The Connected Kingston journey started just over a year ago now and in that short time so much has been achieved by working together.
The whole system model of social prescribing for Kingston, called Connected Kingston is trying to bring closer all of the good things about Kingston - its people, its organisations, its opportunities and activities and its communities, to help them work better together to create a more connected, resilient and supportive community.
Designing through Co-production
To date we have co-produced the development of a digital tool that will be at the centre of connecting people quickly and easily to help and support across the borough. To do this we involved over 40 local organisations and well over 100 people. Ayup, the digital company leading this development has, as we hoped they would, put Kingston organisations at the heart of this design activity.
The site is still in its final development phase, but have a look here to see what you think www.connectedkingston.uk.
The co-production is ongoing till March 2019
If you have any ideas; want to make a suggestion or highlight a change to be made, use the link on the home page of the website to let them know. The developers are very focused on refining the search for the digital tool - so if you find anomalies as you search just drop us note via the link on the home page.
Connected Kingston in numbers
To date we have added 66 organisations and 181 activities to Connected Kingston. More and more are being added weekly. If you would like yours added, please firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Training a Cohort of Champions
To support people to use the referral tool, we are also training Connected Kingston Champions to lead empowered signposting with residents. We train our champions to have a different conversation with people and to show them how to use the site to get local information and support.
Connected Kingston Champions are people working in Kingston, who have direct contact with residents, particularly in helping support their health and well-being. Naturally this includes areas of life that have an impact on people’s health such as employment, education and learning, finance and, housing.
So, if you employ staff or support volunteers, who would be interested in learning how to use the Connected Kingston tool to help people lead healthier, happier lives, book them on the Connected Kingston Champions programme.
Training Track Record and Key Facts
Since early September, we have trained 87 Connected Kingston Champions from 30 different organisations.
The training is free, lasts 2 and a half hours, and we will provide you with regular updates and networking opportunities to connect with local organisations working in health and social care.