Social Prescribing

We would like to inform our patients that we have a social prescribing Link Worker allocated to the Practice who is available to offer information, help and support.  Social prescribing is a way of helping people to get the right support usually from within the community and/or the voluntary sector.

The Link Worker will listen to you, can tell you about what is available and provide you with help to start getting the support you would like.  This could be going with you if you want to join a support group, attend social activities and she can refer you to a wide range of organisations who can offer specific support – for example help to claim benefits/benefits checks. Your Link Worker is very knowledgeable about what is available close to you in your community. 

social prescribing

Examples of issues people often need help with are below:

  • Depression, low mood and or anxiety
  • Help with lonliness – help to meet people or to look for befriending
  • Local social groups – lunch clubs/friendship groups/special interest groups
  • Support groups such as Parkinsons/MS/COPD
  • Debt and benefits
  • Practical support – cleaning/shopping, help with heating or utility issues

If you would like to know more, please ask your GP or any of the practice staff.