THE SOCIAL PRESCRIBING YOUTH NETWORK (SPYN)
“Every Primary Care Network in England to have at least one Link Worker dedicated to working with children and young people”.
That is SPYN’s ambition and with more than 900 members up and down the country, it is on course to be realised in 2022.
Social prescribing is described by NHS England and Improvement as an “all-age service” but everyone would agree children and young people do not have fair access. Yet. We need your help.
Joining SPYN is free and keeps you up to date with news, developments, resources, funding and training. SPYN members include Link Workers, voluntary and community organisations, social prescribing coordinators, commissioners, funders, GPs, youth workers, police officers, teachers and researchers. What we have in common is a commitment to bringing social prescribing and its benefits to the younger generations.
Some of SPYN’s achievements since its launch in 2018:
- Membership now at 900+ individuals
- Winner of ‘Children & Young People Now’ Award 2021
- Finalist in ‘Royal Society for Public Health’ Health and Wellbeing Awards 2021
- £900k pilot delivered in Sheffield, Southampton, Luton and Brighton & Hove 2019-21
- Ground-breaking evaluation published
- National guidance published in December 2020
- Co-applicant on major new research project