What exactly is ‘Social Prescribing’?

Have you ever wondered exactly what social prescribing actually is? If so, don’t worry – you’re not alone! It’s a relatively new concept that’s making waves in the UK’s healthcare system.

Think of social prescribing as a way for your doctor to prescribe more than just medicine or medical treatments. Instead, they can “prescribe” activities and services that help you stay healthy and happy. It’s all about looking at the bigger picture of your health – your social connections, mental well-being, and overall lifestyle.

How Does It Work?

Here’s how social prescribing typically works:

  1. Referral: Your GP or practice nurse might suggest social prescribing if they think it could help you. This could be for anything from managing a chronic condition to dealing with loneliness/social isolation or stress.
  2. Meeting the Link Worker: You’ll then meet a link worker – these folks are great at listening and understanding what you need. They’ll spend time getting to know you, your current lifestyle, your interests, and what might help you feel better.
  3. Finding the Right Activities: Based on your conversation, the link worker will connect you to local activities or services. This could be anything from exercise classes and art groups to gardening clubs or volunteering opportunities (like what we do here at Capable Communities!)

Why is Social Prescribing a Good Thing?

There are plenty of reasons why social prescribing is gaining popularity:

  • Improves Mental Health: Getting involved in community activities can lift your spirits and help you feel more connected. Whether it’s joining a dance class or a book club, staying social is great for your mental health.
  • Boosts Physical Health: Being active is crucial, especially as we get older. Social prescribing can help you find enjoyable ways to keep moving, which is good for your body and mind.
  • Builds Confidence: Trying new things and meeting new people can boost your confidence and self-esteem. It’s never too late to make new friends or pick up a new hobby!
  • Eases Pressure on the NHS: By addressing non-medical issues that affect health, social prescribing can reduce the number of GP visits and hospital admissions. This helps free up medical resources for those who really need them.

What is the Future of Social Prescribing?

The NHS is planning to hire thousands of link workers across the UK to help more people benefit from this holistic approach to health all over the UK. It’s a sign that healthcare is evolving to include more than just traditional medicine and considering a more holistic approach.

Capable Communities is constantly evolving and improving its service to better assist our clients,. We take feedback from our service users regularly and ensure we are meeting their needs. Our activities roster is continually growing and adapting to the needs of our service users to ensure they are feeling engaged and excited to attend!

A little update from Capable Communities

Capable Communities has been bustling with activity in the first quarter, with numerous events and gatherings for our clients. Our Christmas party in December was a big hit, enjoyed by all who attended. Despite the winter chill, we’re pleased to report that the majority of our elderly and vulnerable clients continued to participate in our activities, showing their enthusiasm for the social events and the essential support provided through our social prescribing surgeries.

Our seated yoga and exercise classes have proven to be both enjoyable and beneficial, even while seated, keeping everyone engaged and active. Adding Bingo to our weekly lineup on Thursdays and Fridays has been a real crowd-pleaser, bringing excitement and joy to our clients as they shout out “bingo!” with glee. It has quickly become a highlight of our week, lifting spirits all around.

Our exercise class runs every Monday from 1-2pm.

Our Thursday Healthy Living Club has become immensely popular, thanks to its packed schedule and the warm, hearty lunch provided for all attendees. This combination of activities and a shared meal ensures that everyone leaves feeling both satisfied and content.

We’ve also recently added Bingo to our roster of social activities which is a hit with our clients! The thrill of shouting our ‘bingo!’ is a sure dose of dopamine and playing this game has really lifted the spirits of everyone taking part. This is definitely one of the highlights of our week!

We’re proud of the positive impact we’ve had on our clients’ lives so far and look forward to continuing to serve our community with dedication and enthusiasm in the months to come.

Building Community: Capable Communities champions connection, growth and healthy living

The importance of fostering a sense of belonging and community cannot be overstated, particularly in today’s digital world. For this reason, Capable Communities facilitates a roster of activities which are designed to promote well-being, connection and above all, fun!

Yoga for the Mind and Body

We recognise the importance of holistic well-being and physical activities such as yoga is the answer to this. Yoga, with its focus on relaxation and overall health improvement, provides clients with a space to unwind and rejuvenate. The physical and mental benefits of yoga contribute to a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.

The Film Club

The film club initiative not only celebrates the art of cinema but as the reels roll, friendships are forged, and the shared experience of cinema becomes a powerful bonding tool within the community.

Conversation Cafe

Coffee mornings at Capable Communities are more than just an opportunity to savour a warm cup of coffee. We are fostering conversations that go beyond the surface. These mornings provide a space for clients to engage in meaningful dialogues, share thoughts, and cultivate new friendships.

Nurturing Growth and Community

In conclusion, through a blend of physical activities, cultural appreciation, and conversation, we aim to shape a community that champions inclusion, support, and shared experiences.

A Vibrant Evening of Wellness: Healthy Living Event at Flash Musicals Theatre

In a celebration of health and vitality, Capable Communities recently hosted a dynamic event at the Flash Musicals Theatre. The focal point of the evening was the promotion of our Healthy Living Club, designed to share insights and tips for embracing a healthier lifestyle.

The event unfolded with a diverse array of workshops, catering to both body and mind. Attendees immersed themselves in the rhythm of Disco Yoga, engaged in a seated exercise session with Ricky and were treated to an exhilarating dance performance by the talented Shri Dance Academy.

The interactive dance workshops weren’t the only highlight; our clients also delved into the realm of alternative healing therapies such as Reiki and Crystal Healing. Laughter echoed through the venue during a lively laughter therapy session led by the entertaining Hilarious Hilary, leaving everyone in high spirits.

The event itinerary was a comprehensive guide to holistic living, encompassing movement, healthy eating, holistic therapies, and fostering social interaction. After the invigorating workshops, attendees had the opportunity to mingle and indulge in a meal. The Mediterranean-inspired menu featured grilled meats, refreshing salads, and a vibrant smoothie station. We ended the evening with a raffle by Rikisha, our Activities Manager which was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

The event exceeded our expectations, creating an atmosphere of joy and camaraderie. It was a fantastic occasion for our clients to not only enjoy a fun-filled evening but also gain valuable insights into leading a healthier lifestyle.

As the curtains fell on this remarkable evening, the resonance of positive energy lingered. Capable Communities’ commitment to promoting health and well-being was vividly displayed, leaving a lasting impression on everyone who attended. Here’s to more events that inspire, uplift, and contribute to the well-being of our wonderful community!