Age UK Barnet is playing a key role in Barnet's new social prescribing model which aims to reduce social isolation and support people taking control of their health by signposting and connecting people to local community activities and services.
What is Social Prescribing?
Many things in life can make us feel unwell or affect our overall health and wellbeing negatively, and a medical prescription is not always the answer. Social prescribing can help you to take control of your own health and wellbeing by providing you time to think about what matters most to you.
A social link worker will take time speaking with you about your health and wellbeing and sign post you to local services that can support your needs to improve your health and happiness. Social Prescribing is about developing stronger partnerships, between you, your community and the supporting services.
What sort of services could the Social Prescribing service link me with?
- Housing, care, benefits and financial support and advice.
- Healthy lifestyle and physical activities.
- Befriending and support groups.
- Training, employment and volunteering.
- Social and creative activities
- Mental health services and many more.
How to make a referral?
Currently, you can be referred into this service through your GP or a member of the GP surgery reception team. However, the service is developing a diverse range of options for patients and professionals to make referrals.
Your link worker will then contact you via telephone or face to face to discuss what is important to you and your wellbeing.
From this initial consultation your social prescriber can help you develop a personalised plan to help you manage your health and wellbeing.
Together, you can decide what local services within the community will meet your needs and will benefit your health and wellbeing.
Click here to read an interview with one of our social prescribing link workers, Jenny.
Any questions? Just email us on firstname.lastname@example.org