An example of social prescribing in practice
Denise*, a patient at the GP surgery, was referred to our Social Link Worker as her life was being limited by the pain she experienced and she was feeling socially isolated. Our link Worker Chris spent time getting to know Denise, to find out what she would like to achieve and what support she might need to achieve it.
Chris works in partnership with Rockingham Forest Trust to organise regular walks at Stanwick Lakes for people who are struggling with social isolation and mental health challenges. Chris encouraged Denise to take part in an activity which would be good for her wellbeing and Denise now joins others at Stanwick Lakes for a walk and coffee every week. Denise benefits from the social interaction. When she isn't able to take part in the walk she still comes along to the session when she can, using the time for some mindful meditation in the peaceful gardens.
Denise has also attended an art class that Chris encouraged her to join. Chris also arranged for Denise to have some help with household chores, which enables her to focus her time and energy on socialising more. Denise is pleased to have achieved her goal of getting out more and expanding her social circle. Denise now hopes to try some volunteering opportunities at Rockingham Forest Trust.
*Not her real name
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