Reading note: Because the following subject is health related we take very seriously the technical rigor. As such we choose to use definitions of public interest organizations.
“Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.
Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.” from www.kingsfund.org.uk.
How does it support the individual ?
“Social prescribing schemes can involve a variety of activities which are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations. Examples include volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports.” from www.kingsfund.org.uk.
And who can benefit from?
“Social prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs, and many schemes are focused on improving mental health and physical well-being. Those who could benefit from social prescribing schemes include people with mild or long-term mental health problems, vulnerable groups, people who are socially isolated, and those who frequently attend either primary or secondary health care.” from www.kingsfund.org.uk.
“I feel that you have really listened to me and have found things that can help me to get back on track” – By social prescribed individual
“Thank you for sorting this out for me, what took me four years took you a day. I feel like writing to the newspapers”. – By social prescribed individual
“Thank you for everything you are doing to help me, it was great meeting you yesterday. We went to the Chaos café for lunch today and it was really nice. We have signed up to the Positive People program and they are referring us to a coordinator who is contacting us next week so that we can make a start on making a plan towards the future, we will keep you updated.” – By social prescribed individual
For more information about how The CHAOS Group can help you on your Social Prescribing journey, contact Lorraine on 01872 277600 or email email@example.com – alternatively if you’re a member of Lander surgery or Three Spires surgery in Truro, ask your GP!