Member Spotlight- Veronica Kuperman, Social Prescribing Manager


Member Spotlight- Veronica Kuperman

Meet Veronica, Social Prescribing Manager at Developing Health Independence.

Please summarise your role responsibilities

I am responsible for the operational and strategic management of a Social Prescribing Service in B&NES and managed a team of 6 link workers and volunteers.

What is your most significant accomplishment in your role?

The most significant accomplishment has been starting a service from scratch when Social Prescribing was in its early stages and seeing the service grow and develop to become nationally recognised as an example of best practice achieving outstanding outcomes for our service users.

What is the biggest challenge you are currently facing?

I am writing this as we enter the second week of the second Covid lockdown. Inevitably the biggest challenge is to how best respond to our service users’ needs, some of which are exacerbated or directly linked to the pandemic while managing an increased demand for the service and navigating gaps in services we can link people with as a direct result of the pandemic and its multi-faceted socio-economic impact.

“The most significant accomplishment has been starting a service from scratch when Social Prescribing was in its early stages and seeing the service grow and develop to become nationally recognised as an example of best practice achieving outstanding outcomes for our service users”.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Social Prescribing Link Workers and/or Social Prescribing Programmes?

Start by trying to make a difference and change will follow. Small steps.

What do you do for fun when not working?

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors and reading.

How does National Association of Link Workers add value to Social Prescribing and Link Workers?

By creating opportunities to network and share learning.

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