More than Medicine

In the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector (VCFS) we have known for a long time that what we do has health benefits for the people we support and are involved with us. We don’t prescribe tablets or medicine, but we do enable people to get a health benefit from our activities and services. What we do is More than Medicine.

Austerity and the savings required by statutory bodies has seen services and activities previously delivered by these agencies closed, reduced, or centralised. Access has become more difficult in many ways; physically getting to a service; meeting the higher criteria levels; financing the service or activity.

In true VCFS fashion, many of us have stepped up to the mark and increased what we do and who for. But, that has an impact on our financial sustainability, the standards to which we need to comply (health and safety, age friendly, catering, accessibility etc), the demand on our facilities and our ability to monitor and evaluate.

We have always been good at working together, sharing best practice and knowing what is available. Do we now need to step this up as well and work more collaboratively? Pooling resources, sharing venues and services, bidding for large funding pots as a group of organisations truly committed to joint working that can meet the needs of all our beneficiaries regardless of the issues.

Working in this way provides us with the potential to pool monitoring and evaluation results, building our case for support and generating more funding streams and greater income.

This survey is the first step in the direction of harmonised wellbeing services in Rossendale; a dip of the toe in the water to test the appetite within the VCFS in Rossendale for joined up bidding, delivery and monitoring.  At the moment it is being supported by REAL with regard to co-ordination and administration. It is not an attempt to impose ideas, principles, ways of working or funding models.

If you feel this is not for you and you do not wish to provide the information requested, then please go straight to the end of the survey and complete question 15. Please enter your details so that we can remove you from further mailings regarding More than Medicine.

All the information collated will be shared at the More than Medicine event at Alder Grange on Wednesday 23rd January from 5pm, to which all Rossendale organisations are invited. Also present at that event will be representatives of various statutory bodies including health, local authority and social care.
 
Social Prescribing
Social prescribing involves helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them with local community services which are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations. Examples include volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports.
Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way and aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.

More than Medicine
More than Medicine is a project run by REAL which has developed a model for social prescribing. This has involved the development and use of the Connecting our Communities directory to enable people to connect or to be connected to social prescribing activities in their local area.
More than Medicine has also involved community consultation through ‘Share and Tell’ events which have explored the needs of people living with long term medical or mental health conditions to inform statutory services of specific  local social prescribing activities.

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* 1. Do you deliver activities or services which could be suitable for social prescribing?

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* 2. If yes, please tick the activities and services you provide for adults over the age of 18

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* 3. Please tick all the activities or services you provide for children under the age of 18.

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* 4. Do you own or rent your own premises? (Please answer 'No' if you rent rooms on a sessional basis)

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* 5. How big is your largest room for rent in square feet?

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* 6. How much do you charge for your largest room per hour? If you don't rent it out, how much does it cost you to run it for one hour?

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* 7. Could you provide additional services on top of just the room if they were paid for?

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* 8. If you rent venues for your services how much per hour do you pay?

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* 9. How many people could each 1 hour session accommodate? Please answer this question regardless of whether you own your building or rent premises.

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* 10. Do you have the ability to provide refreshments? Please tick all that apply.

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* 11. Please tell us where you deliver your activities and services.

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* 12. Is your organisation

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* 13. What hopes does your organisation have for the future? Please include all your hopes such as building refurbishment, improved training, greater partnership work, as well as any activities or services you hope to provide or see a need for.

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* 14. What do you need in order to achieve those hopes?

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* 15. Would you be interested in being a provider partner in a consortium bid co-ordinated by REAL to deliver a pilot project in Rossendale based on the principles of social prescribing and More than Medicine?

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