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What is Connected Kingston?

Connected Kingston aims to help residents of the Royal Borough of Kingston find support and activities within their community that will help them to make positive changes to improve their health and wellbeing.  Often referred to as social prescribing, this programme  will link residents to voluntary and community groups and public services enabling them, to meet new people, become more involved in their communities, and feel  more connected with the area they live in.

Over 30 local organisations have been involved in the co-production of the Connected Kingston including: Kingston Voluntary Action (KVA), Kingston Council, together with colleagues from local voluntary and community organisations and public sector health partners. 

Follow this link to read more about how we co-produced Connected Kingston.

 

Connected Kingston Resources

The new Connected Kingston programme has created two key resources to support local people to make positive changes in their lives to improve their own health and wellbeing.  

1. Connected Kingston digital tool

A fully up-to-date listing of health and wellbeing services and activities taking place in Kingston, which also offers referral opportunities.

Connected Kingston has been set up as  an easy to use tool to help residents, support workers,and  health professionals – including GPs, council officers, councillors to find a service or activity to help improve the lives of people in Kingston. 

This online tool is currently still being tested and improved - it will be fully launched to residents in March 2019.

Follow this link to search Connected Kingston for activities and services.

2. A network of trained Connected Kingston champions

Connected Kingston champions are drawn from staff and volunteers in the borough who have regular contact with residents.  These could be people working for public health, council officers, library staff, housing support staff, voluntary and community groups and GP practices. 

A training programme provides champions with information about Connected Kingston and the benefits of using a social prescribing approach to help signpost residents to local services and activities.   The training also covers how to refer someone through the Connected Kingston website. 

Follow this link to find out more about Connected Kingston champion training.