Last autumn, some of our Belgrade Theatre Over 50s Hub participants and I, started on a journey. It began with the question: 'What is Social Prescribing?' and continues on today.

We decided to invite some social prescribers into the building and ask them this question. We also wanted to give them the opportunity to hear about the work the Belgrade Theatre undertakes at the intersection of art and health/wellbeing and to take part in a co-created, co-led workshop by the participants and me, Kim Hackleman, the freelance facilitator who leads their weekly sessions. So, we created the event Welcoming Social Prescribers which took place on 14 Dec 2022.

Belgrade Theatre staff, Laura Elliot (CEO), and Corey Campbell (Creative Director) welcomed our guests. We introduced our work, and then together we explored questions such as ‘What is social prescribing?’, ‘What are the barriers to social prescribing into arts provision?’, and asked what steps we might like to take next to work more closely together. The participants and I shared our practice with them and then we all talked and listened to one another until we came up with a few actions we would like to take forward.