Member Spotlight – Selina Ross
Meet Selina, Chief Officer at West Dunbartonshire CVS.
Please summarise your role responsibilities
A large part of my role is to work collaboratively with communities and partners to help develop and coordinate link working and social prescribing services across the local authority area.
What is your most significant accomplishment in your role?
I would have to say that it has been maintaining services during the early lockdown phase of Covid-19. We knew that it would vital that our communities were still able to raise issues in a supportive way and be signposted to interim support that helps to sustain them until services were able to operate again.
The range of enquiries received, showed the immense value our communities place on link working services in a time of crisis but also to help build resilience and engagement.
What is the biggest challenge you are currently facing?
Renewing services in a changing Covid landscape is challenging. As we move through levels of restrictions, our challenge is to make sure that we can flex quickly and be responsive to the needs of our communities across the authority area. This is a huge pressure for all of our staff teams – and a challenge they are rising to everyday!
Do you have any words of wisdom for Social Prescribing Link Workers and/or Social Prescribing Programmes?
Remember what a privilege it is to be trusted to help people bring about the changes that will help them address what matters to them.
What do you do for fun when not working?
Stay at home… oh and get my daily exercise!
How does National Association of Link Workers add value to Social Prescribing and Link Workers?
A national association is pivotal in increasing awareness and understanding of the ever-developing link-worker role and the real impacts it brings to the lives of people all across the country everyday. For us as practitioners, the status that such a robust CPD programme brings is invaluable. We are on a journey, but off to a great start.
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