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22 June 2021

Supporting Green Social Prescribing – HPSN Webinar 16th June 2021

On Wednesday 16 June 2021 c83 people (a record!) attended the latest Hants & IoW Social Prescribing Network’s (HSPN) Webinar entitled ‘Supporting Green Social Prescribing’. The Webinar presenters came from One Community, Public Health England South East and Energise Me. Presenters shared their experience and expertise, attendees also watched an insightful short ‘Active Lives’ video produced by the University of Southampton and the Wessex Academic Health Science Network.

After new and existing HSPN members & guests were welcomed – Jean Roberts-Jones, One Community’s Chief Executive introduced the Webinar with an explanation of the scope and important role Hampshire’s CVS’ play in the Green Agenda – from Litter Picking to Outdoor Renewal Projects, Community Pantry’s to Repair Café’s and Healthy Walks, countywide.

A short video highlighted Active Lives an University of Southampton and Wessex Academic Health Science Network video healthy ageing research programme supporting those aged 65+.

Dr Lizzie Moore, Public Health Registrar, delivered an engaging presentation that provided a definition of green and natural spaces, the health and wellbeing benefits of the natural environment, health inequalities and nature-based interventions.

Finally, Victoria Health, Regional Physical Activity and Health Lead, described the benefits of being active, illustrated who are likely to be least active, highlighted national and regional green social prescribing. Victoria presented an impactful Case Study and then explained how the PEDALL Project is helping increase 2, 3, or 4, wheel cycling in the New Forest National Park.

An engaged audience logged questions and observations via ‘Chat’ after each presentation. Previous Webinars are also available on GVA’s Social Prescribing webpage.  The next Hants & IoW Social Prescribing Network Meeting will be held face to face on Wednesday 15th September 2021 from c12.30 (bring your own lunch) for a 1pm to 3pm meeting at Fareham Community Church. Please contact  Lin.dudman@cfirst.org.uk  to register if you are not an HSPN member and would like to attend &/or be kept up-to-date.

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