By Greg Pycroft, Policy and Public Affairs Manager
The Welsh Government has been consulting on its proposed National Framework for Social Prescribing. Over the past couple of months, we have been engaging with the consultation process, contributing to webinars and workshops conducted by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (the WCVA) and by consultants employed on behalf of the Government.
We also compiled our own response, drawing on the range of support services we provide and the years of experience providing them in communities up and down Wales. The support services we provide, only made possible because of the generous support of the people of Wales, fall within the proposed definition of “social prescribing”.
The Framework defines social prescribing as “connecting citizens to community support to better manage their health and wellbeing”, while this encompasses many of the services and support we offer, in our response to the Welsh Government we caution that the use of the medical word “prescription” might put many people with cancer off from seeking support. We hope further consideration is given to the ways in which social prescribing is communicated to the public.