National award for health and wellbeing

26 November 2020

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The Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service social prescribing team has won the national Festival of Learning 2020 Health and Wellbeing award. Winners were announced at the virtual Festival of Learning awards ceremony on Tuesday 3 November 2020.

Festival of Learning recognises and celebrates lifelong learning for adults. Winning an award is a prestigious achievement for adult learning providers.

Social prescribing (or community referral) allows GPs, nurses and other primary care health professionals to refer someone to local non-clinical services that can improve their mental health.

The award-winning social prescribing programme focuses on engaging hard-to-reach learners and is a nationally recognised example of how Waltham Forest Council engages with local partners to improve the lives and future of our residents. The Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service team works with the NHS, Waltham Forest Social Prescribing and other partners in the borough to deliver the programme.

By integrating wellbeing and learning, the programme also meets the Council’s wellbeing agenda (helping residents to ‘connect, keep learning, be active, take notice and give’) which is increasingly important as we support our residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It encourages residents to enjoy our borough’s beautiful outdoor spaces, explore their creativity and become more confident as they learn new skills. Courses are designed to improve residents’ mental health and wellbeing; they range from community gardening, plant lover’s walks and tree identification, to arts and crafts.

To join a social prescribing programme, residents must be referred by a healthcare professional. However, the Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service has a variety of other courses to boost your health and wellbeing.

To find out more about the social prescribing programme, and other wellbeing courses, please visit the Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service website