Our monthly newsletter update for Link Workers & Organisations involved with Social Prescribing & Link Working

Welcome to August 2019 Newsletter!

Our monthly newsletter update for Link Workers & organisations involved with Social Prescribing & Link Working
National Association of Link Workers Chief Executive Christiana Melam named a finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards, recognising businesses which are changing the world.
Commenting on being shortlisted, Chief Executive of National Association of Link Workers Christiana Melam said:
Social enterprises such as ours are set up by passionate people or people with lived experience, in response to unmet needs, thereby filling the gap in provision and should be encouraged to continue to do. The role of social enterprises in filling gaps in support as well as addressing wider determinants of health and wellbeing was acknowledged in the NHS Long Term Plan. As over 40% of social enterprises in the UK are led by women, I am encouraged and honoured to be shortlisted alongside other great women.

Commenting on the Awards, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK Peter Holbrook said:
"Every year the standards of applications for the UK Social Enterprise Awards gets higher and higher. At a time when public confidence in business is at a low and when we are facing crises both political and environmental – this year’s shortlist shows how business can be used to build a better world."

Read press release here


Members are invited to book to attend one regional event. Log into your members resource library to access the event password.

We have limited venue capacity, spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis. Please only book if you will definitely attend.

Non-members that meet this criteria can sign up to our membership to access our events.

Get in touch with us if you would like to sponsor and/or exhibit at our events

If you have any queries or questions regarding the events please email

FREE webinar: Understanding how to use PAM and coaching in Social Prescribing  

In this 30minute bite sized webinar session with Q&A, you will learn from Dr Ollie Hart (GP and PCN Clinical Director) about his experience of PAM and how it can be used as an integrated system to help address health, social and self care issues.

FREE webinar: Innovative partnership for population health management and community centred social prescribing

In this webinar session with Q&A, you will gain insights and expert guidance on innovative partnership for population health management and community centred social prescribing.
Dr Nav Chana OBE National PCH Clinical Director, National Association of Primary Care
Christiana Melam CEO, National Association of Link Workers
• Don Redding Director of Policy and Partnerships, National Voices
11th September 2019 12:00pm to 1pm

Comprehensive Social Prescribing Link Worker Support Offer

Lack of adequate social prescribing link worker support will result in low link worker moral and motivation and effectiveness. Our comprehensive social prescribing link worker support offer is for organisations and primary care networks who wish to reduce costs as a result of high staff turn over and increase successful social prescribing programme (key performance indicators) KPIs. Get in touch to learn more

Peer group clinical supervision
Facilitated small group monthly sessions. A safe space for link workers to reflect on their practice, offload, learn from each other - exchange ideas and share experiences, feel supported and connected to a wider community.

Here is what a link worker said "The supervision session is so useful and important, it helps me reflect on my practice in a safe and supported environment, i have been able to improve my practice as a result"
Express interest

Developing a Resource to Support Integrated Community Wellbeing
Local Government Association are seeking views on developing a resource to support inetgrated community wellbeing.

FREE Staff/Volunteer Training Support in Sport and Physical Activity
for Social Prescribing Programmes

London Sport are looking to roll out a staff/volunteer training programme for Social Prescribing Programmes who are interested in increasing their skills, knowledge and confidence around sport and physical activity. For further information please email

FREE Yoga and Social Prescribing training for Link Workers

The Yoga In Healthcare Alliance (YIHA) in collaboration with the College of Medicine is delighted to offer this free one-day course for Link Workers on yoga as a social prescribing activity.

Social Prescribing Jobs
Looking for a job or fancy a career change or know someone who does? Check out Social Prescribing jobs. Contact us to list your Social Prescribing job advert FREE.

Latest members
Special welcome to the following organisation members & staff who recently joined National Association of Link Workers community of practice, representing the highest level of commitment to delivering consistent gold standard social prescribing practice across the United Kingdom.

  1. Connection Support
  2. Westongrove Partnership (PCN)
  3. West Norfolk Carers
  4. Pilton Community Health Project
  5. Community Living Well Services
  6. Chaos group Cornwall
  7. British Red Cross (various)
  8. Carr Gomm
Members resources

Members can sign into their account to access recently added *new* contents including:

  • Webinar recording: stories from a Social Prescribing Link Worker: a client's journey (series 3)

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