Zoë FreedmanKeymaster15th December 2020 at 3:56 pmPost count: 57
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.
Suzanne NobleParticipant14th February 2021 at 10:58 amPost count: 1
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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Thomas MonaghanParticipant17th February 2021 at 2:59 pmPost count: 3
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 FreedmanKeymaster22nd February 2021 at 4:21 pmPost count: 57
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 AsheModerator11th March 2021 at 11:29 amPost count: 15
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!
RanaParticipant17th March 2021 at 3:09 pmPost count: 1
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 ,
Helen FParticipant19th March 2021 at 12:22 pmPost count: 1
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 CuttsParticipant19th March 2021 at 12:29 pmPost count: 2
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.
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Sarah MarrisonParticipant22nd March 2021 at 2:14 pmPost count: 1
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ali DownesParticipant25th March 2021 at 8:06 amPost count: 2
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.
Dan RobertsParticipant25th March 2021 at 3:45 pmPost count: 1
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?
GoldiesUKParticipant30th March 2021 at 3:03 pmPost count: 1
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 email@example.com, we frequently host people (or short videos) in our Tuesday sessions.
Desi GradinarovaModerator31st March 2021 at 11:25 amPost count: 4
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. 🙂
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