What is Connected Kingston?
Connected Kingston is a social prescribing project, that aims to help people (Royal Borough of Kingston residents) feel more involved in their community, meet new people and make some changes to improve their health and wellbeing.
The model has been codesigned from the outset by a collaboration of over 30 local organisations including Kingston Voluntary Action (KVA) and Kingston Council, local VCS colleagues and statutory healthy partners. Social prescribing is a process to help people make positive changes in their lives and within their communities by linking people to volunteers, activities, voluntary and community groups and public services that help them to:
- feel more involved in their community
- meet new people
- make some changes to improve your health and wellbeing
We see this as a way for sectors in Kingston to collaborate and offer our residents the holistic support they need to lead healthy and happy lives.
Through the use of trained ‘Connected Kingston Champions’ and an online referral tool, Connected Kingston hopes to link people to a wide variety of advice, activities and support including:
Support and self help groups
Managing your money
Connect Well will be launched in September.
How does Connected Kingston work?
There are two ways for residents to access Connected Kingston.
1) Residents can use the online refferal tool from anywhere with an internet connection.
2) Residents will be able to speak to trained Connected Kingston Champions who will be able to provide help and support to access information about activities and opportunities in the community that will have a positive impact on their health and well being.
Connected Kingston Champions will be located in venues like:
The Champions will use the online referral tool to search and signpost residents to local groups, activities or networks.
There will also be a small team of ‘Community Connectors’ who will have an additional role in offering one-to-one appointments for upto six sessions where they can listen to, and then support people in managing a long-term health condition (and setting health related goals) or something else that is concerning them and help make other changes that are meaningful to them.
To see dates for upcoming Connected Kingston Champion training, see here.
Get involved with Connected Kingston
If you would like to keep up to date with how the project is progressing, hear about ways that you can feed into the co-design stage and receive information about adding your organisations or activity onto the system once ready then please sign up to the Connected Kingston mailing list here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.