Many churches are already offering activities that support the mental, emotional, relational and physical needs of their communities. Examples include art clubs, lunch clubs, parent and toddler groups, debt counselling, Warm Welcome spaces, listening services and more.
While many churches have developed innovative projects and build strong relationships with their local social prescribing team, it can be as simple as ringing up your social prescribing link worker and letting them know what your church can offer.
During the Commissioner’s first ever meeting, Commissioners identified wellbeing as one of the key areas to work on.
At the ChurchWorks Summit with Government held in January 2022, Commissioners and members formulated the beginnings of the ChurchWorks for Wellbeing campaign and the need for national research on churches and social prescribing.
In September and October we met with representatives from various Integrated Care Systems (ICS) around the country to discuss the possibilities of further capacity building and scoping work to strengthen links between local health systems, social prescribers and church groups to support the reduction of health inequalities.
Alongside key ChurchWorks partners, we shared examples of how the church can engage in social prescribing. You can watch the webinar recording here.
Over 300 church leaders gathered in Westminster Chapel to explore how the local church can practically respond to the mental health crisis. Find out more about the event on our blog here.