LED Leisure is delighted to have played a key role in developing a new and innovative social prescribing pilot project for the local community, called “Ways 2 Wellbeing”.
LED, alongside the RD&E NHS foundation trust, have jointly funded a full time Health and Wellbeing Coach to cover the Honiton and Seaton areas.
As a result of the successful pilot, launched in July 2018, the RD&E have appointed a further 5 Health and Wellbeing Coaches to bring Ways 2 Wellbeing to the whole of East Devon.
A number of partners were engaged to develop Ways 2 Wellbeing including East Devon Healthcare and Action East Devon.
Social prescribing is a way of enhancing a patient’s health and wellbeing, with the help of a coach, to access non-medical community services.
Patients suffering from loneliness, social isolation, mental health issues, physical health and fitness problems can all benefit.
Lottie Edwards, LED’s Community Engagement Manager, has been involved from the very start of the pilot:
"It is fantastic to see how Ways 2 Wellbeing has benefited the people who have accessed the programme. LED are proud to have been able to support and grow such a worthwhile project in East Devon”.
Jess Birks, the first Health and Wellbeing coach said:
“LED have played an integral role in the success of ‘Ways2Wellbeing’; most importantly, in the positive outcomes experienced by many of the scheme’s participants. Working collaboratively with LED, we have been able to respond to the barriers people may experience when accessing community-based activities (e.g. finance or initial confidence) and support people to overcome them in the most effective way. This is reflected in the feedback we have received from many of our participants, who state that without this approach, they would not have otherwise accessed the LED services and experienced the improvements in their health and wellbeing. The project has now further expanded across East Devon, seeing 5 new Health and Wellbeing Coaches recruited – which is fantastic! I would like to thank LED for all of their support so far and am excited to see the positive impact we can continue to have moving forward!”
The ‘Ways2Wellbeing’ Scheme began taking referrals on 16th July 2018, with Honiton and Seaton as the allocated pilot areas. As a result of a successful pilot, the scheme has now expanded and went ‘live’ across East Devon on February 18th 2019. There are now 5 Health and Wellbeing Coaches, covering Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Sidmouth, Axminster, Seaton, Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh, collectively.
After nearly 9 months, the scheme has seen 183 referrals across the cluster areas. From these, 97 patients have enrolled fully onto the W2W scheme.
25 people have been formally discharged from the project, all reporting an improvement in their mental health and wellbeing, as a direct result of taking part in the scheme.
Anyone who is interested in accessing the programme should contact their GP surgery or email: