Running and jogging is good for your mental and physical health. Running and jogging with a group like the Ingle Runners can also improve your motivation, social circle, self-confidence, sense of belonging and to top it all off it’s fun! Our Business Development Coordinator joined them last Monday and has fallen back in love with running thanks to the group.
Family Learning Summer Challenge
Do you want to spend time with your family doing a variety of free/low cost activities and adventures in and around Sheffield?
All you need is to access the internet (on your phone, tablet or computer). Each week you will be sent different activities to get you learning, playing, exploring and having fun together.
To celebrate the first ever National Social Prescribing Link Worker Day (8th July 2019), we caught up with Angi Hartley, Practice Manager at Mill Road Surgery, to find out how they use social prescribing and how it benefits clients.
“In General Practice we see patients who may access our services for medical related problems, but sometimes they may have other factors which are impacting on their lives and contributing to their ill-health, such as isolation, problems with housing or financial worries etc. Having access to a Social Prescribing Link Worker enables us to treat the patient holistically – the Link Worker is able to assess all the patients needs and liaise with the most appropriate teams to address all the patients’ concerns. Outcomes are fed back to the GP for information and patient feedback from the service has been positive.”
To celebrate National Social Prescribing Day, we tried stepping into the shoes of SOAR’s Senior Advocacy Worker.
Julie has worked at SOAR for 11 years and is truly a jack of all trades. “There is no such thing as a typical day being an Advocacy Worker, every day is different and new challenges are always thrown your way.” The advocacy team has evolved over the years to meet the needs of those being referred.
Triage and Assessment work can be challenging, yet extremely rewarding. We caught up with Jo, SOAR’s Triage and Assessment Worker, to find out what a typical day looks like for her.
Jo’s working day typically starts at 9 am and the first task on the list is to check through emails, catch up with the team and plan the day ahead. Once she’s got a strong ‘cuppa tea’ on her desk she’s ready to contact referrals. Referrals are sent through to Jo by a number of GP’s, Community Support Workers, District Nurses, Housing Officers and a range of external organisations.
Burngreave Library, alongside many other libraries across Sheffield, stays alive because of its passionate and reliable volunteers. To celebrate National Writing Day (June 26th), volunteers and library members put pen to paper to share what they wanted to say about Burngreave’s Volunteer Run Library.
“Burngreave Library is a brilliant community resource. The Volunteers are friendly and very very helpful.”
“It’s a very good Hub for our community where people are valued.”
“I come to the library with my children and think it’s very good. I like the activities.”
The rise of volunteer-run libraries is closely linked to the decline in funding for traditionally paid-staff. Burngreave Library has been a volunteer-run library for 4 years and as well as lending books, it continues to be a hub of activities, learning and support for the community.
Claire Davis is a Community Facilitator for Shiregreen. You will see her around the neighbourhood sharing news on what’s going on around Shiregreen and delivering exciting activities this summer! We caught up Claire to find out about her project and she gave us some movements to get you up and about whilst reading. Follow the instruction below every time you come across the words…
Volunteering with your local library is a great way to make new friends, inspire others and make a difference! Guy Weston, SOAR’s Health Manager, shares his experience of joining the wonderful volunteers of Burngreave Library.
Volunteering is a great way to gain confidence, make a difference, meet people, be part of a community and much more! With a diverse range of opportunities and activities taking place in a library, there are lots for you to choose from.
Working in collaboration with Enrichment for the Elderly and the People Keeping Well partnerships, to make the four areas of Burngreave, Chapelgreen, Firth Park/Shiregreen and Southey/Owlerton dementia friendly.
Meet Rosie, one of SOAR’s Community Development Workers working on projects specific to dementia! Rosie has been in post almost 2 months and has been working hard behind the scenes to launch the Dementia Stakeholder meetings and ‘Dementia Friend Information Sessions’.
Loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health
Over 9 million people in the UK – almost a fifth of the population – say they are always or often lonely (British Red Cross and Co-Op, 2016). b:Friend has an effective blueprint for social groups for older adults focusing on venue, budgeting, marketing to the most isolated individuals and session planning methodology over (usually) a 48-week year.