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What is Connected Kingston? 

Connected Kingston is a 'social prescribing project' which 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 co-designed 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 to 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:

  • Volunteering opportunities

  • Social activities

  • Support and self help groups

  • Physical activities

  • Managing your money

  • Community transport

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 referral tool from anywhere with an internet connection. 

2)    Residents will be able to speak to trained Connected Kingston Champions.  They 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 wellbeing.

Connected Kingston Champions will be located in venues such as:

  • Council offices

  • Housing offices

  • Leisure centres

  • Libraries

  • Pharmacies

  • GP Practices

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 up to six sessions.  During these sessions, they can listen to and then support people in managing a long-term health condition (and setting health related goals).  This may also include something that is concerning them and to help make other changes that are meaningful to them.

To see dates for upcoming Connected Kingston Champion training, see here. 

To sign up to the system there is a two-step process.

 

Sign up your service to Connected Kingston

STEP 1:  Complete the  Service Data Entry form and confirm that you are happy to be listed on the system.

Please note  - This form may take a bit of time to complete. In order to save your progress and come back to it later, you can skip ahead to the end and click 'SUBMIT'. This will save your entry, but will still allow you to come back and complete any skipped sections.

STEP 2: Complete the ‘Count me in Form’ confirming that you have relevant policies in place and  pledge to commit to certain behaviours. 

If you have any questions please contact Julie at julie.bristow@kva.org.uk / 0208 255 3335.  

See further information about Connected Kingston.