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On 8 September 2020 the Hants & IoW Social Prescribing Network delivered their 3rd topical Webinar entitled ‘Tackling Social Isolation’. It generated the most interest of any HSPN Webinar or Meeting since the network began – with an amazing 64 attendees!
A range of engaging presenters shared their experience and learning around ‘Tackling Social Isolation’ – which has become ever more important during COVID-19.
Community First’s Tim Houghton (Chief Executive) started by highlighting the Community & Voluntary Sector’s Experience of Social Isolation during COVID-19. Tim explained that isolation doesn’t just affect older people, whilst illustrating the impact of isolation on both mental and physical health.
Age UK Portsmouth’s Close Encounters Project Manager Alex Massey introduced the Close Encounters Project – explaining how partnership working (including with Gosport Voluntary Action) is practically enhancing the quality of life in a number of innovative ways (particularly during COVID- 19) for isolated older people across greater Portsmouth and Gosport.
HCC Adults’ Health and Care’s Strategic Development Manager for Demand Management and Prevention Peter Stokes spoke about increasing social connectivity in Hampshire, detailing a SWOT Analysis of what is working well, some potential risks, what’s been difficult and emerging options to explore.
Last and definitely not least, Kellie Payne, Research & Policy Manager from the Campaign to End Loneliness, introduced the audience to the findings from a ground-breaking Research Report entitled ‘The Psychology of Loneliness’ – why it matters and what we can do. Kellie summarised the mental effects of loneliness and potential approaches to address it – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Positive Psychology. A fascinating practical exploration of what can be done ensued, concluding with achievable recommendations and a call to action.
An engaged audience logged questions and observations after each presentation. Virtual networking and the sharing of information & contact details were evidenced via the Webinar’s ‘Chat’ facility too!
Previous HSPN Webinars are available on GVA’s Social Prescribing webpage.
The next HSPN Webinar will be focussing upon Mental Health and takes place on Tuesday 1
December 2020 from 1-2pm (plus networking). Please contact Lin.firstname.lastname@example.org to register
if you are not an HSPN member and would like to attend.