Social Prescribing in the East Midlands

People in the East Midlands can enjoy an afternoon of paddleboarding, a wellbeing walk, or crafting whilst travelling on a narrowboat as part of our social prescribing projects in the region.

Lady paddleboarding on canal Social prescribing in Nottingham

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.

Our social prescribing projects in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire are designed to make use of local waterways as a focal point to help people tackle mental and physical health problems.

Waterways & Wellbeing in Nottingham

Thanks to funding from the Greenspace social prescribing programme in Nottingham we’re holding regular canoeing and paddleboarding on the Nottingham & Beeston Canal at Castle Wharf and Beeston, as well as at Holme Pierrepoint National Water Sport Centre and The Mill Base Adventure Centre in Sutton-In-Ashfield. We’re also hosting walking, running and cycling sessions along towpaths within the city.

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 or download a referral form here.

Social prescribing in South Leicestershire

In Leicestershire we’re about to offer socially prescribed activities on the county’s waterways for the first time. We’re working in partnership with Active Together, Blaby District Council, Harborough District Council and Oadby & Wigston Borough Council to hold socially prescribed canoeing and paddleboarding sessions in South Leicestershire. The project has also been supported by Market Harborough Building Society who have funded the purchase of new paddleboards. For more information contact Community Wellbeing Coordinator, Sean Payne, at

Last date edited: 22 June 2022