Icon Supports Social Prescribing in Welsh Government Loneliness Consultation
Icon has responded to the Welsh Government’s consultation Connected Communities: Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation.
The consultation invited views on developing a “clear, holistic and long-term response” to loneliness and social isolation in Wales.
Icon’s response highlighted the growing body of evidence supporting the argument that engagement with arts and culture contribute to health and wellbeing and can help prevent and mitigate social isolation and loneliness. Conservation holds great potential to support a loneliness strategy as a sector that engages people in their heritage, brings communities together and offers opportunities to volunteer and learn new skills.
Icon urged the government to commit to social prescribing and fund collaborative projects across the arts and health and social care sectors.
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