We're pleased to announce that NCVS is part of a new Active Travel social prescribing pilot project in Nottingham. The trial will give healthcare professionals and social prescribers the ability to refer patients to services that promote walking, cycling and wheeling delivered within the community.
Locally, the project is called 'Travel Well' and is led by Nottingham City Council in partnership with the Nottingham City Place-Based Partnership, Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS) and Nottingham City GP Alliance (NCGPA).
The Travel Well project recognises that an active lifestyle can have a positive impact on both mental and physical wellbeing, and aims to help support people to build activity into their daily lives for lasting healthy changes.
There are many links with our previous GreenSpace green social prescribing project and we're delighted that the team behind GreenSpace (Kate Lisle and Laura Armitage) are continuing their work with NCVS in new roles, now known as Active Travel Social Prescribing Community Development Coordinators.
This job title can seem a bit of a mouthful, so you will see us shortening it to ATSP Community Development Coordinators! The name reflects the interconnectedness of these projects and the continuity of personnel allows Travel Well to benefit from Kate and Laura's impressive contributions to the GreenSpace Test and Learn pilot.
Kate and Laura are busy consolidating and transitioning their project work as Travel Well builds up to a full service launch in January 2024.
We recently launched the new GreenSpace NG app. The app is designed to get people across Nottinghamshire out and about, experiencing the benefits of being outdoors while exploring the fabulous green spaces we have on offer around the county (more in the Notts TV story below).
Hot on the heels of GreenSpace NG comes another app to encourage Nottingham people to enjoy walking. Supported by the Active Travel Fund, Nottingham City Council and NCVS have partnered with health and wellness company Go Jauntly, to deliver a series of new walks in Nottingham. Residents and visitors will be able to try more than ten miles of walking routes across Nottingham.
The Go Jauntly app, which includes tips on nearby points of interest, places to eat and public toilets, is available to download for free on the App store or Google Play.
Kate and Laura helped to create the Nottingham walking routes on Go Jauntly. Over the coming months they will be working with local community groups to enable you to upload your own walks on the app.
You can read more about the app by following this link.