24 November 2022

Hants & IoW Social Prescribing Network Conference: Quotes & Pictures

Starting off with a huge thank you to everyone who supported and attended the inaugural Hants & IoW Social Prescribing Network Conference entitled ‘Why Social Prescribing Works?’ which was facilitated by Community First yesterday! It was great to see so many people networking and sharing great ideas.

The Conference was held at Winchester Vineyard Church – a perfect venue for the c170 attendees, with delicious, healthy, hot food from local firm Courthouse Catering. The event had key national and regional speakers, moving case study videos highlighting the impact of Social Prescribing, interactive workshops, information stalls, and more. We’re truly happy with the turnout and also the enthusiastic buzz on the day!


The conference was praised for its networking opportunities and inspiration generation:


Tim Houghton, Chief Executive of Community First –

“We’ve had a great Social Prescribing Network Conference, we’ve learned a lot, and we’ve seen some really good examples and case studies. We’ve seen from some of the beneficiaries the difference that social prescribing makes in their lives.

A fantastic number of people, such a buzz and enthusiasm of people willing to share ideas and learn from each other. Its been brilliant.”

Danielle, Youth Social Prescriber at East Hants PCN –

“I found today really informative, I really enjoyed listening to everyone and their thoughts and views on everything. It’s just been brilliant, learning more things and just chatting with new people that I haven’t met before.”

Glen, West Hampshire Community Learning Disability Team –

“It’s been really fantastic to connect with people and get some answers to a lot of questions I’ve been needing. It’s enabled me to get the support that people I’m helping need.”

Daniel, Community Involvement Manager, Hampshire and IOW ICB –

‘Great films about how Social Prescribing has impacted real people – inspiring!’

Deborah, Employment & Training Officer –

“Great event, made some really good contacts and I think one of the real benefits from this kind of event is to meet others and actually build those links and those networks. The biggest advert for what we do is forming a group where we’re all singing from the same hymn sheet, a cohesive message about how important social prescribing is to support people.”

Jane, Social Prescriber at East Hants PCN –

“It’s an inspiration to the whole team. Other colleagues of mine were here and they enjoyed it too. We are all going back to talk about it and I’ve got loads of connections now.”

Adam, Primary Care Mental Health Team Leader for Winchester Rural North and East PCN –

“It’s been really nice today to meet people from other services and from other community-based organisations. It’s been fascinating to hear success stories and the great work that others are doing. Would be great to attend another event in the future.” 

Jo, Carers Together –

I didn’t really know what to expect today, we’ve got a stall here, I came along to support my colleague but I found it really interesting. The videos have just absolutely made it, there’s been loads of information, lots of stuff about social prescribing that I never really thought about and appreciated.

Stacie, The Bosmere Medical Pracice –

“Thank you all for a fantastic and inspiring day. Looking forward to the next one” – 

Dr Ruth Barker, Evaluation Programme Co-ordinator at Wessex Academic Health Science Network –

“It was amazing to hear about the plethora of initiatives, how far social prescribing has come, the people it has reached, and the energy it has within its community. Thank you for the invite, hopefully, has provided a starting point of how impact can be conceptualised and where to begin an evaluation.”

Once again, thank you to everyone who joined us! If you’d like to learn more about the Health Forums, feel free to contact us:

healthforums@cfirst.org.uk | 07917718409


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