New projects for Voluntary Action Barnsley thanks to Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group

Voluntary Action Barnsley has recently received funding from Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group for two new projects; a supported volunteering project and a social prescribing project.

Both of the projects are aimed at supporting individuals across Barnsley.

The supported volunteering project is for anyone who would like to volunteer but needs a little extra support in getting started. This could be because they lack confidence, have a disability, have been unemployed for a long time, be an ex-offender or just feel they need support. The project will provide a package of support for individuals as well as an opportunity for more confident volunteers to become volunteer mentors.

The social prescribing project will work with health service providers across Barnsley to develop a service for patients to access a range of support through their GP. The support will be tailored to the needs of the individual and could be around housing information, debt advice, family support, exercise classes to name but a few.

Dr Nick Balac, local GP and Chair for NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group said “Social prescribing is good for everyone: it links patients with non-medical support which can make a huge difference to how someone copes with an illness or condition at home. Sometimes the problems people are dealing with, like debt or loneliness, can have a huge impact on their health. All those social problems can’t be solved with a pill. Social prescribing offers us somewhere to signpost people to, so they can get the advice and ongoing support they may need” he said.

“We work closely with our voluntary and community sector partners who offer a wide range of support, and this new service will take that to a new level.”

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from either project please contact one of the project workers for more information. For the supported volunteering project contact Janet Thomas on 01226 320104 and for the social prescribing project contact Teresa Gibson on 01226 320143 or 07480 864114.

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