What is Social Prescribing?
Your doctor isn’t the only person who can help you feel better! Social Prescribing helps you to explore extra services that may support you to improve your health, wellbeing and independence.
Many things affect a person’s health and wellbeing. You may be feeling stressed by work, have money worries, or housing problems. You may be feeling lonely or isolated or be finding it difficult to manage a long-term condition like diabetes or arthritis.
That’s where Social Prescribing comes in. Your Practice has a dedicated Social Prescribing Link Worker who is there to listen and help you access people and activities that can support you and help you to feel better.
Together you will be able to:
- Explore what is important for your life and wellbeing
- Identify the local activities and services you can benefit from
- Give you support and encouragement to start using services that can help you.
- Improve your health and wellbeing by addressing what matters to you and giving you control over your health.
Social Prescribing can connect you with and help you access many services in your local community including:
- Healthy lifestyles and active living
- Arts, music, outdoor and creative activities
- Befriending, counselling and other support groups
- Housing, welfare benefits, and financial support and advice
- Access to employment, training, and volunteering
- Education and learning
- Helping you meet like-minded people and getting involved in local groups and activities around what’s interesting to you
If you would like to access the service please speak to your reception staff or GP to be put in contact with your Social prescriber
Your Practice’s Social Prescribing Link Worker is: Angela Hunt - Go West PCN