Forthcoming events hosted by WSSPR or of potential interest to the network


Local Area Coordination in Wales Webinar – New research

Date: 13 December 2023
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: Online
Summary: The WLGA, Swansea Council and the Local Area Coordination Network  ask you to save the date for a webinar exploring the Local Area Coordination philosophy and approach in Wales.

Picture a Wales with a Local Area Coordinator in every community.  A council employed practitioner working to a set of principles and methodology that proactively connects with people experiencing concerns, helping them pursue their goals, foster connections, share their gifts and prevent service dependence. Swansea Council and partners have been bringing this vision into reality since 2015 and have seen many examples of increased personal and community confidence, resilience and contribution.  Join us to hear inspiring testimony, community impact, and new academic research speaking to the individual, family, community and system level impacts of this approach. 

The webinar is a must for progressive system leaders looking to build a different vision of local services rebalancing resource from the acute and crisis to the human and preventative.  It would be particularly relevant for directors of Social Services, Senior Leaders of Health Organisations and Elected Members. 

Further details to follow with the Teams invitation.



The Ontology of Well-Being in Social Policy and Welfare Practice

Date: 7 September 2023
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Venue: Online
Summary: Coming Home is an exhibition of life stories told through unique comic and cartoon-based artwork produced by veterans alongside Arts in Health organisation Re-Live, comic artists and Cardiff University researchers. 

Captured online during the Covid pandemic, a group of veterans shared their stories and insight into rarely discussed aspects of their experience. Veterans were supported to share and adapt their often traumatic narrative, and work with a professional cartoonist to create a finished story.

This event is part of Being Human Festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities, taking place 9–18 November 2023. For further information please see

A partnership event between Amgueddfa Cymru and Cardiff University,

Further information.

Book talk

The Ontology of Well-Being in Social Policy and Welfare Practice

Date: 7 September 2023
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Venue: Online
Summary: You are warmly invited to this event, where Professor Steve Smith will be talking about his recent book published by Springer, entitled The Ontology of Well-Being in Social Policy and Welfare Practice. The main question addressed throughout the book is what kind of creatures are we such that we can experience something we call well-being?

According to Professor Smith, addressing this ontological question is fundamental to epistemological issues concerning what we know about well-being, and to normative issues concerning how we should promote well-being as a social value. Yet, surprisingly, it is a question that is often side-lined or ignored in academic and political debates about well-being. In an attempt to address this question, head-on, the book identifies and explores what are named as six features of the human condition: human embodiment, finiteness, sociability, cognition, evaluation, and agency.

Covering a wide range of human experiences, Professor Smith argues that these ontological features reveal the conflicting character of our ‘being human’, which, in turn, has a profound bearing on the possibilities for both increasing and diminishing well-being. He then applies these philosophical insights to a number of social policies and welfare practices, concerning, for example, pensions, disability, bereavement counselling, social prescribing within medical practices, the promotion of mental health, and co-productive practices. 



RHCW Summer Webinar 2023

Date: 18 July 2023
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Venue: Online
Summary: The next RHCW Webinar is being held on Tuesday 18th July 2023 from 10am to 12 noon, with the following presentations:

BT Health and Social Care Innovation Showcase – Shane Allum, Showcase, Downstreaming & Innovation Specialist, BT – a virtual presentation from BT’s Research and Innovation labs, showcasing some of the latest digital innovations in health and social care. This presentation will demonstrate a number of innovative technologies that can be used in hospitals, healthcare centres and by individuals to improve their wellbeing and / or be able to monitor and manage their own health. The showcase will also include a 5G Connected Ambulance demonstration, which brings to life how 5G can be used in medical situations to enable remote experts to diagnose treatment for a patient much sooner than was previously possible.

Developing a Glossary of Terms for Social Prescribing (SP) – Dr Simon Newstead, Senior Research Assistant, University of South Wales – Social prescribing (SP) uses a person-centred approach to support and empower an individual through engagement in community-based activities. It is an area that has shown rapid growth, with an associated proliferation of diverse and confusing terminology that creates barriers to engagement and communication. This presentation will provide an overview of research conducted by the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research and Public Health Wales, which has culminated in a glossary of terms that seeks to clarify and standardise the language associated with SP.

   Welcome and Introductions
10.15am    BT Health and Social Care Innovation Showcase
10.45am    Q&A / Mentimeter / Comfort Break
11.00am    Developing a Glossary of Terms for Social Prescribing (SP)
11.30am    Q&A / Mentimeter

11.45am    Closing remarks  / AOB

The Webinar is free of charge to attend but you will need to register



Exploring A Glossary of Terms for Social Prescribing

Date: 12 July 2023
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Venue: Online
Summary: Register now for the next Public, Engagement and Involvement Forum.

The Forum is a network for researchers, the public and people working in health and social care research in Wales to discuss issues and drive improvements in public engagement and involvement.

The next meeting will offer an opportunity to learn more about the new Public Involvement in Research Impact Toolkit (PIRIT) from the team who co-developed it in Wales.

You will also be able to help provide ideas for the next two Forum events.


WSSPR Forum - Session 10

Exploring A Glossary of Terms for Social Prescribing

Date: 6 July 2023
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Venue: Online
Summary: At the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research we host three social prescribing evaluation forums per year. This event is the 10th in the series (Year 4, Session 1) and the theme for the session is the Glossary of Terms for Social Prescribing.

Social prescribing has undergone a period of growth and development that has been accompanied by a proliferation of diverse and confusing terminology which creates barriers to engagement and communication.

We set out to address this issue by developing a glossary of terms for social prescribing for use by commissioners, professionals who work in or with social prescribing, and the public. We used a mixed methods approach to collate the terminology associated with social prescribing and develop the glossary.

We identified 426 terms associated with social prescribing, 192 of which were specific to social prescribing, and subsequentially labelled as ‘core’ social prescribing terms. The development of the glossary focused on these core terms, many of which were used to describe the same aspects of social prescribing. Consequently, we were able to produce a glossary of 36 suggested terms, in which each of the 192 core terms was represented.

The final draft of the glossary, which will be referenced in the Welsh Governments National Framework for Social Prescribing was approved by our partners at Public Health Wales in March 2023 and will likely be published by July 2023.



Exploring A Glossary of Terms for Social Prescribing

Date: 5-6 July 2023
Time: All day
Venue: The Celtic Manor Resort Coldra Woods The Usk Valley NP18 1HQ
Summary: For 75 years our NHS and social care services have been the bedrock of our society, protecting and supporting our communities, our friends, and our families.

We have achieved so much but now, like many others, we face unprecedented global challenges, including Covid-19, ageing populations, and the climate emergency.

We are at a tipping point. It is now time for us to face these challenges together and rebuild our health and social care systems to thrive in tomorrow’s world.

Join us on the 5/6 July for open and honest conversations about the future of our health service. What role will you play?

This conference comprises of two extraordinary days covering 4 themes:

  • Developing Resilient and Resourceful People and Communities

  • Integrating Quality Health & Social Care fit for People;

  • Creating Sustainable & Equally Well Approaches

  • Transformation to be Fit & Flexible for the Future


Networking event

Bridgend Green Gathering Networking Event

Date: 16 June 2023
Time: 09:30 - 15:30
Venue: Bryngarw Country Park, Bryngarw country park Brynmenyn CF32 8UU
Summary: This is a public event open to anyone interested in supporting better health and well-being in local green and natural space. It is an opportunity to be inspired, network with other green space / well-being practitioners and to try out some well-being activities.

There will be time to share knowledge and lessons learnt about cultivating enduring connections with nature and to discuss some of the barriers that can prevent access and engagement for some audiences.

The day will include: -

  • Inspiration from speakers such as Steve Davies, the eco entrepreneur who invented a surfboard made entirely from mushrooms and coral

  • Big picture perspectives from organisations including Natural Resources Wales and Public Health Wales

  • Experiencing well-being in nature first-hand during taster workshops in the beautiful grounds. 2 complimentary sessions per attendee. Sign-up upon arrival on the day

  • Making new connections in the interactive networking session - if you would like the opportunity to showcase your service, group or organisation during this session please contact

By coming together as a network of organisations and individuals involved in green space and well-being we hope to strengthen links between sectors to better support our communities.