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Heritage & Social Prescribing

9 June 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Heritage & Social Prescribing  
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We will be hearing how engaging with heritage can improve our wellbeing.

Our webinar series brings together individuals and organisations committed to using social prescribing through the arts, culture, health, sports, leisure, and the natural environment, alongside other aspects of our lives, to promote health and wellbeing at a national and local level.

What is Thriving Communities?

  • Thriving Communities is a new national support programme for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups, supporting communities impacted by COVID19 in England, working alongside social prescribing link workers.
  • Through networks, blogs, resources and webinars Thriving Communities enables communities to share learning, gain new ideas, access funding and develop partnerships across sectors.
  • It is run by the National Academy for Social Prescribing, an organisation dedicated to the advancement of social prescribing through promotion, collaboration and innovation.

What will you learn?

  • how connecting with heritage and the historic environment can improve our wellbeing
  • how heritage can be used in social prescribing to increase people’s health and wellbeing
  • how heritage can work with other sectors

Why does this matter?

There is growing evidence about the wellbeing benefits of connecting with our heritage and history – both on individual and on societal level. Whether we realise it or not, our health and wellbeing have always been deeply connected with our heritage. Not only does it offer us places to go and be active, explore and learn about our past, but it actually brings us together, allows us to connect with memories, connect with neighbours and friends, learn more about each other and strengthen our feelings of belonging and identity.

Historic England is now building on that evidence and is exploring practical ways of unleashing the wellbeing potential of the historic environment for community wellbeing. One of these ways is by developing links to the social prescribing infrastructure and creating guidance on how to undertake wellbeing projects through heritage. Historic England partnered up with NASP to support the promotion of social prescribing and make the case for the wider benefits and the social value of heritage and the historic environment.

Join us on Wednesday 9th June to find out more about the potential of the heritage sector to deliver wellbeing through social prescribing and ask questions about the available evidence, case studies and ideas.

Who will be speaking?

  • Dr Desi Gradinarova, Historic Environment Lead at NASP and Senior Policy Adviser (Wellbeing) at Historic England
  • Dr Linda Monkton, Head of Wellbeing & Inclusion at Historic England
  • Helen Shearn, Consultancy in arts, heritage, health and wellbeing, who will talk about planning piloting programme on social prescribing through heritage in Kirkham
  • Jane Brooke, Fundraising Manager, East Kent Mencap, who will tell us more about using Enriching the List for wellbeing and social prescribing projects in the South East

What will the session look like?

  • Each speaker will share their thoughts on how heritage links to wellbeing
  • There will also be Q&A with speakers
  • Opportunity for sharing your experience and views via polls on what heritage means to you

Who should attend?

  • Anyone in the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector with an interest in social prescribing and/or heritage.
  • NHS, local government and arms-length body staff