Green Health in Practice

The Green Health in Practice network / group has been set up as an outcome from the Green Health in Practice conference that was hosted by the Mid Wales Healthcare Collaborative in February 2017, when the need for some form of network within a green health parameter was identified, underpinned by the enthusiasm of people who attended the event.

There is increasing evidence of the potential of green, social and creative prescribing and prevention projects to reduce demand on health and other services and make substantial contributions to human health and wellbeing.

We are hoping to inspire an all-Wales learning network, to:

  • Embed green health and social prescribing in primary care services
  • Collect evidence and experiences as we go
  • Underpin development and quality improvement in primary care clusters
  • Enable autonomous delivery at a local level
  • Evaluate what happens

We are making an assumption that we have no extra funds and will need each to offer some of our time and skills as part of our day-jobs.  We’d like to ask for your help to establish a group in your area.

Our idea is that each local group would:

  • Include at least; one third sector and/or environmental organisation, one primary care provider and one community connector
  • Find ways to deliver green health and social prescribing in primary care services
  • Provide friendly, informal peer support to the interested but unsure
  • Invite people to join in conversations and take practical action

In return we are working out how we can regularly bring members of these local groups together at a national (all Wales) scale to learn from each other and help us understand how we can better support you.

In the first instance, would you be willing to meet with each other to discuss this topic and let us know whether/how we could help each other? If so, please get in contact!

The next meeting of the Green Health in Practice network will be held on Monday 5th March 2018 in Aberystwyth – see contact details below for more information. 

NOTICEBOARD

Selina Joynson, selina@horsesenseforlife.org.uk; HorseSense for Life  is seeking an opportunity to run a pilot for a group of GP’s, come and speak to them or facilitate on first-hand experience of horse sense.

Amie Andrews, AmieAndrews@smallwoods.org.uk; has gifted us two documents – Woodland Wellbeing and Actif Woods.

Sophia Bird, sophia.bird@tesco.net; had the wherewithal to take a photo (link to photograph supplied) of our critical success factors that were identified at the meeting held at our July 2017 meeting

Noreen Blanluet, hello@noreenblanluet.co.uk, asks us to come along to one of three Social Care Wales learning events across Wales about co-production and its practical application in the social care and health sectors. They will involve talks in the morning and more hands-on workshops in the afternoon, led by people who are running projects. (More information at https://socialcare.wales/hub/events under the heading “Building care and support together workshops” including links to eventbrite booking pages.)

The events are happening in:

  • Carmarthen on 13th November and 4th December
  • Llandudno Junction on 13th December

Useful Links

Co-production Network Wales

Dewis Cymru serves as a very useful wellbeing directory and as a place to register your wellbeing services.

Infoengine is a useful directory of third sector services in Wales, highlighting a wide variety of voluntary and community services in Powys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbor, Bridgend and Wrexham.

Contact

For further information on the Green Health in Practice network, please contact Diana Reynolds, Sustainable Development Change Manager, Welsh Government at Diana.reynolds@gov.wales.

To include information on this webpage, please contact Anna Prytherch, Project Manager for Rural Health and Care Wales at anna.prytherch@wales.nhs.uk.