Debbie Butler, Rose Severn, Andy Simpkins and Alison Foad have been getting out and about in our local area to update their extensive guide to what’s on in Nottinghamshire and regional  communities, including a recent visit to Mill Waters and Titchfield Park to the north east of Nottingham city. PICS Social Prescribers work hard to find activities, networks, groups and events that would help local people connect with their communities and pursue their interests, and they help reduce digital inequalities by signposting these to those without online access.

Social Prescribers listen to people to find out what interests and worries them. They help patients feel more empowered to make changes to improve their health and wellbeing, and connect with their loved ones and communities. Alongside traditional therapies and medical support, these free services are available across Nottinghamshire on referral by any health and social care worker via a person’s Practice Surgery.

About Titchfield Park

Providing lovely walks, this is a great place for various flat short walks. Debbie Bulter reports: “It’s a great place in Mansfield to take patients with lovely tea room. Walking for wellbeing is so important and helps us to connect properly with other people, not zoom or teams.”

About Mill Waters

Mill Waters is located between Ashfield and Mansfield and an idea place to meet patients who can explore new routes, green spaces and wildlife on their doorstep. It provides a natural heritage along the River Maun for walkers, families and cyclists. Restoration work on the historic King’s Mill viaduct has been completed thanks to £232,000 from the lottery fund, designed to connect Mansfield and Ashfield with a new viewing platform over the Hermitage ponds. Colleagues walked along the newly renovated viaduct and noted that it is oldest of its kind in England, having opened in 1819.

Rose Severn says “This fantastic attraction is an ideal place to meet patients and introduce them to a new area to explore new routes, green spaces and wildlife – all on their doorstep! We encourage them to visit with their families and friends and offer lots of ideas of things they can do here to improve their physical and mental health.”

In the photo are Debbie Butler and Rose Severn, Andy Simpkins and Alison Foad.