Wellbeing (social prescribing)

Social prescribing – or community referral – allows GPs, nurses and other primary care health professionals to refer people to a range of local non-clinical services.

Learners and tutors on social prescribing courses at Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service and outdoor spaces including Walthamstow Wetlands. Composite of four images: learner doing screenprinting, tutor showing a drawing to a learner, the back of an adult outdoors in the rain with an umbrella, a tutor in a raincoat presenting a class under a tree.

Our award-winning health and wellbeing course

Our socially prescribed programme is nationally recognised. It includes our award-winning creative six-week Health and Wellbeing course.

Learners discover printmaking, and create paintings and drawings inspired by the beautiful natural surroundings of Walthamstow Wetlands.

We provide refreshments and time to explore and sketch so learners can develop prints, water-colour paintings and cards. The course also helps learners socialise with people from a broad range of backgrounds.

Our Festival of Learning 2020 award

We were delighted to win the Festival of Learning 2020 Health and Wellbeing award for our course! We are very proud of our expert team and all they do for residents.

If you want to take part in our award- winning social prescribing programme, please ask your GP or healthcare professional to refer you to us.

We also offer a variety of non-referral courses to help boost your health and wellbeing. [The images above are stills from the Festival of Learning award video (below).]

This video is from the Festival of Learning awards website which also has quotes from learners and our team.

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Your wellbeing: outdoor and creative learning

At Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service, we work with Waltham Forest Social Prescribing and other wellbeing organisations. We set up a range of creative and gardening courses at different venues in the borough.

We work with a range of partners at inspiring green and blue spaces in the borough, including Lloyd Park, Walthamstow Wetlands and Epping Forest.

Our courses introduce learners to the borough’s beautiful outdoor spaces. For example, our plant lovers walks and introduction to gardening courses at Lloyd Park, Epping Forest and Vestry House Museum gardens.

Safe and healthy lives

We plan our courses to meet Waltham Forest Council’s priorities including helping residents to have safe and healthy lives.

We also work within the Council’s wellbeing agenda: ‘connect, be active, learn, take notice and give’.

Our courses aim to sustain and enhance the quality of life of our learners. We focus on engaging hard-to-reach learners who may have been put off formal learning because of mental health issues or low confidence.

We have a holistic approach to help improve people’s health, wellbeing and social welfare. Our socially prescribed workshops encourage residents to work together.

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What our learners say

‘I really enjoyed the class and I am amazed at what I have been able to create. I have some nice pieces I can display at home.’

‘I have enjoyed the calm and relaxation the course has given me’

Learners on our socially prescribed courses

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Join a course by referral

To take a social prescribing course, your primary care health professional e.g. GP or nurse, has to refer you to our service. Please ask them to contact us on your behalf if our programme would be right for you.

Enrol on other courses and workshops

From art and fashion to gardening and yoga: we have hundreds of other creative and wellbeing courses for adults and families here at Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service.

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