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

Local Salvation Army church and community centres offer a range of activities and services within their local communities. People can become involved in all sorts of ways, through volunteering with fundraising initiatives, attending church services and helping with local activities.

Where they Work: Kensington & Chelsea

SAF is a charity that will strive to improve the well being of the family through therapeutic services. We have various workshops and talks around parenting, stress, building confidence, debt, depression and anger management.
We provide a safe, professional and confidential counselling service to our clients within the framework of the ethical guidelines provided by the BACP.
We offer short and long term counselling sessions (from six weeks to two years) and as a charity our services are offered on an affordability donation basis.

Where they Work: Kensington & Chelsea

Children from North Kensington are given an opportunity to benefit from maths and literature sessions, arts and crafts, martial arts, chess classes, drama therapy and many more exciting activities every Saturday in Henry Dickens Community Centre and Golborne Youth Centre.

Where they Work: Kensington & Chelsea

The aim is to build confidence in students. This work provides mentoring and support to young people, many of whom return to teach or volunteer at the school as adults. The school operates over 30 teaching weeks a year and over 80 school-aged children benefit and achieve higher grades in their GCSE exams. This service is delivered in partnership with City-Circle charity.

Where they Work: Kensington & Chelsea

Centre based (at SMART and ADKC) massage sessions and a limited number of home based sessions. Options will include seated massage, Indian Head massage, reflexology, or Reiki. By appointment on The 4th Thursday of the month, 1-5pm at SMART AND the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1:15-5:15pm at ADKC.

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

Homeshare is a valuable, affordable community service, a simple way of supporting people to help each other. Homeshare matches someone who needs some help to live independently in their own home with someone who is looking for somewhere affordable to live and is happy to give an agreed level of practical help and friendship in return

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

Weekly Shared Reading groups for people who are looking for a place to make meaningful connections within themselves and with other people in their community. We read great stories and poems aloud in the groups each week, using the literature as a starting point to help us discover what is common and unique about our thoughts and feelings. Group members are invited to read aloud, join in the conversation or sit back and relax while listening to the story—this is a non-pressure environment where everyone is welcome.
These groups run in partnership with libraries, community centres, hospitals, and day centres across Kensington and Chelsea. Please contact us to find a group near you.

Where they Work: Kensington & Chelsea

Silverfit is an exciting, rapidly expanding charity led by older people for older people. We aim to promote happier, healthier ageing through physical activity and at the same time combat social isolation. Our `sandwich` formula of socialising /exercise/socialising for older people is unique, increasing activity levels and helping people make new friends, feel more confident and enjoy life as they age.

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

Our Practical Help service is open to Kensington & Chelsea residents over the age of 55 who need some help with small tasks around the house.
Examples include: Fitting spyholes and door chains on your front door, hanging mirrors and pictures, fixing hinges in cabinets or cupboards, fitting curtain rails on the wall, taking down your curtains and putting them back again after they have been washed, putting up shelves, assembling flat pack furniture, moving light pieces of furniture, simple draught proofing of doors and windows, minor packing/unpacking, replacing lightbulbs and fuses

Where they Work: Kensington & Chelsea

St Mary Abbots Rehabilitation and Training (SMART) supports people affected by mental illness on their path to recovery.

Through meaningful activity and training they aim to rebuild lives, giving people purpose, confidence and skills.

Where they Work: Kensington & Chelsea