Packed full of over 450 local groups, activities, societies and clubs, the online resource was developed as part of the Bracknell Forest Warm Welcome Programme, which, alongside the map, consists of support to help local community groups thrive as well as the Bracknell Forest Social Prescription Programme.
These resources were developed by our public health team to combat social isolation and loneliness, levels of which were found to be above the national average in Bracknell Forest. Social isolation has been shown to increase mortality risk by around a third, as well as being linked to heart disease, depression and cognitive decline.
By developing the Warm Welcome programme, we can begin to address social isolation and loneliness in Bracknell Forest by bringing our communities together. It has been shown that a collective sense of self-esteem comes from interacting with our communities, and this in turn, influences our health and wellbeing choices. Interacting with our communities also enables us to retain the benefits of a community support network, such as staying independent, seeking employment and building the resilience needed to manage difficult situations.
For those that require some extra support in finding local groups, there is the Bracknell Forest Social Prescription Programme. The scheme is open to anyone aged 18 and over who is able to get out and about, and are looking to get active, find a new hobby or to make new friends.
Residents can call 01344 352000 or visit the social prescription page to request a call back from one of our friendly social prescribers.