We are seeking a dynamic, self-directed individual, able to build relationships across the team and with external partners. The candidate may have existing knowledge and experience of Green Social Prescribing (GSP), or transferable skills which can be developed to work with communities and partners in the Cheshire to Lancashire region.
Work with NASP and the regional hub to enable voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups to offer quality GSP activities.
Advise and support local VCSE organisations, so that they can develop new nature-based activities and services alongside innovative partnerships.
Understand what GSP provision is available and match that to local need.
Build an understanding of the scale and distribution of local health needs relevant to green activities and use this knowledge to develop a toolkit to unlock and access green social prescription activities and services, and to promote wider connection between people and nature.
Support the NHS Regional Link Worker Learning Coordinators to help strengthen links with the commissioners of health and social care services and key local health professionals.
Work to incorporate health across other work areas in Natural England. Advise and guide the Cheshire to Lancashire Area Team on how to develop and shape Natural England’s health agenda delivery, which could include, for example, how to involve different audiences within our network of National Nature Reserves (NNR) and developing new nature recovery projects.
Engage with a range of other partners, such as local health and well-being boards and other government agencies and support local events and trials.
This post will develop close working links with local and regional community partners and our health partners, in particular the National Academy of Social Prescribing (NASP), and support the offer of nature-based activities in communities within the NW as one of the options available on social prescription. You will work closely with our Health and Environment Senior Adviser and Inclusion Senior Adviser to improve connection to nature within local communities. You will also work collaboratively across the Cheshire to Lancashire Area Team, to develop and cascade good practice and learning into Natural England’s other delivery programmes.
“Green social prescribing is the practice of supporting people to engage in nature-based interventions and activities to improve their mental health. Social prescribing link workers [and other trusted professionals in allied roles] connect people to community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support, based on a ‘what matters to you’ conversation” Activities could include walking, cycling and community gardening and food growing.
**Key accountabilities **
The Cheshire to Lancashire region is a large geographic area and this role will require regular travel across the region.
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