Arts and wellbeing initiatives will improve health outcomes for a population affected by COVID-19
Local charity, Slough Council for Voluntary Service (Slough CVS) has been granted an award from the Thriving Communities Fund to deliver a project designed to help the people of Slough to recover from COVID-19, through social prescribing.
Social prescribing enables health care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services to support their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
The Thriving Communities project will aim to increase social connectedness amongst 150 Slough residents from diverse communities, who have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Slough CVS will organise initiatives to help connect clients with low to moderate levels of depression, anxiety, stress, isolation, and loneliness, to focus their energy on a positive activity. Activities will include Arts & Crafts, Connect Programmes: Exploring identity and self-expression in a creative way and Cultural & Social Community activities. This will help overcome barriers to mental wellbeing, by enabling clients to focus their energy on creative and positive activities.
Slough CVS will also provide support, enabling clients to build their confidence to access more face-to-face activities, provide opportunities to meet others and move them from the fear of ‘isolation’ to ‘integration’, feeling less lonely and being a part of the community. Social prescribers based at GP practices across Slough will be able to refer patients to activities and residents can also self-refer by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Ramesh Kukar, CEO at Slough CVS said: “We are delighted to have received this funding through the Thriving Communities Fund, to increase social connectedness in Slough. At the heart of Slough CVS is the desire to help Slough thrive and this has never been more important than now, as we start our recovery as a community, from the COVID-19 pandemic, with more of our residents experiencing anxiety, depression, isolation and loneliness than ever before.”
Slough CVS will be working with Frimley Clinical Commissioning Group, Slough Borough Council and Art Beyond Belief to increase the uptake of social prescribing, to help improve the health and resilience of a community that has been hit by COVID-19 and lockdowns.