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What is Social Prescribing?

Many things affect your health and wellbeing. GPs tell us that a lot of people visit them feeling isolated or lonely. Or they might be stressed out by work, money and housing problems. Sometimes it’s the stress of managing different long-term conditions.

That’s where social prescribing comes in. It starts with a conversation. It might be the conversation you’ve just had with your doctor. Or with another person in the practice team. They will refer you to a social prescribing link worker.

The link worker is there to listen to you, and put you in touch with the people and activities that might help you to feel better.

Your link worker might introduce you to a community group, a new activity or a local club. Or they might help you fid legal advice or debt counselling. They might just help you fid information and guidance: a bit of inside knowledge on your situation or what local resources there are. They could even support you to create something new such as a gardening club, a fihing group, a ‘men’s shed’ or knit and knatter group.

Social prescribing can help you to have more control over your own health and fid ways to improve how you feel in a way that suits you

How can Social Prescribing help you?

  • Improve how you feel in a way that suits you
  • Have more control over your own health and well-being
  • Connect you to a local group or activity
  • Provide you with information or guidance about local resources and service

Studies show that people get better and feel better faster than those treated with medicine alone. And because it works, it’s happening more and more – including here in this area.

For more information about social prescribing visit www.england.nhs.uk/personalisedcare/social-prescribing/