Social Prescribing Hour: Health and Housing
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This week’s Social Prescribing Hour was hosted by Kate Dench, Community Development Worker at Radian Group. Kate shared insight from Radian‘s approach to social prescribing and the impact it is having on the health and wellbeing of their communities.
She explained that Radian‘s role is to build communities and places where customers can thrive by living happier, healthier lives. With a background in patient care and carer engagement, Kate is a strong advocate for social prescribing and creating stronger links between health and housing.
'HAND HOLDING' SOCIAL PRESCRIPTION
During the conversation, Kate shared the impact of their social prescribing model and tangible improvements which have resulted since launching in October last year. Their approach was to embark on an intensive ‘hand holding’ social prescription service which would support clients with activities such as practical men’s sheds, volunteering and the community cafe.
Participants inquired about funding, measuring success and the most common reason for referral, to which Kate explained the high demand for referrals which address mental health needs.
Kate also discussed using user case study interviews and the benchmarking/monitoring data from the Elemental platform in order to demonstrate the impact of their programmes and services.
Hi, yes some men’s sheds or community groups are already established in areas we work, they can apply for funding through us. We also support the set up of new groups if there is a need, working with partners to secure funding— Kate Dench (@KateDench1) March 6, 2019
SOCIAL PRESCRIBING TRENDS
The conversation then moved to the emerging trends, with Kate reiterating the demand for mental health services despite the media coverage which promotes the range of tools and tips available to support improvements in mental health.
Other community providers also shared their experience with the unmet demand for mental health services but agreed that with the right social prescription, individuals are empowered to achieve great confidence and independence.
SOCIAL PRESCRIBING BENEFITS
The discussion concluded with the benefits of developing links between health and housing, where participants shared their thoughts on collaborative working across sectors and having an inclusive vision. There was a unanimous agreement amongst participants that health started at home and that bringing together health and housing is fundamental if we are to rise to the challenge to improve the nation’s health.
Completely agree - health starts at home and housing associations are perfectly placed to enhance the health and wellbeing of communities and reduce the pressures on primary & secondary care.— ND_Elemental (@ND_Elemental) March 6, 2019
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- Digital Social Prescribing Movement Strengthens Response To COVID19 27th March 2020
- Top 5 Finalist in the Ro’ya Female Start up Company Award Dubai 20th January 2015
- Elemental Showcase at Mobile World Congress 2016 2nd March 2016