Social Prescribing is a free service through your GP that connects you with local services and activities in the community to support and improve your overall wellbeing.
Your GP may recognise that you would benefit from some additional support to improve your health and wellbeing, and suggest a referral.
What are the benefits of Social Prescribing?
- Reduced isolation and loneliness
- Increased mobility
- Depleted levels of anxiety
- Managed depression
- Learn new skills
- Increased fitness
How can Social Prescribing help me?
Social Prescribing can help link you up to social or physical activities in your community and could help if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Feeling lonely or isolated
- Looking for more social contact
- Feeling stressed or depressed
- Anxiety or lack of confidence
- Looking to improve physical health
- Long term conditions
- Needing practical support and information
What happens once a referral is made?
Once your GP has made the referral to the Social Prescribing Service, we can offer a 1:1 meeting – or a conversation over the phone if you prefer – where you can talk about your concerns and the factors that affect your health.
Your Link Worker will then support you over a 6-week period and help you to identify and organise assistance through council, community and voluntary organisations available locally.