Slough Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) is delivering a new project designed to help people of Slough to recover from COVID-19. They are celebrating after an award from the Thriving Communities Fund to support its work. The project will increase social connectedness and help Slough communities cope with the impact of COVID-19, as part of a national initiative to embed social prescribing in communities and healthcare.
Slough CVS is organising initiatives to help connect clients with low to moderate levels of depression, anxiety, stress, isolation, and loneliness, to focus their energy on a positive activity. Activities include Arts & Crafts, Connect Programmes: Exploring identity and self-expression in a creative way and Cultural & Social Community activities. This will help overcome barriers to mental wellbeing, by enabling clients to focus their energy on creative and positive activities.
Slough CVS will also provide support, enabling clients to build their confidence to access more face-to-face activities, provide 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 can refer patients to activities and residents can also self-refer by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org