We tailored our report to bring together existing statistical data and research, local knowledge and community consultation to provide a health check of five themes we felt were of particular importance to Lincolnshire:
- Rurality, Transport & Access to Services
- Healthy Living and Well-being
- Work, Education & Learning
- Arts, Culture & Heritage
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Our learning from this process of data harvesting and crunching has left us with questions; questions not only on the issues we have highlighted but also on how VS can add value to our proactive and expanding roles as a grant maker and community commissioner. We are especially keen to show how small grant making and community development at the coalface can make a big difference and how health and wellbeing strategies can reflect local needs. We plan to update the VS report annually and use the opportunity to raise the Foundation’s profile.This year our work looks to the provision of Social Prescription (SP) across Lincolnshire under the Healthy Living and Wellbeing theme. Social Prescribing is a means of enabling patients with social, emotional or practical needs to be referred to a range of local, non-clinical community services. A person would receive a referral and is helped to create a bespoke plan linking them to opportunities and services within their community. All this with the aim of increasing positive outcomes for people whilst easing the workload on GPs.The Foundation is in the vanguard for SP in Lincolnshire and has agreed to co-commission a pilot in the South of the County. This will start early in the new year. We hold high hopes for our partnership working on SP right across the County and have recently pulled together a strategic bid, submitted to the Department of Health, to develop a service in a further 5 areas. We do this with the backing of statutory partners and commissioners. We are also working with the Life Chances Fund (sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) to examine the options for the development of a “Social Impact Bond” (payment by results, funded by social lenders) as sustainable long-term funding for SP.