Our Link Workers have been providing support throughout the coronavirus pandemic and are continuing to work with clients to find out what suits them best and will also ensure everyone's safety.
We find a non medical solution to worries and problems that are affecting your health.
Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to non-medical ‘link workers’ who give time and focus on "what matters to me". The service takes a holistic approach, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Link workers support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable and work collaboratively with all local partners.
Social prescribing can help to strengthen community resilience and personal resilience and reduces health inequalities. Our Link Workers help address the wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity. Increasing people’s active involvement, supporting people with long-term conditions (including support for mental health), and people who are lonely or isolated can have a positive effect on wellbeing.
During the coronavirus pandemic we have continued to provide support
In the middle of May 2020 our Link Worker Jonathan made a home visit to a social prescribing service client. This was the first home visit he had made since the Lockdown started. The PPE he wore was provided by Abbey Medical Practice, one of the surgeries he was working with in the Wellingborough & District Primary Care Network. The home visit was only possible after a few telephone welfare calls, building trust and rapport, to support the needs of a single parent family with housing issues. Covid-19 has provided challenges and difficulty for Social Prescribing Link Workers to manage and fulfil their caseloads effectively. However, this protected home visit provided hope and reassurance to the patient that they are not alone.