Social Prescribing and the Potential of Historic England’s Local Delivery

An SQW report to Historic England

By Lauren Roberts, Holly Waddell and Alice Birch

Social prescribing is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other health and care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. Schemes can involve a variety of activities, such as volunteering, art classes, gardening, exercise, befriending and group support, often provided by voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations.

This report, commissioned by Historic England and produced by SQW, explores Historic England's potential to deliver social prescribing through its work, and what might be needed for implementing these approaches.

It is based on a study of Historic England's work in the London and South East England region, carried out in 2020 by SQW.


Executive Summary
1. Introduction
2. Social prescribing: the wider context
3. Social prescribing in the heritage sector
4. Rationale and potential for Historic England involvement
5. Reflections, recommendations and potential next steps
Annex A: Acknowledgements
Annex B: Reference list
Annex C: Beddington Park and The Grange case study
Annex D: Enriching the List case study
Annex E: Ramsgate Seafront Consultation case study
Annex F: The Old House Project case study

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 91


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