Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, working with Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) and Citizens Advice Wolverhampton, is one of only 23 social prescribing projects across England to receive a share of funding from the Department of Health.

Social Prescribing is a non-medical approach to improving health and well-being by linking people referred by General Practitioners and other health and social care professionals to a wide range of local community and voluntary sector services.  This includes activities like community gardening, walking groups, friendship groups, training, volunteering, cooking clubs etc.,

Upon announcing the grants, Care Minister Caroline Dinenage said: “The voluntary and community sector has such a vital role to play in working with our health system to provide the kind of support that you can’t receive at your local GP surgery or hospital”.

Evidence shows that as well as improving health and well-being, social prescribing often reduces the use of GP services, and decreases A&E attendance and hospital admissions.

Andrea Smith, Head of Integrated Commissioning at the CCG said, “This is a great example of the partnership working in Wolverhampton that is happening to support local people”

Ian Darch, Chief Executive of WVSC said: “Psychological well-being is an important element of all round health, and the work of our brilliant voluntary and community sector is really important in bringing that about.  This funding will help to ensure that many hundreds more people will be supported to live fuller lives”.

To find out more about Wolverhampton Social Prescribing Service please ring 01902 328987 or email azakula@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk

 

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