This article has been brought to you by Slough Borough Council's Jatinder Matharu, Education Safeguarding Professional, for the attention of all schools to share with families.
Slough Council for Voluntary Service (Slough CVS) has been granted an award from the Thriving Communities Fund to deliver a project designed to help the people of Slough to recover from COVID-19, through social prescribing.
Social prescribing enables health care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services to support their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Slough CVS will organise initiatives to help connect clients/carers with low to moderate levels of depression, anxiety, stress, isolation, and loneliness, to focus their energy on a positive activity. Activities will include Arts & Crafts and Cultural & Social Community activities.
This will help overcome barriers to mental wellbeing, and help clients build their confidence to access more face-to-face activities, providing opportunities to meet others and move them from the fear of ‘isolation’ to ‘integration’, feeling less lonely and being a part of the community.
Social prescribers based at GP practices across Slough will be able to refer patients/carers to activities and residents can also self-refer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are working with a client/parent that would benefit from this support, please do encourage them to self-refer or contact Kinder Bassi at SCVS on 01753 303428 (Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.)
The attached posters detail the activities running from July onwards.