Welcoming all those involved in offering Social Prescribing. Midlands Thriving Communities supports you through The Learning Together programme which is free for you to join. The programme is particularly designed to help those community, voluntary, faith and social enterprise groups who want to offer social prescriptions. We recognise that to support you, we also need to help those stakeholders to develop Social Prescribing too!

What would you find useful? Click on the heading below for more information listed on this page:

  1. What is Social Prescribing
  2. The Learning Together programme
  3. Partnership network to help you
  4. Connecting into Social Prescribing services
  5. Resources to develop your work or develop social prescribing in your area
  6. Funding and developing activity provision
  7. Ideas hub
  8. Up and coming events

1. What is Social Prescribing

2. The Learning Together Programme

The free learning together programme offers you the opportunity to stay up to date with the development of Social Prescribing across a region and get the support you need. Connect in and access our:

  • ‘Your time to think’ small group action learning set sessions. A great opportunity to problem-solve with others. Find out more at our welcome session and be the first to sign up for the new dates, exclusive to Learning Together Programme participants. (3 sessions, 2 hours, once a month)
  • Resources and information updates
  • National webinars with a regional engagement
  • Fun learning forum ‘communities of practice’ where we will undertake a quiz to review what we are learning and identify key gaps of understanding. This helps us to learn together collaboratively and make progress collectively.

Testimonial for the programme:

“Sarah Paine has particularly help me to establish processes within my role to develop a team of SPLW’s across High peak. She went above and beyond to find and connect me to more appreciate SP training, supervision, tools and specifically senior training at a time when there was none. Without this support and assistance I would not have achieved all that I have to lead this SP team and develop as well as we have in our area.”

Mandy, Senior Development Worker Social Prescribing, High Peak CVS

Action Learning Set:

“Very helpful for self-reflection and getting fresh perspectives. Also useful to take away and ask myself more open questions when I face challenges.”

Action Learning Set Participant

Join the Learning Together programme welcome session Friday 27th May

How do I apply to the Learning Together programme?

We welcome applications from the East and West Midlands, whether your organisation is large or small. There is a place here for you to learn all about Social Prescribing or to find out the regional context and network together. You may represent an organisation but you are registering as you.

If you want to know more before registering you can attend our welcome session on the 27th of May

Want to find out more before registering?

To apply, please note that there are two steps to completing your application: 

  1. Fill in this registration form.
  2. Select your email communications preferences and subscribe to our monthly newsletter updates. You will be re-directed upon completing the registration form.

Step 2 is important to fully register for the programme and to be able to access further opportunities.

If you have any questions, please contact us

3. Meet the Team

Your main contact is Sarah the Midlands Regional Lead

Sarah Paine

Midlands Regional Lead

Sarah’s comes with first-hand experience of delivering her own local Community Interest Company (CIC) delivering creative therapeutic arts after graduating from Derby University in 2009. Sarah completed her MSc in Health and Social care, where she looked specifically into Social Prescribing, in 2020, the same year she became the Midlands regional lead at Community Action Derby. Combining her experience in establishing a CIC organisation, and her ongoing CPD and delivery as the Midlands regional Lead she is equipped to advocate for and understand some of the struggles of VCFSE particularly those difficulties related to offering social prescriptions.

Sammy Wan

Communications and Engagement

With her Community Arts background, Sammy first joined the Midlands Learning Together programme as an active participant and community ambassador. She blends her professional experience in communications and passion for connecting communities in this role to help deliver the Learning Together Programme and develop resources and toolkits for participants.

Sarah partners with:

Regional Activity representatives: Sports England, Faith regional leader, Natural England, Historic England, Arts Council, Children and Young people regional forum and perinatal Helping Hands regional lead.

Local Infrastructure Organisations across Midlands who support your work as activity providers in the community.

The Midlands Regional Lead has established working partnerships with at least one Local Infrastructure Organisation across the East and West Midlands.

Each partnership has four focus areas that are progressed each month. Collectively, we are working on:

  • How can we improve communication from local to national and vice versa
  • How do we support voluntary, community, faith groups and social enterprise organisations to help sustain and maintain their work
  • What developments are taking place within an Integrated Care System footprint that creates opportunities for VCFSE sector
  • Social Prescribing developments and connecting those in the VCFSE sector who want to offer social prescriptions.

Who we have partnered with:

  • Black country – Led by One Walsall for the three other Black Country CVS organisations

Local Ambassadors – you could be an ambassador if you are an activity provider with the capacity to share and support other activity providers in social prescribing. Contact Sarah.

4. Connecting into Social Prescribing services

Wanting to find out what Social Prescribing programmes are taking place across Midlands and how to connect with them?

Contact Sarah if you are having any issues with the information on the map, which is an ongoing development:

5. Resources

These resources will aim to help you develop your work or develop social prescribing in your area.

We will be updating our resource page soon. You will be able to find information on:

  • Social Prescribing – particularly useful if you work within SP
  • Variety of resources to help further develop your activity offer
  • What is happening across your ICS patch and others

See the Midlands landing page here.

6. Are you a non-profit organisation?

The Charities Excellence Framework enables you to not only survive, but also emerge from the crisis a stronger and more effective charity.

The Funding Finder database isn’t just another funder database, it also has links to 100s of other free funder databases and online funder lists, giving you click through to more funders than any other system.

For a video on how to use this FREE database click here.

T&Cs apply, data protection, not for commercial use.


7. Ideas Hub

Got a great idea you want to share or read about see here the Midlands ‘Idea Hub’ and opportunity to add ideas:

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