Continuing our collaborative work with other local groups, Stretford Public Hall is working alongside St John’s Centre and the North Trafford Primary Care Network to oversee a new partnership called 'Thriving Communities'.
'Thriving Communities' will bring together community groups and patients (referred by their GP) to design community-based activities that promote health and wellbeing. The resulting diverse projects will be delivered by eight different local groups: Be Bolder; Cyril Flint; Friends of Victoria Park; Old Trafford Creative Space; Rehoboth for Families; String of Heart; the Trafford Urban Fitness Collective; and Stretford Public Hall. These projects will support people through exercise, advice, art, out door activities and much more.
As well delivering new activities, the aim of 'Thriving Communities' is to pilot a more a strategic approach to social prescribing across North Trafford. Social prescribing is the name given to the system whereby patients can be referred to community projects or social activities, rather than prescribed medical help. Social Prescribing Link Workers, who are often based at GP surgeries, can refer patients to a range of activities that are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations, for example, volunteering, arts activities, gardening, befriending, healthy eating advice and a range of sport.
'We will work alongside a diverse team of project partners, to deliver a range of activities covering arts and culture, nature, physical activity, and life advice, in an area that has been badly affected by COVID-19, ' says Kate McGeevor from Stretford Public Hall.
Kate added, 'By bringing together patients and community groups to design community-based activities, and by strengthening the links between partners within Trafford’s health care system, the project will create a framework to support the development of person-centred, place-based commissioning and will allow us to strengthen the provision of social prescribing across North Trafford.'
'Thriving Communities' will be funded by the Thriving Communities Fund and the Trafford Partnership.
For further details, you can contact us at [email protected] or on 0161 989 1689.