NAVCA members are an essential element of the local social prescribing ecosystem. They have excellent knowledge and understanding of the VCSE organisations delivering “social prescriptions” locally, and are main providers of support to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of local VCSE provision.

We work to create stronger connections between local VCSE infrastructure organisations and all stakeholders involved in social prescribing at a national, regional, system and place level. We are working with our members to identify gaps in the social prescribing ecosystem and to offer solutions.

Collaboration between NAVCA members & Primary Care Networks:

When local infrastructure organisations and Primary Care Networks work together, we can improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. Watch our short videos to find out more about the benefits of partnerships and collaboration.

Case Studies:

We have collected a range of examples of members’ involvement in both hosting Social Prescribing Link Workers and their wider involvement in strengthening Social Prescribing systems. These case studies, across a range of themes, evidence the added value of VCSE involvement in the work. Please get in touch if you would like to share yours.

Case studies coming soon!

Learning from social prescribing

The VCSE sector is uniquely placed to bring the health system and communities closer together, creating social value and helping to reduce health inequalities. In this report (October 2023), NAVCA makes five headline recommendations to improve the quality and sustainability of a thriving social prescribing ecosystem.

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Self-Assessment Development Guide:

This is a practical, day-to-day guide on how to develop and deliver a quality Social Prescribing Link Worker (SPLW) hosting service. This resource will help Primary Care Networks and SPLW host organisations establish, develop and maintain a sustainable and effective social prescribing scheme in their local area.

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Impactful Social Prescribing Presentation:

This presentation template and accompanying guidance aim to increase the impact of social prescribing by creating stronger connections between local VCSE infrastructure organisations and stakeholders at a national, regional, system and place level. The presentation will support engagement and offers a framework to showcase the role of local VCSE infrastructure, and how the core functions relate directly to, and support the impact of, social prescribing.

Download the presentation