Funding for green social prescribing aids recovery

At least 7,500 people will be connected to nature for their health and well-being, thanks to ten innovative green social prescribing projects across the country.

Funded by cross-partnership Thriving Communities Fund, the projects will seek to unlock the potential of green social prescribing for people in their communities especially those most impacted by coronavirus and health inequalities, helping them realise the full range of health benefits from participating in nature-based activities.

Research from the Mental Health Foundation on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45 per cent of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health.

Green social prescribing links people to nature-based interventions and activities and includes outdoor exercise, local runs, active travel, care farming, community gardening and food growing projects, conservation volunteering, green gyms, and arts and cultural activities which take place outdoors.

The Thriving Communities Fund seeks to further bring the benefits of social prescribing to over 10,000 people through 37 projects and at least 1,700 activities, to help them recover from the impact of coronavirus. The Fund supports the National Academy for Social Prescribing’s objective to advance social prescribing through promotion, collaboration and innovation by forming partnerships and engaging local communities, with the ultimate aim of helping people to be able to live the best life they can.

James Sanderson, CEO of the National Academy for Social Prescribing, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of being outdoors to people’s mental and physical health. Thriving Communities Fund projects focusing on green social prescribing will enable more people to be connected to green, outdoors and nature based activities through social prescribing link workers. We’re delighted to see that the funded projects are already making progress to embed green social prescribing in local health care.”

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