Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing

What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing connects people with activities, groups, and services in their local area to help with their practical, social, and emotional needs. It helps their health and overall welfare.

How does Social Prescribing work?

Social prescribing involves local agencies (charities, social care, and health services) referring individuals to a social prescribing link worker. These link workers dedicate time to understand the person’s needs and preferences, aiming to create a personalized care and support plan that empowers individuals to take charge of their health and well-being.

Social prescribing link workers help in making existing community groups more accessible. They also help start up new groups if needed.

Who is Social Prescribing for?

Social prescribing is for all. It works especially well for people who:

  • Have one or more long term conditions
  • Need support with low level mental health issues
  • Are lonely or isolated
  • Have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

More information

An introduction to Social Prescribing
Listen to a Social Prescribing Link Worker talk about her role.