Voluntary organisations exist to make a social impact. To help people live fuller, happier lives. Innovation is a way to support these organisations to overcome challenges, build capacity and improve the delivery of social prescribing.
The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP), National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) and Spirit of 2012 have produced a new toolkit for Social Prescribing Link Worker host organisations, with a particular focus on hosting in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. It aims to help Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and host organisations establish, develop and maintain a sustainable and effective social prescribing scheme in a local area.
The toolkit is a practical day-to-day guide which includes a wealth of resources from official publications, existing tools, case studies and more on the topics of:
- Contracting arrangements
- Recruitment, training and development
- Management, supervision and peer support
- Community engagement requirements
- Connections into the wider system
- Funding and resourcing
- Information management practices and systems
Hear from NAVCA on why this this toolkit was developed and how collaboration in social prescribing helps our communities.
Social prescribing creates healthier, happier, and better-connected communities. It can build a sense of belonging. And it can provide cost-effective support that really helps.
But here at NASP, we understand the challenges faced by grassroots voluntary and community groups in delivering this vital work.