The programme successfully addressed the needs of 3 different professional groups; facilitating a unique opportunity for cross-sector learning. The course enabled a dialogue enabling each sector to learn about the positive impact of arts/culture in social prescribing. An ‘agile and responsive’ forum emerged, supporting the exchange of information which lay the foundations for truly integrated working.
Link workers demonstratively opened up to the potential of creativity and culture over the four weeks. Many expressed that they had not previously considered the role arts and culture can play in social prescribing. Artists developed an understanding of what social prescribing is, how it works in their contexts, and how their skills/resources might best meet the needs of clients in these areas.
- Communication and articulation of offers
Use of case studies and participant testimonials proved powerful tools when telling the story of social prescribing and its impact. Attendees developed an understanding of the importance of clear, concise and accessible language when communicating social prescribing offers. This includes: what information needs to be made available, how it is prioritised/presented, and how to begin conversations with colleagues and clients around the benefits of arts and culture on health and wellbeing. This learning had been taken back into the working environment, cascaded to colleagues and applied to communication practices.
I am re-energised for using arts.
– Programme attendee