Social Prescribing Update

By Rachel Murdie - April 2021

Alongside the general signposting to colleagues, patients and families, I typically have ongoing input with between 15 – 20 patients at any one time. The types of work I have been involved in with patients is around tackling loneliness and isolation by exploring what possible community supports are available and helping people to access and engage with these. Examples of the types of work I have been involved in are: Supporting people who have experienced Bereavement, Low level anxiety and emotional wellbeing, Confidence building, Practical support and helping people access agencies that can support people with benefits and legal issues.

During COVID there have also been a number of people supported with regular welfare and wellbeing phone contact.

As part of my Strategic role I am also involved with the following developments;

Thriving Communities – As a member of the successful North Cumbria Arts, Health & Wellbeing Partnership we have secured £50k to develop the social prescribing offer for local people. We are in the process of pre-employment checks for a candidate for the post of Thriving Communities Development Worker who it is anticipated will start work in early May, they have a range of skills and experience within both Health and the 3rd sector.

Virtual Health Mela – Involved in a working group led by the local Rotarians to deliver a Virtual (online) Health Mela in Mid-May. The idea of the project is to provide some useful Health & Wellbeing messages to individuals in our area especially as we start to come out of the various lockdown measures and guidance affecting us all because of the Covid 19 pandemic. We are commissioning a series of short videos covering a range of Health & Wellbeing issues, based on both Physical & Emotional Health issues, prevention and support.

Space to Talk – In partnership with Carlisle City Council & Carlisle Vineyard/ Give A Day, we are restarting our city centre listening events in line with Lockdown easing measures. We started these events in summer 2020 with 4 – 6 listeners being available in the city centre every Friday between 10 – 2, we have engaged over 1400 people prior to the post-Christmas Lockdown (having conversations with anywhere between 70 – 150 people each week) We have also developed Listener training modules which are currently being piloted with a view to rolling these out more widely. Longer term we are hoping that interested parties can start to take the model and deliver in other venues and locations where people gather. The delivery of this has been supported by funding from the Community Foundation Fund & there is interest in adopting this model in other local authorities.

Representing Carlisle Healthcare in the following Forums;

  • Carlisle Community Resilience Group
  • Carlisle Culture Interim Development Group   
  • WHO Healthy City Forum
  • Action for Health
  • Mental Health Provider Forum
  • Bereavement Partnership
  • Dementia Action Alliance
  • Sustainable Food Carlisle
  • Live Well & Dance (Stroke & Parkinson’s Group)  

Partner Information (a sample of some of the opportunities/ services on offer locally)

Community Learning & Skillswww.adultlearning.cumbria.gov.uk, Tel – 01228 227304 they offer a range of adult learning, new courses launched for April/ May including, employability, IT, languages, Health & Wellbeing promotion and lot’s more

WeCan fitness Community Wellbeing Hub – reopening this month in their new premises Unit 18, The Maltings, Bridge St, Carlisle. This building now houses their iCan fitness suite, but with additional rooms and spaces delivering drop-ins, peer support sessions, Writing for Wellbeing, Art for Bereavement, Happy Mums and more. They are also developing new provisions with partner agencies, Age UK, Multicultural Cumbria & Tullie House. (I can circulate their timetable as required)

Cumbria Wildlife Trust – Gosling Sike Site has a wetland, a community woodland, a commercial orchard, a wildlife garden (including pond and young orchard), and a plant nursery. It is also a working organic farm. They also have the community building on site. They already provide some group volunteering sessions in partnership with Mencap and are hoping to start to expand their provision providing more Green Social Prescribing opportunities as part of their development

Tullie House reopening properly from 18th May 2021, currently the outdoor garden area is open with refreshment facilities.

Prism Arts will be reopening from 19th May and are planning how to restart their groups safely

Affordable Food Hubwww.carlislecommunityhelp.co.uk Tel. 07394 546877

Healthy U Project – Botcherby Community Centre Online Exercise programme, will be moving to face to face then Exercise on Referral going forward.

The Hiking Householdwww.thehikinghousehold.com (family, toddler, pram friendly walks)

Living With & Beyond Cancer – Support and Advice & Exercise & Movement Classes (online) 01768 800350

Walking for Health/ Doorstep Walkswww.carlisle.gov.uk/walking (leaflets coming soon)

Reading Project Social Isolation – Local author hoping to roll this out in North Cumbria (already interest in Penrith area) further info to follow

Published: Apr 19, 2021

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