Social mirror for social prescribing

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  • 1. Social Mirror for Social Prescribing
  • 2. • The RSA is a charity devoted to finding innovative, practical solutions to today’s pressing social problems that aims to build a progressive, inclusive and capable society. • We inspire public discourse and critical debate – The UK’s best free public lecture programme with over 150 events a year – Our RSAnimates have a viewership of over 50 million people • We have an international Fellowship of over 27,000 achievers and influencers from a wide array of backgrounds and professions – This provides an opportunity to build momentum around new ideas and create innovative solutions • The RSA Connected Communities team has pioneered the use of social network analysis as means of achieving social policy outcomes. – The RSA is currently piloting social network-based interventions to increase wellbeing in seven sites in deprived areas of England, and Social Mirror builds upon this work The RSA
  • 3. “If we wanted to get people to quit smoking, we would not arrange them in a line and get the first one to quit and tell him to pass it on. Rather, we would surround a smoker with multiple nonsmokers, perhaps in a squad…” Why Networks?
  • 4. Remember This?
  • 5. Area 1 • fifth of people with no qualifications (13% national average) • %age of people with problems with writing 38% higher than national average • only 3% people belong to formal group with neighbours • teenage pregnancy rate 71 per 1,000 (national average 42) • 18% of people feel ‘very unsafe’ after dark (twice national average) A quick quiz…
  • 6. Area 2 • almost half the population are educated to degree level or above (29% national average) • over ¾ with broadband/dial-up at home (70% national average) • a rich, empowered third sector infrastructure with a community forum of over 70 organisations/activists • 95% of people undertaking recommended amount of exercise (national average); 90% people with health improving/same (80% nationally) • 40% reduction in people feeling very unsafe after dark A quick quiz…
  • 7. Most deprived Deciles Least deprived 20% 40% 60% 80%
  • 8. Most deprived Deciles Least deprived 20% 40% 60% 80% Area 1 Area 2
  • 9. What does a network perspective add?
  • 10. • unseen, untapped capacity in communities to address opportunities/problems • higher social capital areas have better health, education, economic, crime, community governance outcomes • networks have dynamic qualities through which behaviour, emotional states, conditions, influence spread and cluster • limits building of new community infrastructure on top of old, which is then marginalised and decays • asset-based approach • different conceptions of community within place based networks • reduced public finances necessitate debate on what state should do for communities and what communities must do for themselves Why Connected Communities?
  • 11. • The RSA is currently piloting social network-based interventions to increase wellbeing in seven sites in deprived areas of England, and Social Mirror builds upon this work • This is based on analyses of c. 3000 people’s social and community connections Questions is: if your network map is a map of you, how do you get to read it? Social Mirror: roots in reflexivity
  • 12. Social Mirror: roots in reflexivity
  • 13. What happens of this information is used by health professionals? • Social connections influence our wellbeing and life outcomes • Isolation is linked to health complaints ranging from depression (costing the economy £8 billion annually), to cardiovascular disease. • Healthcare practitioners are charged with addressing such problems through social prescribing but its use is patchy. • Current evidence shows positive health impacts, but the economic case for social prescribing is thin. • How can busy health practitioners know what is available in the community; how can the evidence be better collated? Social Mirror for Social Prescribing
  • 14. • Working with the Knowle West Media Centre and local NHS • Based on existing data: Social Mirror for Social Prescribing
  • 15. Video!
  • 16. • 150 users • 85% reported positive experience of doing social mirror • 10% report going to groups • 43% feel differently about local area • 40% inspired to go to more groups • 64% first time they had received a social prescription Pilot findings (in progress!):
  • 17. • 78% think is important or very important that Doctors issue social prescriptions • 50% would recommend Social Mirror to someone else • 25% reported an increase in their wellbeing • 30% have said it made them feel more part of their community • 35% said it made them feel closer to their local area • 60% said it made them feel like they knew what is happening locally Pilot findings (in progress!):
  • 18. Pilot Stories “I can’t say enough about it because it has changed my life. If I hadn’t done it I wouldn’t have known about these walking groups. After I retired I felt like a recluse, three days a week I didn’t go out of the flat. I’ve now lost a stone in weight, I can talk to people quite freely which I didn’t before. I’ve stopped drinking alcohol - I don’t need it to help me sleep as the walks tire me out.” Participant, male, aged mid-60s.
  • 19. Pilot Stories “Social Mirror has made a massive impact in my life because when I moved here I had nobody and nothing. Going to groups through Social Mirror started the ball rolling – I’ve been going to groups for my children and for myself, I’ve made friends, and I know the area better. My life is a lot happier and more content now and I don’t feel so lonely.” Participant, female, aged mid-20s.
  • 20. What this matters: 5 community questions Do you have social support? Do you feel part of your local area? Do you feel you have a voice? Are you vulnerable, locally? Do you feel you can make choice? Is there anything blocking you?
  • 21. The Power to Create and Local Agencies Network Weaving Brokering Capacity Building
  • 22. Community People Spring- boarding The Power to Create and Local Agencies
  • 23. Thank you! Gaia Marcus Twitter: la_gaia Gaia.marcus@rsa.org.uk