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Social Prescribing just what the doctor ordered, as programme shortlisted for LGC Award

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Shropshire Council are proud to learn that their progressive and empowering ‘Social Prescribing programme’ has been shortlisted for a prestigious LGC (Local Government Chronicle) award in the ‘Public Health’ category this year.

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Some of the healthy lives team at Shropshire Council

The LGC Awards are well known for showcasing exemplary individuals, teams and initiatives from across the country; celebrating the achievements and successes that benefit their communities.

Each year, Shropshire Council’s social prescribing programme helps thousands of people to take charge of their wellbeing and improve their lives. Working in close collaboration with health, care and voluntary sector organisations across the county, the programme offers people the opportunity to take part in a range of social activities to benefit their physical and mental health, including gardening schemes and creative classes. Clients work closely with a specially-trained healthy lives advisers, and an evaluation has shown that the programme has resulted in a 40% reduction in GP visits.

After such a positive outcome, the programme has been extended to reach children and young people in Shropshire as well.

Claire Sweeney, healthy lives team manager said:-

“I am extremely proud and delighted that the joint working of the whole team, and our partners, has been recognised by being shortlisted for this award. By working together, we have been able to make a difference and support people to make positive changes in their lives.”

Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and communities, said:-

“The healthy lives team at Shropshire Council have wholeheartedly embraced the fantastic potential of social prescribing, and their enthusiasm for the programme has already reaped great rewards for the community.

“It is right that their hard work, positive attitude and commitment to doing things differently is acknowledged in this way. I wish them lots of luck for the next stage of the awards.”

The winners of the LGC Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday 8 June 2023.