checklist of benefits and grant support. This was developed by Income Max. It is a PDF with links into the options. The MaPS regional managers can be found here: https://moneyandpensionsservice.org.uk/financial-wellbeing-in-the-workplace/contact-our-partnerships-team/

      Dawn Cummins from Money and Pensions Service had some conversation prompts to help people talk about financial wellbeing:
      Dawn had a number of conversation prompts to help people start talking about financial issues:
      Are you experiencing any money worries at the moment?
      – These could either just be affecting you or something impacting other people in your family or household as well.
      – The types of worries could include not being able to pay a bill on time; borrowing money from a bank or credit card, loan company or family; spending more money than they feel happy about; being put under pressure by someone they know to spend money, or someone is controlling how they use their money.

      How do you feel about your current money situation?
      – What words would you use to describe how thinking about money makes you feel?
      – Do you spend a lot of time thinking about your money worries?
      – Do you ever manage to put your financial situation out of your mind?
      – Do you find yourself blocking out thoughts about money?

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    • Zoë Freedman
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      You can catch up with our financial wellbeing webinar here on our website: https://socialprescribingacademy.org.uk/thriving-communities-webinars/

    • Zoë Freedman
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      Financial Shield Learning Network: An opportunity to discuss the future of debt support and social prescribing
      You are invited to the Financial Shield Learning Network’s inaugural session which will bring together policy makers, industry experts, community and health workers to review the findings from the interim evaluation report on the Financial Shield pilot.
      This conference will provide attendees and speakers alike with the opportunity to discuss the future of social prescribing, and innovative new ways to help those suffering simultaneously from the impact of debt and long-term health conditions.
      The webinar will take place on 24th November between 2pm and 3pm. The event will be split into three sessions, chaired by Yvonne Fovargue MP, Chair of the APPG on Debt and Personal Finance. You can register here.

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