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    • Zoë Freedman
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      This thread will be for all the info you need about the Thriving Communities national webinar series.

    • Zoë Freedman
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      Thriving Communities webinar series: Loneliness and Social Prescribing
      Tuesday May 11th 3-4pm

      The next Thriving Communities webinar will explore how social prescribing can help tackle loneliness ahead of Loneliness Awareness Week 14-18 June.

      In this webinar you’ll learn about:
      – The context of loneliness – who gets lonely? How many people does it affect across the country? How does it affect people’s health and wellbeing?
      – The impact that social prescribing can have on loneliness.
      – Some great projects around the country who are working hard to reduce loneliness in their areas.
      – Some top tips to make your community group loneliness friendly.

      This webinar is aimed at:
      – Anyone in the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector with an interest in social prescribing and/or loneliness.
      – Social prescribing link workers
      – NHS, local government and arms-length body staff

      Please see our Thriving Communities webinars page for more details and to listen to previous webinars in the series.

      Register here.

    • Zoë Freedman
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      Loneliness is at an all time high: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-56808885
      And lockdown loneliness could leave people ‘stuck’.
      The ONS ran a survey from October 2020 to February 2021, which found the level of loneliness across the UK had increased since Spring 2020.
      Here are some helpful links from the Campaign to End Loneliness: https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/helpful-links/
      And our next Thriving Communities webinar on Tuesday 11th May 3-4pm is also on this topic. Go here to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/150903048079

    • Zoë Freedman
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      Here are the slides from yesterday’s webinar about Loneliness and Social Prescribing:

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    • Zoë Freedman
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      Here is a loneliness factsheet kindly produced for us by Charlotte Hill in the Tackling Loneliness team at DCMS.

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    • Zoë Freedman
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      Heritage & Social Prescribing
      Join us for our next Thriving Communities webinar on Wednesday 9th June at 12:30-1.30pm
      Register now

      We will be hearing how engaging with heritage can improve our wellbeing.
      Our webinar series brings together individuals and organisations committed to using social prescribing through the arts, culture, health, sports, leisure, and the natural environment, alongside other aspects of our lives, to promote health and wellbeing at a national and local level.

      What is Thriving Communities?

      • Thriving Communities is a new national support programme for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups, supporting communities impacted by COVID19 in England, working alongside social prescribing link workers.
      • Through networks, blogs, resources and webinars Thriving Communities enables communities to share learning, gain new ideas, access funding and develop partnerships across sectors.
      • It is run by the National Academy for Social Prescribing, an organisation dedicated to the advancement of social prescribing through promotion, collaboration and innovation.

      What will you learn?
      • how connecting with heritage and the historic environment can improve our wellbeing
      • how heritage can be used in social prescribing to increase people’s health and wellbeing
      • how heritage can work with other sectors

      Why does this matter?
      There is growing evidence about the wellbeing benefits of connecting with our heritage and history – both on individual and on societal level. Whether we realise it or not, our health and wellbeing have always been deeply connected with our heritage. Not only does it offer us places to go and be active, explore and learn about our past, but it actually brings us together, allows us to connect with memories, connect with neighbours and friends, learn more about each other and strengthen our feelings of belonging and identity.
      Historic England is now building on that evidence and is exploring practical ways of unleashing the wellbeing potential of the historic environment for community wellbeing. One of these ways is by developing links to the social prescribing infrastructure and creating guidance on how to undertake wellbeing projects through heritage. Historic England partnered up with NASP to support the promotion of social prescribing and make the case for the wider benefits and the social value of heritage and the historic environment.
      Join us on Wednesday 9th June to find out more about the potential of the heritage sector to deliver wellbeing through social prescribing and ask questions about the available evidence, case studies and ideas.

      Who will be speaking?
      • Dr Desi Gradinarova, Historic Environment Lead at NASP and Senior Policy Adviser (Wellbeing) at Historic England
      • Dr Linda Monkton, Head of Wellbeing & Inclusion at Historic England
      • Helen Shearn, Consultancy in arts, heritage, health and wellbeing, who will talk about planning piloting programme on social prescribing through heritage in Kirkham

      • Jane Brooke, Fundraising Manager, East Kent Mencap, who will tell us more about using Enriching the List for wellbeing and social prescribing projects in the South East

      What will the session look like?

      • Each speaker will share their thoughts on how heritage links to wellbeing
      • There will also be Q&A with speakers
      • Opportunity for sharing your experience and views via polls on what heritage means to you

      Who should attend?

      • Anyone in the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector with an interest in social prescribing and/or heritage.
      • Social prescribing link workers
      • NHS, local government and arms-length body staff

    • Zoë Freedman
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      Here are the slides from today’s webinar on Heritage and Social Prescribing.

      They are also available to download from our website https://socialprescribingacademy.org.uk/thriving-communities-webinars/

      The recording will also be available from Monday here https://socialprescribingacademy.org.uk/thriving-communities-webinars/

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    • Zoë Freedman
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      Thriving Communities webinar series:
      National Partnership Working across the National Academy for Social Prescribing – Who we are and what we do. Find out how the NASP partnerships build sustainability and legacy.

      REGISTER HERE

      Join us for our next Thriving Communities webinar which will explore how social prescribing informs NASP national partner support from Natural England, Historic England, Sport England, NHS Charities Together, NHS England & Improvement and Arts Council England. 
      Our webinar series brings together individuals and organisations committed to using social prescribing through the arts, health, sports, leisure, and the natural environment, alongside other aspects of our lives, to promote health and wellbeing at a national and local level.

      What is Thriving Communities?
      Thriving Communities is a new national support programme for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups, supporting communities impacted by COVID19 in England, working alongside social prescribing link workers. Through networks, blogs, resources and webinars Thriving Communities enables communities to share learning, gain new ideas, access funding and develop partnerships across sectors. It is run by the National Academy for Social Prescribing, an organisation dedicated to the advancement of social prescribing through promotion, collaboration and innovation.

      What will you learn?
      • The context of the NASP national partnership – who are the partners? How do the national partners work across the country? How does it affect people’s health and wellbeing?
      • How national partners are navigating the offer to ensure a collaborative approach to social prescribing.
      • You’ll get some top tips to work more closely with national organisations at a local and regional level to fulfil social prescribing development in place.

      Why does this matter?
      • Are you wondering how to engage with national organisations to deliver a local and/or regional offer?
      • Are you working within the community or charity sector progressing social prescribing partnerships?
      • Are you looking at how resourcing is enabled through national partnership working in relation to NASP?

      Who will be speaking?
      • Sport England
      • Historic England
      • Natural England
      • NHS England & Improvement
      • NHS Charities Together
      • Arts Council England

      What will the session look like?
      • Each speaker will give a 10 minute presentation outlining their mission, vision and their strategic development work to enable and progress social prescribing.
      • Q&A with speakers

      Who should attend?
      • Anyone in the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector with an interest in social prescribing.
      • NHS, local government and arms-length body staff

    • Zoë Freedman
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      Our next Thriving Communities webinar is presented in partnership with the Southbank Centre.

      Art by Post: Of Home and Hope workshop
      Tuesday 21 September 3-4pm Register here.

      Join Thriving Communities and the Southbank Centre for a participatory workshop to explore their free creative project resources coinciding with the opening of their Art by Post exhibition: Of Home and Hope at the Royal Festival Hall.

      Art by Post is the Southbank Centre’s landmark national Covid-19 response initiative. Since May 2020 the Southbank Centre has sent over 40,000 creative activity booklets through the letterboxes of over 4,500 people living with one or more long term health conditions. Of Home and Hope celebrates the power, resilience and positivity of the Art by Post participants from across the UK, aged 18 to 103 who, during the pandemic, have been at further risk of social isolation, loneliness and digital exclusion.

    • Zoë Freedman
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      Just a reminder about tomorrow’s participatory workshop run jointly with Southbank Centre and their Art by Post project. Just bring some paper, a pen and a marker pen/felt tip pen, if you have one!

      Thriving Communities and the Southbank Centre present Art by Post: Of Home and Hope workshop
      Tuesday 21 September, 3-4pm Register here.
      Join Thriving Communities and the Southbank Centre for a participatory online workshop exploring their free creative project resources to coincide with the opening of their Art by Post exhibition: Of Home and Hope at the Royal Festival Hall.

      What is Art by Post?
      Art by Post is the Southbank Centre’s landmark national Covid-19 response initiative. Since May 2020 the Southbank Centre has sent over 40,000 creative activity booklets through the letterboxes of over 4,500 people living with one or more long term health conditions.

      Participants are supported to explore a vast range of creative tasks produced by a diverse and multidisciplinary team of artists encouraging them to be artistic and imaginative, and as a result, become part of the growing Art by Post community. Via Freepost envelopes that were included with each booklet, they have received over 800 pieces of artwork to form the foundation of our Art by Post exhibition: Of Home and Hope.

      All the Art by Post booklets will be available to download as part of the exhibition and tour.

      What will you learn?
      Southbank Centre’s Creative Learning Programme prior to the pandemic was all about finding ways to give people access to their site and artistic programme as a live experience. Tackling loneliness and social isolation was one of Southbank’s existing key strategic priorities however the moving to postal project delivery has been a fast learning curve. The Southbank Centre has committed to ensuring they continue to offer creative experiences by the post to continue to reach those most isolated and excluded from digital or in-person art activities across the UK.

      In this session, we will have two Art by Post artists share their experiences and to lead us in their favourite creative activity from one of the 11 booklets. We will also share additional tools and resources to help build confidence in using the resources within your workplace, home or community.

      Why does this matter?
      Loneliness is considered to be one of the largest health concerns we have – it is likely to increase your risk of death by 26% (Holt-Lunstad, 2015) and is considered worse than obesity and as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. The Southbank Centre was concerned that the pandemic was very likely to exacerbate the loneliness crisis already affecting 9 million people in the UK. Art by Post: Of Home and Hope celebrates the power, resilience and positivity of the Art by Post participants from across the UK, aged 18 to 103 who during the pandemic, have been at further risk of social isolation, loneliness and digital exclusion.

      Who will be speaking?
      The session will be hosted by Thriving Communities and Emma Nutland, Creative Learning Manager – Arts and Wellbeing at the Southbank Centre. They will be joined by artists, Bernadette Russell and Seiwa Cunningham, and an invited speaker from our Art by Post community.

      What will the session look like?
      Each speaker will share their perspective as part of the Art by Post project and lead us in a short creative exercise from one of the booklets.

      This will be followed by a short Q&A.

      Who should attend?
      Art by Post is supported by a network of 13 national delivery partners and 156 referral partners, including hundreds of professionals such as link workers, befrienders and activity coordinators. During this session, we hope to grow our Art by Post network and meet other like-minded people keen to explore creative resources within their communities.

      Open to anyone in the voluntary, health and social care, community, the criminal justice system, faith and social enterprise sector with an interest in learning more about creative participation to support wellbeing.

      No previous art experience is required to participate and there are multiple entry points in each booklet to open out a theme and develop creative responses. Please bring along pencils, felt tip pens and paper.

    • Zoë Freedman
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      Our next Thriving Communities webinar is today at 3pm!

      Thriving Communities and Accelerating Innovation present Financial Wellbeing and Social Prescribing.

      https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/169819006219

      We’ll be hearing from our partner the Money and Pensions Service, and Financial Shield, a financial wellbeing pilot being run in London.

    • 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

      Home

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

      MoneyHelper’s Couch to Financial Fitness

      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 now catch up with our financial wellbeing webinar here on our website: https://socialprescribingacademy.org.uk/thriving-communities-webinars/

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