20th June 2024
Wesport win award at National Academy for Social Prescribing 2024!
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The winners of the 2024 Social Prescribing Awards were announced on day one of the 5th International Social Prescribing Conference on 19th June 2024 at the University of Westminster, London.

The 2024 Social Prescribing Awards hosted by the Social Prescribing Network and the National Academy for Social Prescribing recognise and celebrate the wealth of innovative social prescribing projects and schemes running throughout the UK and internationally.

Wesport won the award for the Best Physical Activity Social Prescribing Project for our Bristol Physical Activity Social Prescribing project!

The image (top right) shows Wesport's Project Manager; Ali Chodkiewicz and CEO; Steve Nelson (centre and centre left), with Physical Activity Link Workers Jane and David (front and back left).

We were also thrilled for our fellow award winners, Bristol based Open Minds Active! Pictured is the Founder and Director, Maggy Blagrove, and her colleague (right and centre right).

In January 2022, Wesport were commissioned by Bristol City Council to deliver a physical activity social prescribing project across the city, utilise physical activity and movement to engage individuals impacted by the pandemic. The project aimed to advocate for physical activity to improve health inequalities experienced by residents by increasing access to opportunities across the city.

We have been working closely with Knowle West Healthy Living Centre, Southmead Development Trust and Wellspring Settlement on this project. Our sincere thanks go to those organisations and the wonderful Physical Activity Link Workers who made this project work - Jane Rogers, Kathy Kingdon and David Sully.

Find out more about the project and its impact here!

Wesport's Project Manager (Social Prescribing), Ali Chodkiewicz, said "This award is testament to the wonderful team of Physical Activity Link Workers, their hard work, passion and dedication to supporting individuals to access physical activity opportunities to improve health and wellbeing.  We are absolutely delighted that the project has been recognised nationally as an example of collaboration and how physical activity and the health sector can work together to reduce health inequalities in our community."

Wesport's CEO, Steve Nelson, said "I am so pleased for everyone that worked on this! Receiving national recognition reinforces the positives gained from this project, our approach to the work and the impact it has had on the hundreds of people supported through it."

Find out about all of the award winners here.