The Care Group’s social prescribing team supports people by connecting and referring them to activities, groups and services in their community, but Care Group data revealed that men in Tower Hamlets benefited less from this service than women.
Our social prescribing team has put in considerable work to change this over the past year. This included consultations and focus groups earlier this year and three co-production sessions this summer.
Sahdia Warraich, Social Prescribing Manager, said: “We wanted to engage 12 men in this process to design future initiatives, and there was more interest than we anticipated. We had twice as many participants as we expected. It was an amazing turnout.”
During the co-production sessions, the participants’ ideas were grouped into project proposals by theme, such as healthy lifestyles and social connections, for men’s activities in the borough.
The Care Group is now collaborating with partners to secure funding to implement activities that will support men, so our social prescribing team can signpost and refer men in the borough to these activities.
We’ll also work with our partners to ensure these activities are easy to access and meet the needs of men in the boroughs we serve.
Learn more about Social Prescribing