Social prescribing – wherein patients are told to try creative workshops, regular exercise, and volunteering to improve their wellbeing – has been around for years, but it’s gaining the attention of policy-makers. How can it proactively tackle physical and mental health problems?
Dan Hopewell is the director of knowledge and innovation at the Bromley by Bow Centre in London, where he has previously worked as the director of services and then director of strategy. He frequently gives best practice talks about social prescribing to health organisations across the UK.
Jennifer Neff is a digital social prescribing specialist and the co-founder Elemental Software, an award-winning Tech for Good company that seeks to engage and empower communities towards better health outcomes. She has over 17 years’ experience in extensive engagement and consultation with vibrant and diverse stakeholder groups drawn from the community, voluntary, public and private sectors.
Jo Peters spent 20 years in international agencies working for brands such as Nike and Playstation. Having set up her trend consultancy, Jo volunteered with Samaritans. In 2020, she trained as a coach with the Co-Active Training Institute, helping clients make positive changes in their professional and personal lives. Jo recently studied with Climate Change Coaches, partnering with those wanting to take action on this vital systemic issue. Together with writing on consumer trends and design, Jo loves the big outdoors, from the beach in Shoreham-by-Sea where she lives to MTB on the South Downs.
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