Through our regional Social Prescribing Network we aim to help organisations working in the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector discover the world of social prescribing, make local connections with other organisations delivering services, meet national and local partners working across the region, and explore opportunities to develop their work in social prescribing. We offer a range of learning and networking opportunities throughout the year.
Our network is open to anyone in the VCFSE sector interested or involved in social prescribing, as well as those working in the NHS and health and care – such as social prescribing link workers and host organisations, PCN advisors and local authority health leads in the region.
Since the programme launched in 2021, we’ve supported more than 170 voluntary and community groups and organisations build their understanding of and connect to the social prescribing landscape in our region.
“A really enjoyable process and space to be honest and accountable to one another. We are not alone!”
“I think we’ve learned to listen to each other’s experiences and put that learning in to our own work. I think we made new networks and links and provided points for reflection to help each other”.
“A really positive experience and THANK YOU for the opportunity.”
What we offer
Regional webinars – to complement the National Academy of Social Prescribing (NASP) national webinars, we offer themed webinars involving our regional partners to help participants learn about the practicalities of delivering social prescribing services in the region, learn from established services/provisions, discover how they can get involved in this growing area, and explore opportunities for the VCSE sector.
North East and Yorkshire Social Prescribing Network news and information – Monthly email update with NASP and partner news, and invitations to learning and development activities.
Our time to think: Action Learning Sets – dedicated sessions, delivered by our training and coaching partner Yes We Can Community CIC, to give participants time and space to explore options and solutions with peer professionals to develop their work in the area of social prescribing.
Leadership and management development workshops – dedicated workshops for senior leaders, delivered by our training and coaching partner Yes We Can Community CIC.
Regional Social Prescribing Network ‘connector’ sessions – to build understanding of VCFSE and NHS/Link worker roles and create new connections across the social prescribing landscape in our region, in partnership with NHS England Social Prescribing Facilitators, Learning Coordinators and link worker host organisations.
Jane Hartley, Thriving Communities Regional Lead:
“Social prescribing is already transforming the lives of thousands of people across our region. We recognise that for social prescribing to work, we need to build connections between health and care partners and ensure we have a strong and vibrant local voluntary and community sector”.
“The Learning Together programme is a fantastic opportunity for local VCFSE organisations to connect with their peers, social prescribing leads, and Thriving Communities partners in the fields of arts, natural environment, financial wellbeing, physical activity and health and care.
“It’s a place to gain new ideas, develop partnerships across sectors, and to celebrate the work already happening across our region.”
We deliver Learning Together as part of the Thriving Communities programme and supported by NASP’s national partners, Arts Council England, the Money and Pensions Service, Natural England, Historic England, NHS England and NHS Improvement, NHS Charities Together and Sport England.
We also work closely with our Local Infrastructure Organisations (LIOs) within the North East and our VCSE infrastructure partners and networks across the wider region:
Community First Yorkshire
Smile Foundation, East Riding Humber Coast & Vale
Voluntary Action Rotherham
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Integrated Care System ‘Third Sector: Harnessing the Power of Communities’ programme.
As part of Thriving Communities we also collaborate with our regional NHS England Social Prescribing Facilitators and Learning Coordinators in the North East and Yorkshire region