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SCHW Consortium Model
SCHW has developed a consortium model to support groups of SCHW organisations to work closely together, to share expertise and experience and to apply for joint funding. To date the model has successfully attracted over £350,000 into SCHW organisations and around 25% of SCHW organisations have been involved in consortium groups. A leaflet on the model has been produced and can be accessed here. SCHW Consortium Model
SCHW is increasingly concerned about the impact of the current economic and social
conditions on the lives of women and girls in areas of multiple deprivation. Case
studies indicate an increasing sense of disempowerment, social isolation and a sense
of hopelessness and, particularly for young single mums an increasing battle to cope
effectively. These situations are frequently accompanied by social and psychological
“Winning for Women” will be delivered by a SCHW consortium of 8 well-
Referrals to “Winning for Women” will come from a variety of sources including GPs,
social services, community groups, SCHW organisations own activities and self-
We should know the outcome of our bid in March fingers crossed x8
The Healthy Living Centre Alliance in Northern Ireland (HLCA) and Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing (SCHW) are alliances of community led health and wellbeing improvement organisations. Staff from both organisations have developed strong links over the past few years. Both organisations have recently undertaken community led pilot programmes in social prescribing in 2 locations in Northern Ireland and in 5 locations in Scotland. This common agenda brought the two organisations together to consider how the lessons learned from the pilot programmes could be shared and applied across a wider range of communities in both regions.
The evaluations of the programmes in each country highlighted they had a very positive impact on the individuals engaged in the community based health improvement pathways. The programmes operated in real partnerships with a range of agencies, including GP practices that referred individuals to the projects with social prescriptions. It was obvious to all those engaged in the projects that they had the potential to address many of the issues facing health and social care services.
SCHW and the HLCA are made up of well established community led health and wellbeing improvement organisations, embedded in some of the most disadvantaged areas in both countries. They are anchor organisations, respected and trusted in their communities. They are in a unique position to not only develop strong partnerships with GP practices and other local organisations and care services but also to provide and deliver a wide range of activities and support to respond to individual needs identified in a social prescription and social outcomes in personal health pathways.
SCHW and the HLCA have submitted a joint bid to the Big Lottery Fund UK to seek a significant investment in accelerating the use of social prescribing across more communities in Scotland and Northern Ireland. We should know the outcome of the bid in March.