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Bromley By Bow Centre – Collaboration between advice services and social prescribing

The Bromley by Bow Centre has been funded by the Trust to deliver “East End Energy Fit” a dedicated Fuel & Energy Advice service since 2018, the Trustees have awarded further funding to allow the project to continue to deliver until March 2022, in order this vital support is available for vulnerable clients within the local community.

East End Energy Fit provides personalised, in depth, 1:1 energy advice and assistance to 840 unique beneficiaries in or at risk of energy crisis in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham, and neighbouring boroughs. It combines crisis support and resilience-building so residents can independently manage their energy costs to prevent recurrence of crisis and improve long-term affordability. Their energy advisors are all qualified to Energy Awareness Level 3 and to give benefit and debt advice.

The advice covers a holistic assessment of client need and full casework support with:

Bromley By Bow Centre have recently published a new report on the potential for collaboration between social prescribing and advice services in healthcare settings. The report explores the relationship between social welfare legal advice services and social prescribing but findings broadly apply to all types of advice service. It looks at how collaboration and joint-working can maximise the collective impact of both services, benefits clients and increases efficiency.

The research, supported by the Mayor of London and The Legal Education Foundation draws on examples of best practice from across London and the UK and makes recommendations across a range of areas including:

Evidence from the report states:

The report can be downloaded here – Social welfare advice and social prescribing in health settings report