Posted: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 13:48
5 place-based partnerships in the South West have been awarded funding through the Thriving Communities Fund, which is delivered in unique partnership between the National Academy for Social Prescribing, Arts Council England, Historic England and Natural England, NHS England and Improvement, Sport England, the Money and Pensions Service, and NHS Charities Together to further advance social prescribing and support communities as they recover from COVID-19.
The projects will aim to unlock the power of social prescribing in their local areas to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – with a focus on helping people stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing.
James Day, Thriving Communities Programme Regional Lead in the South West said:
"These projects are at the heart of the Thriving Communities Programme and will no doubt showcase the power and importance of social prescribing through innovative approaches to community support and cross sector collaboration".
The 5 funded projects in the South West:
Delivered by Exeter Community Centre Trust (ECCT), Exeter Historic Buildings Trust (EHBT) and Devon & Exeter Medical Heritage Trust (DEMHT), the project will aim to show the benefits of engaging with heritage for health for improved wellbeing.
Bristol Thriving Communities:
Lead by Creative Shift CIC, the project will bring together partners working in arts and health, nature, physical activity, social prescribing and VCS to co-create test and learn activities to address mental health and wellbeing for communities in Bristol.
Growing Social Prescribing in Somerset:
Lead by SPARK Somerset, the project will take a countywide multi-sector approach to improve the wellbeing of communities through a flexible menu of both in-person and remotely accessed activities.
Lead by Argyle Community Trust, the project will focus on green social prescribing, supporting 400 people in Plymouth's communities to enhance their use and enjoyment of green space.
Lead by The Arts Development Company, the project will empower healthcare providers to support communities and tackle health inequalities, in a way that has long lasting impact, through green social prescribing.
A full list of the 37 Thriving Communities Fund Projects across the country can be found here.
To find out more information about the 5 funded projects in the South West please contact James Day, Thriving Communities Programme Regional Lead (South West) – firstname.lastname@example.org.