Social Prescribing (Self-Care) Directory

Self-Care Directory

The Social Prescribing (Self-Care) directory has been created to improve links between health professionals and the voluntary and community sector.

Selecting more than one category will only return results that provide all of those services

A variety of therapies including Acupressure, Aromatherapy , Osteopathy , Reflexology , Reiki , Shiatsu , Meditation , relaxation therapy, sleep workshops etc

Where they Work: Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham

A programme providing weekly activities and trips to give older unpaid carers time for themselves away from their caring role

Where they Work: Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham

Every year, Opera for Thought brings to life an Opera Holland Park production for people living with dementia and their carers. Through six weekly workshops and a live performance at Opera Holland Park, participants sing, draw, drink tea, tell stories and bring a new voice to one of our productions.

Opera for Thought is run by OHP’s Inspire and Resonate Arts, and is developed to allow local people living with dementia to experience and participate in an Opera Holland Park production, and to increase their access to the theatre. The project works with the Young Artists programme to support early career musicians in developing their understanding and experience through hands-on opportunities and mentored work experience.

Where they Work: Queen's Park & Paddington, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham

Opera Holland Park announces a new initiative to extend the connection between its work on stage in the summer season and its work within the community: Opera on Film.

OHP’s International Opera Award-winning education and outreach Inspire project runs all year round, bringing opera to people who are otherwise unable to experience live performance, and working with young people and families to open up the art form. The company’s ambition is to reach an audience that fully reflects the diversity of London.

Opera on Film will make films of our productions freely available to hospitals, care homes, hospices, shelters and schools in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the City of Westminster, in a variety of formats.

Last year, we launched with the acclaimed 2019 production of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, directed by Rodula Gatainou and conducted by Matthew Kofi Waldren, Opera on Film will be made available with subtitles to increase accessibility and understanding, and will be complemented by interviews with the creative teams.

As with OHP’s Schools’ Matinee performances of The Marriage of Figaro (2021) and Un ballo in maschera (2019), an education resource pack will be provided. Support will also be provided for care homes, hospices, shelters and hospitals from OHP’s Inspire team and the OHP Young Artists.

OHP has been addressing social exclusion since 2005. With Opera on Film, the company will be able to include those who are unable to attend the theatre among the members of its audience. This vital community initiative is launched in partnership with the company’s resident orchestra, City of London Sinfonia.

Opera on Film will be available from summer 2021.

Contact Inspire on if you would like to order Opera on Film for your hospital, care home, hospice, shelter or school.

Where they Work: Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham

OperaUNITY Online is back for 2021, with six fun-packed, free to attend family workshops full of music, dancing and story-telling. Dance round the maypole, make friends with a clever little fox, eat some delicious pancakes and explore the world of opera.

Here at Opera Holland Park we know music and drama are key to a child’s development, and to family well-being. Our Inspire team has devised a series of OperaUNITY family workshops to give you and your children the chance to bond and unite through interactive music, movement and storytelling.

While our in person family workshops have been postponed for the time being, we are excited for you to join us for OperaUNITY Online. This series of interactive workshops, held via Zoom, are aimed at children aged 0–5, and those with special educational needs. Each workshop blends music, movement, drama and storytelling, bringing opera to life with puppets, toys, live performances and singalong action.

In 2021, we’ll also be recording our workshops. They’ll be available on demand via Facebook, YouTube and IGTV for anyone who can’t attend the live session in person.

Live workshops will take place over Zoom, usually on the second or third Friday of the month at 10am, and last for approx. 45 mins.

Book here:

Where they Work: Queen's Park & Paddington, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham

Outside Edge Theatre Company is the UK’s only theatre company and participatory arts charity focused on improving the lives of people affected by any form of addiction, including their families, carers and champions.

Where they Work: Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham

If you live in Westminster and are aged 50 plus or a carer, the Penfold Community Hub has a wide range of opportunities available to you. We offer stimulating and accessible activities, as well as advice and counselling services, to help you remain healthy, independent and active in your local community.

Activities and services
Physical activity classes, including exercise, music, Tai Chi and chair-based yoga
Age UK Westminster drop-in sessions (twice-weekly) for confidential help and advice
Introductory painting and drawing classes, along with craft sessions
Cook and Eat sessions – cooking up a weekly healthy lunch for older residents in the community
Drop-in Sewing Café, with free access to sewing machines and a friendly group of people
Gardening – growing vegetables and flowers for the Centre, and if you wish, in a patch of your own
Well-being services, including reflexology, massage, acupuncture, beauty therapy, hairdressing and more, all at very reasonable cost
Regular health information sessions on issues such as diabetes, dementia and preventing falls
Social lunches (weekly) with accessible activities in the afternoon
Singing groups, Bingo, minibus and coach outings, visits to the theatre and art galleries, and the list goes on!

Where they Work: Westminster

We provide facilities for social welfare, recreation and healthy ageing with the object of improving the conditions of life and relieving the needs of older people aged 50 and over, particularly those of African and Caribbean origin living in the borough of K&C and the surrounding boroughs, as well as to offer care and assistance to those suffering from physical and mental disabilities.
We offer free transport to our Day care members, some of whom cannot use other means of travel. We get referrals from social services, G.P's and places of worship.

Where they Work: Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham

Peer support sessions about care issues for anyone who receives care and support, whether paid for by a council Personal Budget, through CHC Personal Health Budgets, paid for privately, or support from a friend or relative.

Where they Work: Kensington & Chelsea