Social Prescribing

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Social Prescribing connects people to community groups, activities and local services for practical and emotional support, information, and advice.

Social Prescribers give people time to focus on what matters to them and support you by looking at non-medical factors that are having an impact on your health and wellbeing, such as loneliness, isolation, financial concerns, housing issues, exercise/weight loss and life events (such as bereavement). They will listen to you and your circumstances and work together to find activities, organisations and opportunities that allow you to take control and improve your situation. These can include:

  • Social activities or groups
  • Learning a new skill or finding a new hobby
  • Help to cope with long-term conditions by getting involved with community activities
  • Finding advice and support with practical problems such as housing, benefits, or finances
  • Exploring volunteering or employment options
  • Being linked up to befriending schemes or support groups
  • Trying out activities that help improve physical and mental wellbeing, such as Community Gardens

The Social Prescribing service is available at all five of the network practices and is available to any registered patient aged 18 or over. You can be referred by your GP, nurse, a member of admin staff or you can refer yourself by contacting your practice reception. It can work for a wide range of people, including those:

  • With one or more long-term health condition(s)
  • Who need support with their mental health
  • Who are lonely or isolated
  • Who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing

Your Social Prescriber will initially get in contact with you by telephone to arrange an appointment and will work with you at your own pace, usually up to 6 sessions.