Community Engagement

I became involved in February 2018 in the powerful cultural shift represented by social prescribing. Whilst I alongside so many others have been working holistically for many years, the NHS has not. There is now finally a long awaited and much needed shift in placing more of a focus on community engagement to heal some of the deeply embedded societal issues we face around social isolation, depression and hopelessness.

Action creates change. Community can do this. Heart and passion creates lasting change. 

Social prescribing is part of the NHS long term plan with its intention to empower patients much more to place responsibility of care back into their own powerful hands and of course ease financial pressure on the NHS. The current map of care does not serve holistically and so we collectively need to switch on our innate capacity to heal from within. This requires courage, curiosity and a belief that things can indeed change. This shift is needed for patients and doctors alike. Doctors are stressed and at a high risk of burnout - this is slowly starting to be addressed and indeed has become an area of special interest to me, but it requires an honest look at the current systems and their origins and a brave vision to reconnect more with our hearts, our compassion and our trust.

Whilst the NHS England funding has ceased since March 2020 for these classes, we pivot as so many have in 2020. I offer an online (yes on zoom!) weekly yoga class that has been a source of true community these past few months. Breath techniques, relaxation tools, inner exploration. body strengthening. It can offer so much.

And now you get to avail of it. So for those who might not have had access to a high quality and caring class, for a suggested £10 monthly donation, you can join us Tuesdays at 11 a.m. 60 minute class. To enquire, please email me ciara@whollyaligned.com

Please do email me so we can be sure this is the right class for you and your current health. I am in touch with a growing number of amazing people in the community of south London and also yoga teacher for another new initiative funded by Kidney Research UK and in alliance with King's College Hospital, Kidney Beam.

A free resource for anyone impacted by kidney illness. Sign up for free: Kidney Beam

So reach out and let's see what help can come your way. Awaken your inner physician! 

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