Celebrating Social Prescribing Week

Social Prescribing is a wonderful way of bringing care and communities together, and we want to tell you more about it and how music can play an important role.

This week is Social Prescribing Week, centring on Social Prescribing Day on the 10th of March! Social Prescribing is a wonderful way of bringing care and communities together, and we want to look into what that is and how music can be involved.

First of all, what is Social Prescribing? At its core, social prescribing is community: groups of people who engage in various activities inviting people to join them. These activities can include anything such as volunteering, gardening, cooking, art activities, sports, socialising and of course, music. What social prescribing does is present these activities, these people, as an essential part of personal care of an individual. People with conditions such as anxiety, depression, addiction or people struggling with loneliness and isolation can build these activities into an existing care program. The evidence so far shows that this combination of care and outreach is working wonders across the country, and this week is all about promoting this cause. More detailed information is available on our previous post about social prescribing.

The target is for social prescribing Link Workers to be available in every GP practice in England, referring 900,000 people to activities in the local area which could make the world of difference. In 2020 the National Academy of Social Prescribing was established as a charity, with the goal to focus on raising the profile of social prescribing, building the evidence base, and sharing promising practice. They are having a number of events this week, including The Social Prescribing Show on Friday 4th of March.

As a charity we want to promote social prescribing as it speaks to a core element of our work, which is community and care. Music is an integral part of the social prescribing ethos, with concerts, practice sessions, choirs and singing groups all recommended activities. We want to include music personalised playlists in the social prescribing system and have them prescribed by Link Workers as a way of caring for people living with memory loss and dementia. 

We will be keeping you updated with the daily themes of this week, but for now check out the Social Prescribing website and have a think about the communities and activities that may be available in your local area or talk to your GP! 

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