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Mind, Body and Soul conference

​​Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) Governors are hosting a free half-day conference, called ‘Mind, Body and Soul’ on Thursday, 22 March 2018 in Norwich. 

Service users and their families, health and social care professionals and anyone with an interest in mental, physical and spiritual health are invited to this special event, looking at health and recovery through social prescribing. This is the use of non-medical activities and  support services, such as housing and benefit advice, gardening, arts and crafts, sport etc which promote healthy lifestyles and community cohesion.

The event will feature presentations from national, regional and local experts, and stalls and workshops from a wide variety of support organisations. It aims to raise awareness and understanding of social prescribing and provide an opportunity for people to explore what’s on offer already and what might be developed in the future. It follows the success of similar events organised by the Trust’s Governors in Ipswich and Norwich in recent years, which focused on a variety of topics including talking therapies, dementia, and the complex needs of people who have mental health problems and use drugs and other substances.

Speakers will provide an overview of social prescribing, including its key features and challenges, plans for its development across Norfolk and Suffolk, and lessons from local projects already up and running. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions, visit stalls and take part in workshops to find out what’s available to help people manage their mental, physical and spiritual well-being and aid the process of recovery for those experiencing an episode of hospital care. 

Workshops will focus on: 
Direct support
Green therapy
Arts, crafts and other interests
Food and diet
Sports and exercise

Nigel Boldero (pictured), an NSFT Governor who has been involved in planning the conference, said: “I'm really looking forward to hearing about the wide range of fantastic community organisations that are helping promote health through non-medical activities. Social prescribing isn’t just about relieving the pressures on the NHS; evidence shows that these different types of therapy and support are effective and make a positive contribution to all aspects of a person’s health.

“We hope as many people as possible will join us for what promises to be a really enlightening, engaging and interactive afternoon.” 

Mind, Body and Soul - Health and recovery through social prescribing, takes place on Thursday, 22 March at The King’s Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH, between 12pm and 4.30pm. 

Anyone who would like to attend should book their place in advance by visiting​ 

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