16 September 2021

Webinar from Hants & IoW Social Prescribing Network: ‘Supporting Communities Through Autumn’

On Wednesday 15 September 2021, 56 people attended the latest Hants & IoW Social Prescribing Network’s (HSPN) Webinar, entitled ‘Supporting Communities Through Autumn’. The Webinar presenters came from Community First, the Money and Pensions ServiceCitizens Advice Hampshire and the Environment Centre.

After new and existing HSPN members & guests were welcomed, the new Hants & IoW Social Prescribing Network logo was revealed! Then Lee Appleyard, the Money and Pension’s Service Lead Regional Partnership Manager, explained ‘MoneyHelper’ in terms of money and pension guidance, debt and Mental Health support, the printed guides available alongside a range of key autumn milestones and events relevant to many of Hampshire’s more vulnerable community members.

Tim Houghton, Community First’s CEO highlighted the increased VCSE demand particularly around Mental Health and Wellbeing needs, rising poverty and unemployment and poorer physical health. Also discussed, was the move of many local groups to embrace digital technology, a reduction in volunteers – post COVID-19/vaccination volunteer support, the increased demand for collaborative working and the regional training & opportunities for developing this via the Thriving Communities Programme.

Janet Duggan, Citizens Advice Hampshire’s new Business Support Manager, began by sharing Citizens Advice’s Mission Statement and then explained who the Home and Well project partners are, what the project is and how it supports vulnerable patients to avoid hospital admittance or re-admittance. This included how NHS colleagues can refer via a secure, Direct Referral form, finishing with a few Home and Well impact statistics and a recommendation for attendees to visit the Home and Well webpage – to view one or two of the short but very powerful Case Study videos.

Finally, Ellie Jones, the Environment Centre’s Engagement Officer described the Environment Centre’s purpose, citing the Hitting the Cold Spots as one of the projects that supports people to keep warm. The types of households supported and the way the service is delivered were explained, alongside the range of advice and signposting available. Finally, the Environment Centre’s awareness training sessions were briefly explored including how these can be accessed.

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An engaged audience logged questions and/or their observations via ‘Chat’ after each presentation. Previous Webinars are also available below. The next Hants & IoW Social Prescribing Network Webinar will be held on Wednesday 8 December 2021, 1-2pm. Please contact Lin.dudman@cfirst.org.uk to register if you are not an HSPN member and would like to attend and/or be kept up-to-date.

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