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    • Zoë Freedman
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      Please add your introductions here!

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    • Zoë Freedman
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      Hi, I’m Zoë Freedman. I’m the Thriving Communities Network Officer at NASP.
      What do I do? I’m setting up the Thriving Communities network, running webinars and working on the Ideas Hub. I see Thriving Communities and this network in particular as a fantastic opportunity to connect up grassroots VCFSE organisations working really hard in their local communities, to offer them support and the chance to link up with others in their areas.
      A little more about me: I’ve come to NASP from the Personalised Care Group at NHS England where I’ve worked since 2017. Before that I was an opera singer and singing teacher – bit of a radical career change! As with most people in the arts I had various jobs over the years including Orchestral Manager, Recycling Promoter, and Travel Planning Advisor! I also did a degree in English and Theatre Studies many moons ago. I was going to end with ‘in my spare time I like to…’ but I have an 18 month old so don’t know what spare time is anymore.

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    • Sarah Paine
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      Hello

    • Suzanne Noble
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      Hi, I’m Suzanne, the co-director of Advantages of Age. We support over 50s to discover pathways to employment by running an 8 week eLearning programme called Startup School for Seniors. We have been funded by London Community Response to develop our platform as a result of the thousands of over 50s made redundant or unemployed as a result of COVID-19. The first programme was delivered in September – November 2020 and, since then, we have been commissioned by Hammersmith & Fulham and Camden Giving to deliver programmes to their beneficiaries. We’re interested in social prescribing and especially within the context of how being in work contributes to wellbeing. Keen to explore partnerships with organisations who support older people that would benefit being part of a supportive communitive of over 50s seeking to explore their options specifically around how they relate to self-employment.

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      • Zoë Freedman
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        Hi Suzanne. Thanks for joining the network! If you’re looking to find other organisations in the London area, do put a post in the London regional network to get the conversation going there as well.

      • Esther Watts, South East Regional Lead, NASP
        Moderator
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        Hi Suzanne,

        Welcome! Nice to see you here!

    • Thomas Monaghan
      Participant
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      Hi all, I am Thomas Monaghan from Citizens Advice Northumberland where I work as Fundraising Bid Writer. I am passionate about the work of NASP on a national, regional and local level so I am delighted to join the network!

      • Zoë Freedman
        Keymaster
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        Hi Thomas. Great to have you here! Do join your regional forum and put a post in there if you’d like to find others in your area to connect with. Maybe you have some great resources about how to write successful fundraising bids? It would be wonderful if you wanted to share anything useful. You could start a thread on the national forum. Let me know if I can help at all.

    • Jared Ashe
      Moderator
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      Hi all,

      I’m Jared, I started working for the National Academy for Social Prescribing last month. My background is in the Arts & Culture sector, really interesting to see how the arts can play an integral role in social prescribing. Looking forward to meeting some new people and learning more from you all!

      Jared

    • Rana
      Participant
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      Hello everyone,
      I’m Rana, I’m an Iraqi artist, I do collage artist please see my website http://www.iwaw19.com for my recent exhibition called of ordinary things, I have just joined the National Academy for social prescribing.

      I would like to invite you to attend of activities in this month https://www.iwaw19.com/updated-news-of-iwaw.php.
      I believe art can be very important way to help with well-being and mental health problems.

      Looking forward to work with you
      kind regards ,

      Rana

    • Helen F
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      Hi, I am Helen Fairest and I look after a small grass roots (tree roots) woodland for wellbeing in the City of Worcester. We are wanting to learn more about Social Prescribing and create local links with people in our locality who may benefit from our service and the space we tend. We would also love to make connections, share and learn from similar provider organisations. Thanks, Helen.

    • Nick Cutts
      Participant
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      Hi. I’m Nick Cutts, Chief Executive of OPUS Music, a Community Interest Company and a UK leader on the use of music within health and social care. We deliver practice within a variety of acute and mental health settings across all ages, deliver training for professional musicians nationally and internationally, deliver training and support for health and care professionals on the use of music withn their own scopes of practice for patient and self-care, and advocate for practice via international events and conferences. Really interested to explore how we tie this work into the world of Social Prescribing.

      http://www.opusmusic.org
      http://www.facebook.com/opusmusic.org
      http://www.twitter.com/music_health
      nick@opusmusic.org

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    • Sarah Marrison
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      Hi everyone,

      My name is Sarah Marrison and I am Regional Support Officer for the Growing Care Farming project. I support hundreds of organisations developing or delivering care farming/green care services across all nine English regions and am passionate about green social prescribng having spent around 8 years prior to this role delivering green care interventions on behalf of Groundwork North East. I am employed by Social Farms & Gardens and would encourage anyone eligible to join SF&G as it’s free and you can access free webinars, resources and member benefits as well as becoming part of a community of social farms and community gardens across the UK – https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/join-us.

      I am keen to network with anyone across England delivering or seeking to connect with care farmers as part of my role is to help facilitate regional and local connections between those delivering green care and those seeking places, helping to link up supply and demand.

      Please feel free to ‘friend’ me or drop me an email if you would like to connect – rso@farmgarden.org.uk.

      Sarah

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    • Ali Downes
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      Hi I’m Ali,

      I’m a Clinical Psychologist, Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher and Children’s Yoga Therapist, based in West Yorkshire. I’m just in the process of setting up a CIC focusing on mental health and wellbeing (which I think is going to be really important in the aftermath of COVID). I’m looking to find out more about social prescribing and hopefully to find some opportunities for collaborating with some social prescribing projects.

    • Caroline Thomas
      Participant
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      Hello from Caroline Thomas – Health + Environment Lead for Natural England covering the East Midlands. Happy to help with information on Green Providers in the area.

    • Dan Roberts
      Participant
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      Hi

      I signed up to the network a while back and have been meaning to say hello! So great to see what everyone’s doing. My names Dan, I’m currently the volunteer lead at GraterSport, we’re the Active Partnership working across Greater Manchester.

      My role has been around connecting local support networks to engage communities collaboratively. Mainly linking up with CVS/VCSE infrastructure and the local authority ‘sport development’ team. We’ve managed to make links with social prescribing in one of our boroughs and are now just trying to raise awareness of social prescribing within the community sport and physical activity sector – we created a little write up to showcase what that looks like: https://www.greatersport.co.uk/news/connecting-communities-in-bury – it’s a bit of an adhoc approach, but we’re hoping the relationship between sectors grows over the next 12 months to create more understanding between sectors and between the community.

      I’ve heard people talk of open data as one part of the solution, would love to know is there’s any examples of where the opportunities of clubs/group opportunities being linked into open data?

    • GoldiesUK
      Participant
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      Hi all, Emma Shearman from the Golden-Oldies Charity (Goldies) here.

      Looking forward to getting to know a few more organisations, making some more working partnerships and combating loneliness and isolation together.

      The Goldies Charity are well known and loved for our daytime Sing&Smile sessions which, prior to Lockdown, numbered 220 groups across England and Wales reaching 3500 people every month. These fun social sing-along sessions, alongside intergenerational activities, Age Awareness days, concerts and festive celebrations, aim to combat loneliness with older isolated and vulnerable disabled people, building stronger communities and supportive friendships.

      The COVID-19 pandemic has meant the temporary closure of all Sing&Smile sessions across England and Wales from March 2020, we adapted quickly with the launch of our first ever digital service – http://www.goldieslive.com – fun, free online sing-along, stretch and information sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at 11.00am. If you know someone stuck at home who would enjoy singing with us from their sofa, please tell them about GoldiesLive, it’s completely free of charge. Or if you have any free support services you would like us to inform our participants about then get in touch with me emma@golden-oldies.org.uk, we frequently host people (or short videos) in our Tuesday sessions.

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    • Desi Gradinarova
      Moderator
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      Hi everyone,
      I am Desi Gradinarova and I am the National Lead for the Historic Environment at NASP. I also work as a policy adviser on wellbeing at Historic England. I am working to increase people’s awareness for the massive potential and wellbeing benefits of engaging with your local and national heritage. Would love to hear from anybody who is keen to form partnerships or undertake a project which involves the historic environment in their area – or even just to have a chat about any of these topics.
      If you are interested to learn a bit more about the interaction of heritage and wellbeing, you may have a look at my blogs on NASP’s website or visit Historic England’s Wellbeing pages. 🙂

    • Diane Wilson
      Participant
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      Hello

      I’m Diane Wilson, the Communities Manager from Groundwork Yorkshire.

      I’m looking forward to being a part of the network.

      Kindest regards

      Diane

      • Zoë Freedman
        Keymaster
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        Hi Diane. Thanks for joining the Thriving Communities Network! Best, Zoe

    • Dannielle Roberts
      Participant
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      Hi,
      I’m Dannielle Roberts and I run my own small consultancy called Proper Active, focused around creating welcoming environments for community and physical activity. I’m currently based in Surrey, but shortly moving back to the North-West, which is where I’m from. Social Prescribing is a topic which is a particular personal interest for me and comes up all the time with clients. I’ve been doing desk research over the past year or so to understand what’s been happening and how it is working in different areas. I’m hoping to do more research to help build links between VCSFEs (in particular providers of opportunities for physical activity) and link workers, align needs and priorities and make it easier to get started. Just generally excited to hear about what everyone else is up to and learn from others.
      Thanks
      Danni

      • Zoë Freedman
        Keymaster
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        Hi Dannielle. Great to have you here. Thanks for joining!

    • Louise Montgomery
      Participant
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      Hello, I’m Louise Montgomery and I am Region Health Lead for London at Natural England. I’m keen to hear about nature-based activities and providers that are involved with green/ blue social prescribing in the Greater London area. I’m also happy to support in any way I can in those wanting to develop nature related social prescriptions. Contact me at: Louise.Montgomery@naturalengland.org.uk

    • Sarah Rodway-Swanson
      Participant
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      Hi all.

      I’m Sarah, and I started last month as Project Coordinator for the Thriving Communities Carlisle project. We’re really lucky to be recipients of the TC Fund. In Carlisle this is a partnership project between arts, culture and nature-based organisations + individuals from healthcare and city council. Our project is working to increase connectivity in social prescribing activity in Carlisle, and also delivering a series of ‘pilot wellbeing programmes’ in green spaces around our cities – where people can try out various services and activities.

      Glad to be part of the network, and learn from everyone 🙂

      • Zoë Freedman
        Keymaster
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        Hi Sarah. Welcome and thanks for posting! I hope you’re finding your way around the network. Give me a shout if you need anything.

    • Ann Diment
      Participant
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      Hi, I am new in post as a Creativity and Wellbeing coordinator on the Thriving Communities Somerset project and am really excited to be working on strengthening the SP network in Somerset and supporting a range of activities enabling participants to access The Arts, Nature and Physical activity across the county in the next 12 months to support their wellbeing and reduce isolation. So happy to be part of this network!

      • Zoë Freedman
        Keymaster
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        Hi Ann. Welcome to the Thriving Communities Network! I know the Network is fairly quiet at the moment. If you have anything to share about your project please do put it here, either in the National or your regional network. We’d love to hear what’s happening!

    • James Brown
      Participant
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      Hello, I’m the regional archaeologist for London and South East National Trust covering Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey. Really interested in looking at opportunities to partner social prescribing with heritage projects across the South East. The Trust is well positioned with a wide and diverse portfolio of land holdings and a priority to build partnerships so would be good to chat with some of you about heritage related opportunities.
      Thanks James

    • Tom Watkins
      Moderator
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      Hi everyone, I’m Tom, the new Regional Lead for Thriving Communities in the East of England working with Julie the current regional lead until the end of this month. I have a lot of lived experience in Social Prescribing having been part of the original Community Navigator team in Hertfordshire nearly 10 years ago. I’m a passionate advocate and I know the amazing things it can do to transform lives, empower people and improve wellbeing. Before that I had a career in Arts and Leisure, I was a professional actor and I ran sports clubs and leisure centres. Most recently I have been responsible for a large volunteer centre, deploying thousands of volunteers over the past year and a half in response to the pandemic. I love working with people and I love to help organisations maximise the impact they have in the community. I look forward to getting to know you and supporting the amazing things you do. Hopefully we can provide some excellent learning and development opportunities in the East Region for you.

      • Zoë Freedman
        Keymaster
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        Hi Tom. Great to have you on the Network and welcome to NASP!

    • Nick Cutts
      Participant
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      Hi. I’m Nick Cutts, a bassoonist, pianist, whistle player, guitarist and singer. From a background in professional orchestral management, I trained as a Musician and Trainer for Musicians in Healthcare through European partnerships led by Musique & Sante in France.

      I am Chief Executive of OPUS Music CIC. OPUS is a sector leader in the advocacy, delivery and training for the use of music within health and social care settings, bringing cultural encounters to clinical environments to the benefit of the health and wellbeing of patients and residents, their visitors and health/care staff. OPUS runs training and apprenticeships for Music in Healthcare practice across the UK and beyond, including training for Musicians in Canada and Australia. This training, along with support and advocacy through conferences, symposia and virtual networks, has led to significant growth in sustainable Music in Healthcare practice. OPUS is passionate about the use of music-making as a daily ritual of care and delivers training for care providers in the use of music within their own scopes of practice.

      Our woebsite
      Our facebook page

      Young patient playing drum with OPUS.  Photo: Hugh Miller

    • Emily van Vliet
      Participant
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      Hello, My name is Emily. I am a Project Officer at Active Devon, the regional Active Partnership for Sport England.

    • Olugbemi
      Participant
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      Hello, I am Olugbemi. I work as a Community Engagement Officer for ININI Initiative Ltd, a social enterprise based in Coventry that supports people from BAME backgrounds, people seeking asylum and refugees with the barriers around integration. We do a range of things such as pay for therapy so that clients can access it for free, run peer-support groups, cook and eat together and more!

      • Zoë Freedman
        Keymaster
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        Hi Olugbemi – welcome! Sounds like you’re doing amazing work in Coventry.

        I just wanted to make sure you’d seen Tom’s reply below?

        Zoe

        That sounds like some incredible work you’re doing! What a vital lifeline! Welcome Olugbemi. Have you considered joining our Autumn/Winter Learning Together Programme in your region. Check out what’s on offer https://socialprescribingacademy.org.uk/thriving-communities/learning-together/

    • Tom Watkins
      Moderator
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      That sounds like some incredible work you’re doing! What a vital lifeline! Welcome Olugbemi. Have you considered joining our Autumn/Winter Learning Together Programme in your region. Check out what’s on offer https://socialprescribingacademy.org.uk/thriving-communities/learning-together/

    • Mayita
      Participant
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      Hello, I’m Mayita newly appointed Social Prescriber in Nottingham BACHS pcn. Currently involved in setting up coffee events, mental health support groups for men and young parents as there seems to be a real gap for this particular groups. Looking forward to making contacts and gaining knowledge to support my patients. In the best way possible 🙂

    • Marcia Rose
      Participant
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      Hello Everyone,
      I recently joined the network, I run an Education Support Service (South Birmingham) for CYP Supporting Mental health, anxiety and self-confidence issues, offering 1-1 support sessions. I also busy doing a PhD Social Policy exploring Social Prescribing, so interested in exploring this further.

      kind regards
      Marcia

    • Sarah Marrison
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      Hi everyone,

      I’m Sarah Marrison, Regional Support Officer for the Growing Care Farming Project at Social Farms & Gardens. I thought some of you might be interested in attending an online event we are hosting on 12th October. ‘Green Social Prescribing; Making it work for you'”.

      Green Social Prescribing; Making it work for you
      12th October 2021 10:00 to 12:00

      If you’re confused by green social prescribing, join our Growing Care Farming team for a practical, friendly online session with top tips to take things forward. Find out how green social prescribing is relevant to care farms, green care sites, city farms and community gardens. Learn how it works and how it’s funded, as well as the barriers to becoming involved.

      Open to anyone involved in care farming or green care, no matter what stage you’re at or where you live. Join us to be part of the conversation and solution to moving green social prescribing onwards.

      Please do book a place if you are interested and circulate this event booking link and information amongst your network.

      Best wishes,

      Sarah Marrison
      rso@farmgarden.org.uk

    • Performing Medicine
      Participant
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      Hi

      We’re Performing Medicine, specialist in arts-based healthcare training and research, and wanted to share details of our Open Programme Autumn Season; a range of live courses and creative workshops designed specifically for health and social care professionals to manage post-pandemic workforce changes and challenges.

      As a brief overview, the programme applies a range of art-based skills and techniques to support mental health and wellbeing, and is available to those working in a health and social care environment across clinical and non-clinical roles. From self-care and managing stress, to communicating with a mask, and anatomical art; there is an exciting range of high-quality interactive workshops and courses, ranging from evening sessions to four-week courses, both live online and face-to-face.

      Take a look at the courses and dates on our website, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you to the courses!

    • Rosie Barker
      Participant
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      Hello all, I’m Rosie, Senior Engagement Officer at Birmingham Museums Trust. I was a previous regional Museums Champion for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, and have been delivering wellbeing activities at our Trust for the last 6 years. We’re looking to develop more activities around social prescribing over the next few years so looking forward to learning more!

    • Nerida
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      Hi I am the Community Outreach Coordinator for Campaspe Library Service, northern Victoria, Australia. As the Outreach Coordinator I have taken a strong position partnering with local health service providers and care agencies, carers and family, raising awareness within our communities of the capabilities of libraries beyond the physical walls of the buildings, reaching out and supporting community members isolated by location, circumstance or choice. Through our partnerships with local providers they now have a new perception of where libraries fit in relation to the health service social determinants of health. Most importantly local providers now also recognise that the social role of libraries is not as social workers but as information disseminators and connectors to community and recreational support. Our Outreach Wellbeing programs have been running for over 5 years now. All that we have been doing, and continue to do, supports Social, Mental and Emotional wellbeing. Our aim … to reduce barriers to participation by ensuring community members have access to resources, opportunities and capabilities to engage, contribute, use local services and connect with their/our communities. I’m looking forward to being further inspired by what is happening in this space around the world.

    • Tom Watkins
      Moderator
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      This is amazing stuff Nerida, thank you for reaching out across the world to share news of your work. The power of social prescribing is truly global and the impact of community libraries goes far beyond being a great place to pick up a good book! They are ideally placed as community access points, a place to connect and share. I believe social prescribing has the biggest impact on our personal story, we need to be in control of it and as a social species we need to share it with others, what better place for this to happen than in the home of stories – a library! I hope you may be able to connect with some of the work we’re involved in at NASP with the Global Social Prescribing Alliance. Warmest wishes from the UK!

    • Rachel Lawrence
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      Hello everyone!
      I’m Rachel Lawrence, a PhD Psychology student at the University of Surrey. My project is focussing on the impact of the pandemic on Social Prescribing (SP) services which provide support for older adults (aged 50+) and exploring the potential to use SP to support older adults going forward, in the pandemic recovery period.

      I have joined this group to make connections with everyone in the SP community and hopefully get some help with participant recruitment. I have a survey currently live collecting data for Study 1 but we haven’t had many responses at all and I really need some more before the end of January 2022! Any help, advice or just general chats to connect would be great!

      BW,
      Rachel

    • Music for All / Tony Followell
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      Hi, I’m Tony Followell, Chair of Trustees for the UK-wide charity Music for All. We believe passionately in the power of music making to change lives. We know just how important music making can be in terms of health and wellbeing throughout our lives and we provide vital instruments and grants towards the purchase of instruments and tuition, to enable those in need to experience the benefits of music making. We would love to hear from you if you share similar aims or would like to apply for help from us. Looking forward to hearing from us. Best regards, Tony

    • Laura Brown
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      Hello! I’m Laura and I’ve just started this week as the Regional Health Lead Advisor for London at Natural England (taking over from Louise Montgomery, whom some of you may know). My role involves understanding and improving opportunities for green and blue social prescribing in Greater London. I’ll be working closely with NASP and its other social prescribing “pillars” in the region.

      Prior to joining Natural England, I spent seven years with the Bat Conservation Trust, where I witnessed first hand the powerful impact that encountering and rescuing bats can have on people’s well-being and attitudes. I’m very excited about working with all of you on the social prescribing initiative and having the opportunity to help make these benefits available to more people.

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    • Anna Skipper
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      Hi Lovely to meet you all. I am Anna and am relatively new to my role as Strategic Lead for Population Health with Active Norfolk. I am looking to connect with social prescribers within Norfolk to raise the profile of our work and all things related to Physical Activity. Looking forwards to collaborating.

      • Tom Watkins
        Moderator
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        Great to see you on here Anna, it was brilliant to connect in December and hear about the work you’re doing in Norfolk with physical activity.
        Hope you’re able to make some good connections here and please do reach out any time to the regional team who are here to help.
        Definitely some great stuff coming out of Norfolk at the moment to keep an eye on!

    • Domestic Abuse Trainer
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      I am presently running a introduction to the training coffee mornings around the Sheffield area. Due to the sensitivity of the topic training is 1-1 in a community setting. The training has received CPD accreditation and referrals can be made at anytime. My focus is telling your story and I will share my story of abuse and my road to freedom. For further details please watch out for dates and venue for the coffee mornings. Look forward to meeting you.

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