Barriers to social prescribing for the VCSE sector
A key barrier for the VCSE sector, and specifically to Redbridge, is the availability of relevant VCSE services. There’s an evident gap in key services needed to make social prescribing a success for beneficiaries.
A social prescribing service can work with clients to support them to access appropriate services – but if there are difficulties accessing VCSE services (due to them being de-funded, or overwhelmed in terms of capacity), then this is a real issue.
This diminishes the hard work of the social prescribing service, and makes the service ineffective for its desired impact.
We have a Fundraising and Development Officer at Redbridge CVS, so we’re able to provide one-to-one fundraising support to the voluntary and community groups in the borough.
Some groups have also expressed a need for training on social prescribing, and the support needs of social prescribing clients, and find it very useful when we organise networking events. A great example of this is the annual Social Prescribing Day.