General Practice and the Power of Community

An excellent event promoting the impact of social prescribing

On 31st October 2018 BPRCVS attended an event at Turf Moor, Burnley to recognise the importance of, and to demonstrate the impact of social prescribing on the communities within East Lancashire. 

Over 200 people were present at the event which was organised by Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale CVS, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CVS, and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group.

The event was organised to celebrate the hard work of local community groups and voluntary organisations in East Lancashire that have been funded by ELCCG through the Social Prescribing and Prescription For Wellbeing programmes. GPs and other medical professionals were invited to come along and meet some of the recipients of the funding and to find out what the group does as a result of the money received. 

The event was opened by a striking and touching performance from Spectacle Arts, an amateur theatre production company. Their performance on mental health issues affecting young people moved the whole audience.

Christine Blythe, BPRCVS Chief Officer, delivered a great speech on 'Communities can be the best medicine' which was followed by Christine Blythe and Walter Park, BPRCVS Trustee, presenting Mark Youlton with a certificate from Galloping Grannies which was one of the funding recipient groups of which Walter is also a member. Mark Youlton was very surprised to say the least with the generous offer from Galloping Grannies of becoming a honorary granny and being given a few hours of free horse riding lessons.

The event was an opportunity for medical professionals to network with those directly involved in social prescribing to see how it could benefit their patients. There was a range of presentations delivered by groups in receipt of funding from all corners of East Lancashire. The presentations were very informative and incredibly inspirational.

"Thank you for your presentation at yesterday’s “General Practice and the Power of Community” at Turf Moor. I know how busy you all are and appreciate that making time to prepare for, and then share your experiences is quite an ask.  It was evident yesterday that what you are all doing is immensely powerful and transformative with considerable benefits. The ripple effect as described by Michelle is happening. The general consensus is that the afternoon was a great success in that not only did people learn a lot from the presentations, but that they were inspired and enthused too." David Rogers, ELCCG Head of Communication and Engagement.

The event was captured on film by Burnley Film Makers so watch this space for updates on any production releases. 

BPRCVS would like to take the opportunity to extend their thanks to everyone that turned out on the day. It was a great event because of the hard work you all do.