What is Social Prescribing?
Many things in life can affect your health and wellbeing. GP's tell us that many people visit them feeling isolated, lonely or worried about work, housing and money. These are things that cannot be fixed by doctors or medicine alone.
Social Prescribing offers the kind of help that doesn’t come in a tube or bottle. The idea is to connect you to local community services and support networks to help you have more control over your health and wellbeing.
Taking the first step
There are lots of different ways that social prescribing can help.
It often starts with a conversation. That’s where Pluss comes in. We are here to listen to you and put you in touch with whatever you might need in order to feel good.
We can help you to:
- Find and use services and groups within your local community
- Develop goals to improve your health and wellbeing
- Connect with others in your chosen communities
There are hundreds of groups and activities within your communities that can help you on your journey to better health and wellbeing.
How does it work?
Our Health and Wellbeing Coaches will work with you to identify your needs, set goals and signpost you to support within the community, such as:
- Finance, housing or benefits assistance
- Art and creative activities
- Exercise and dance classes
- Outdoor activities – walks, fishing and gardening clubs
- Learning, training, employment or volunteering
- Counselling or therapy groups
Where are we?
Pluss’ Health and Wellbeing Coaches will work in the following GP practices:
- Trescobeas Surgery, Falmouth. Visit www.trescobeas-surgery.co.uk
- The Falmouth Health Centre Practice. Visit www.faldoc.co.uk
- Westover Surgery Falmouth. Visit www.westoversurgery.co.uk
- Penryn Surgery. Visit www.penryn.co.uk
- Callington Health Centre. Visit www.tamarvalleyhealth.org.uk
- Port View Surgery. Visit www.portviewsurgery.co.uk
- Saltash Health Centre. Visit www.saltashhealth.co.uk
- The Rame Group Practice - Penntorr Health. Visit www.theramegrouppractice.co.uk
If you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact Natalie Brown, health and wellbeing team leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about how social prescribing has had a positive impact on three people's lives. Each story is anonymous and all three are actual experiences working with a social prescriber in Cornwall.
Positive People is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.