A-Z of Social Prescribing Celebrates the Lives of Older People



Since starting the Learning for the Fourth Age (L4A) Social Prescribing Project in November 2016, I have met some wonderful older people and older patients of Downing Drive Surgery. Full of wit and wisdom, character and charm, with talents and inspiring stories to share.

I’ve been humbled by their spirit to overcome illness, loss or isolation. Their inner strength, courage and ingenuity is exceptional.


To celebrate and document these experiences Learning for the Fourth Age are developing an ‘A-Z of Social Prescribing’ to be shared through a series of features in the Evington Echo. Our first instalment is from talented local artist Brenda Scott, aged 84.


I’ve always loved drawing. Ever since I was tiny, and probably even before I started school I was never happier than with a pencil or paintbrush in my hand.


Growing up in Cropston, and being surrounded by the countryside instilled my deep love of nature. Flowers, trees and plants are a major inspiration for my artwork. I love all flowers, their variety never ceases to amaze me, but my favourites are daffodils. Beautiful, simple shapes with brilliant colour, a sign of spring and for me a symbol of hope.

I’ve painted and drawn them many times over the years, creating greetings cards and gift wrap as well as selling my original watercolour paintings.


Being diagnosed with glaucoma 45 years ago, never stopped me from pursuing my passion for art. In fact, it made me more determined. Art has been a friend and loyal companion helping me through some difficult times. Without it I’d feel lost.

For the last year I’ve been a member of The Leicester Society of Botanical Illustrators and this has bought me along in leaps and bounds. I feel more confident, love learning and working in the company of others and I’m ‘seeing’ the world around me in new ways, everyday.

I’m quite a shy person so with support from the Social Prescribing project I’ve now got the chance to promote my artwork within our local Evington community. I’m really looking forward to exhibiting my paintings and prints plus sell my handmade cards at the Evington in Bloom May Day event at the Village Hall on May 1st. Hope to see you there.

Written by Anita Barrand, Social Prescribing Coordinator, Learning for the Fourth Age

For more information about the L4A’s Social Prescribing Project please contact Anita Barrand on 07964 091693 or by email Anita.Barrand@l4a.org.uk


This project is part of Leicester Ageing Together and is funded by The Big Lottery Fund

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