9 November 2021, 3-4pm 

Global Social Prescribing Alliance 

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Join National Academy for Social Prescribing for the next webinar in the Thriving Communities series where you will hear international perspectives on social prescribing from a number of community groups involved with the Global Social Prescribing Alliance. 

What is Thriving Communities? 

Thriving Communities is a national support programme for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups, supporting communities impacted by COVID19 in England, working alongside social prescribing link workers. 

Through networks, blogs, resources and webinars Thriving Communities enables communities to share learning, gain new ideas, access funding and develop partnerships across sectors. 

It is run by the National Academy for Social Prescribing, an organisation dedicated to the advancement of social prescribing through promotion, collaboration and innovation. 

What is the Global Social Prescribing Alliance? 

NASP is working with the World Health Innovation Summit (WHIS), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Global Sustainability Index Institute (UNSGII) to establish a Global Social Prescribing Alliance which aims to spread the word of social prescribing globally, linking this to the implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

The Alliance aims to raise awareness of social prescribing by forming alliances, work with others and share innovative approaches to “enable thriving communities to deliver a social revolution in their health and wellbeing while generating value”. 

Who is it for? 

Anyone in community groups, the VCFSE, NHS and commissioning who is interested in hearing how social prescribing is developing in other countries around the world. 

Who will be speaking? 

Chair: Bogdan Chiva Giurca, Head of Global Social Prescribing Alliance, NASP 

Representatives from community groups involved with social prescribing in other countries 


23 November 2021, 3-4pm 

Beyond Contact to Connectedness – optimising health and wellbeing of people and the natural environment 

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Join them for the next webinar in the Thriving Communities series where you will hear about the importance of nature connectedness for people’s health and wellbeing and how it links with social prescribing.  

It will explain the difference between contact with nature and nature connectedness, and the importance of both in optimising the benefits of nature for health and wellbeing. You will learn about five simple pathways to nature connectedness to improve policy, planning and delivery at both an organisational and individual level. 

What is Thriving Communities? 

Thriving Communities is a national support programme for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups, supporting communities impacted by COVID19 in England, working alongside social prescribing link workers. 

Through networks, blogs, resources and webinars Thriving Communities enables communities to share learning, gain new ideas, access funding and develop partnerships across sectors. 

It is run by the National Academy for Social Prescribing, an organisation dedicated to the advancement of social prescribing through promotion, collaboration and innovation. 

What will you learn? 

This webinar will: 

Explore what nature connectedness is, and how it differs from contact with nature 

Share a summary of the evidence to show how both contact and connectedness with nature are needed to optimise the benefits for health and wellbeing 

Build confidence in applying five simple pathways to nature connectedness to improve policy, planning and delivery at both organisational and individual levels 

Highlight the opportunities to develop nature connectedness through social prescribing 

Signpost to sources of help for people to learn more

Who is it for? 

Community groups and the voluntary sector  

National and regional delivery organisations  

Policy and decision makers who are considering interventions to support health, wellbeing and recovery 

Who will be speaking? 

Chair: Jim Burt, Head of Programmes, National Academy for Social Prescribing 

Professor Miles Richardson, Professor of Human Factors and Nature Connectedness, University of Derby. He founded the Nature Connectedness Research Group at the University of Derby in 2013. The group has pioneered the first interventions to bring about sustained increases in nature connectedness, bringing about improved wellbeing and pro-nature behaviours. 

Hana Sutch is co-founder and CEO at Go Jauntly, a health and wellness company who created Go Jauntly. A multi-award winning walking, wayfinding and nature connection app. The app breaks down barriers to walking by helping people discover walks, create their own and share outdoor adventures with friends. Go Jauntly partners with a variety of organisations including Transport for London, Sport England, Greater Manchester Moving, Southampton City Council, London Wildlife Trust, Tranquil City and the University of Derby to increase walking for leisure, active travel as well as nature connection. Hana is the host of the podcast, Nature Bantz; and is a strong believer in tech for good. 

Nigel King, Senior Advisor in Green Infrastructure, Natural England 


You can also sign up for our Thriving Communities Network to engage with others in the social prescribing sector: https://socialprescribingacademy.org.uk/thriving-communities/network/  

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