Social Prescribing in Nottingham

People in Nottingham can enjoy an afternoon of paddleboarding, a wellbeing walk, or some canalside gardening on prescription as part of our Waterways & Wellbeing social prescribing project in the city.

two people canoeing on river Let's Paddle!

Social prescribing involves helping people to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to community services and activities like gardening, health walks and volunteering opportunities. GPs, link workers or other health and wellbeing professionals can refer people to activities that are appropriate to them.

The Waterways & Wellbeing project is designed to make use of the Nottingham & Beeston Canal as a focal point to help people tackle mental and physical health problems.

People living along the length of the canal, which runs from Nottingham to Beeston, can access a variety of activities to help boost their physical and mental health. Activities include canoe and paddleboard sessions, gardening along the canal, volunteering opportunities and wellbeing walks. There will also be the opportunity to join photography courses, arts activities, cookery classes and, when covid restrictions allow, communal meals at venues along the canal.

The project is being run by a partnership of local organisations including the Trust, Nottingham Community & Voluntary Service, Notts County Foundation, Canalside Heritage Centre, Nottingham Photographers Hub and local foodbank Himmah. Funding has been provided through the National Academy of Social Prescribing, Arts Council England, Natural England and Historic England.

How to get involved

This programme is open to everyone living in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County and aims to support people who struggle with their mental wellbeing or social isolation. If you would like to find out more about how to either refer people you work with, or if you would like to discuss how our Waterways & Wellbeing sessions could support your own mental wellbeing, contact our Community Wellbeing Coordinator Carol Burrell at

Last date edited: 8 November 2021