In March I attended “New Models of Care: Working Together for a Healthy London” an event organised by the London Voluntary Service Council. The title refers to the government’s “Five Year Forward View” of the NHS which argued for a “more engaged relationship with patients, carers and citizens so that we can promote wellbeing and […]
I remember it well – the first time I ever ran a workshop for Voluntary Action Camden. The pounding heart, dry mouth, shaking hands. What if I forget what I want to say? What if my mind goes totally blank? What if..? Several years on and some 50 or so workshops later, talking to a […]
In late January I attended the inaugural Social Prescribing Network Conference held in central London and hosted by the University of Westminster, College of Medicine and the Wellcome Trust. Social prescribing is not a new idea – it is a means of enabling primary care services to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs […]
Millman Street Resource Centre offers a wide range of social activities like Tai Chi, computers, art and crafts, singing, gardening, yoga and much more to the over 55’s.
In early September I met with Diana Young the WellFair Project Coordinator at the West Euston Partnership. Diana provided an overview of the work carried out under the auspices of the WellFair Project. “The Project is a partnership between the Bengali Workers’ Association, Green Light Pharmacy, Fitzrovia Youth in Action and the Third Age Project […]
VAC’s Volunteer Health Advocates, as well as signposting people to services, get feedback about community based health and wellbeing activities. If something looks popular in the data collected the volunteers follow it up to discover more about what that organisation is doing that people like so much. Castlehaven Community Association’s programme for older people came […]