The Social Prescribing Show

Thu 9 Mar, 9am – 5pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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The National Academy for Social Prescribing

Join the National Academy for Social Prescribing and the Southbank Centre for an inspiring and informative day of sessions and performances.

Led by NASP, The Social Prescribing Show celebrates the people and organisations who make social prescribing happen. These include Social Prescribing Link Workers and other NHS staff, grassroots groups and charities, and regional and national organisations delivering groundbreaking projects.

Social prescribing is a way of connecting people to non-medical activities, services and support that can benefit their health and wellbeing.

It’s already helping to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, including many who have previously struggled with their health or been unable to get the support they need.

Examples of social prescribing could include helping someone who is isolated to join a befriending group, an art class or a community gardening project; connecting someone struggling with financial stress to a service that helps them; or supporting someone with dementia to join a dementia choir, enabling them to maintain a sense of social connection.

Featuring expert contributors from a variety of sectors, this day celebrates the impact of social prescribing, addresses challenges and looks at what the future holds. It takes place on Social Prescribing Day.

There are sessions on tackling health inequalities through social prescribing; community development and the role of the voluntary sector; ensuring sustainability through finance and investment; and social prescribing across the globe.

There are also breakout sessions on arts, culture and heritage; physical activity; the natural environment; older people; and workforce and infrastructure; as well as a range of fantastic activities and performances. A full schedule will be available in advance of the day.

This event is also available to watch as a live stream.
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Light refreshments are provided when you arrive and throughout the day, and you can buy lunch from the Southbank Centre.

This event is also available to watch as a live stream. Find out more

Dates & times

Thu 9 Mar, 9am – 5pm


  • Standard entryFree, but ticketed

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Purcell Room

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Our address is: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. The nearest tube and train stations within 5-7 minutes walk are Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines) and Embankment (District & Circle lines). There are also lots of bus routes with stops 2-5 minutes from our venues. For more information on getting here by road, rail or river.

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An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. Please visit the Welcome Desk on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, where a member of staff can provide you with the key. You can also use the phone next to the Changing Places toilet to speak to a member of staff. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.


The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room cloakroom is closed. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the venues, so please leave large bags at home.

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Purcell Room is located in Queen Elizabeth Hall. For step-free access please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.

Please bear with us while we update our access map to reflect the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall’s Level 2 foyer spaces. The step-free routes remain the same.

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