Kings Fund 'Community is the Best Medicine' conference

Our Research Director Adam will be presenting alongside Walsall Council’s Senior Commissioning Manager Angela Aitken, at the Kings Fund ‘Community is the Best Medicine’ conference in Leeds on 6th November.


The conference will discuss projects with an innovative design or delivery, have had an impact on the
health and wellbeing of communities and have encouraged collaboration between organisations and

The main theme of Adam’s presentation will be the value of a social prescribing programme in
Walsall, following our evaluation of Making Connections Walsall, aimed at tackling loneliness and
isolation amongst older people in Walsall.

The two year programme started in October 2017 and has targeted the needs of older adults who
were lonely and isolated, by connecting third sector organisations or groups that provided services to
address loneliness. MEL Research has been carrying out an independent evaluation of this free
service, adopting an SROI approach to assess the outcomes and social value created to it, so that
Walsall Council has the evidence to support and develop services in future.

At the conference Adam and Walsall Council will share good practice and lessons from the
implementation and delivery of the programme, with particular focus on the social prescribing
approach and how social values can be maximised for future programmes like this.

If you would like a full breakdown of the slides from the conference they will be available after 6th
November, so please contact our team.

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