Sheffield-based housing association social prescribing service hailed as health solution in Government’s new Loneliness Strategy

South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) joined the Minister for Loneliness, Tracey Crouch at the launch of the Government’s first ever loneliness strategy this week. The association were invited after their   has been featured as a solution for improving health, which is set to be accessible across the nation by 2023.

Social prescribing enables GPs to offer non-medical treatments to people who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. Individuals are linked with a social prescribing advisor who helps them to connect with groups and organisations in their communities.

SYHA has seen remarkable  improvements in their customers’ health and well-being across Doncaster and Barnsley as a result of social prescribing, with 81% of customers feeling more confident in managing their health, 68% of customers reducing their GP visits, and money saved for the NHS.

Joe Hall, Service Manager at SYHA said “The launch event with Tracey Crouch  was extremely moving, with so much passion to tackle loneliness across the country. We’ve seen first-hand how powerful social prescribing can be to help reduce loneliness and isolation, and our experiences have shown how important meaningful connections are for everyone’s health and well-being.

Thank you to the team for involving us in the strategy, we hope it will support us to continue to deliver social prescribing across our communities.”

Lisa, a social prescribing customer in Barnsley said “The advisors have offered me practical and emotional support throughout, and their encouragement has been incredible.”

SYHA also delivers the six year Big Lottery funded project  , which reduces loneliness and isolation for those aged 50 and over. In the past three years the project has worked in partnership with volunteers and a number of organisations across the city including Sheffield Mind, SOAR Community and Ignite Imaginations to support over 2,500 older people.

Ruth Hawke, Programme Delivery Manager for Age Better in Sheffield said, “We are so pleased that Government have released a comprehensive strategy which combines a number of solutions to tackle loneliness. We know the impact that loneliness has on health, and it’s encouraging to see a significant commitment from government to work together with organisations across the country.”

Age Better in Sheffield will shortly be announcing a number of new projects for people aged 50 and over to get involved with. You can find out more by emailing, or calling Joanne on 0114 2900 294.


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