SPRING is for people living with a physical or mental long-term health condition who would like to make some changes in their life to improve their own wellbeing. You may not be sure what those changes are, or how to go about making the change. Our seven Link Workers can help you in Northamptonshire.
SPRING is a partnership of social sector organisations, commissioned by Northamptonshire Health & Care Partnership, to improve the wellbeing of people in Northamptonshire using Social Prescribing.
The four partners are Age UK Northamptonshire, Mayday Trust, Northamptonshire Carers and General Practice Alliance (GPA).
What do we do?
We provide support for six to 12 months, enabling people to take steps to improve their health and wellbeing.
- People aged 18 and over
- Have at least one long-term health condition
- Are willing to make the changes that will improve their health and wellbeing
You can contact our SPRING Social Prescribing Service on behalf of someone else, or for yourself. Our Link Workers aim to connect people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.
Call us on 01604 974995
Visit the Spring website
Social prescribing is suitable for a wide range of people, including:
- people with one or more long-term health conditions,
- people who need support with their mental health
- people who feel lonely or isolated
- people who have complex social needs which are affecting their overall health and wellbeing
Our Link Workers are fully trained and will arrange to talk to you about how you are feeling, and what you think might help you to improve your health and wellbeing. They will recommend, and help you to access, a range of social activities. They provide support and advice by establishing what matters to you. They will work with you to connect you with local services to meet your individual needs and help you to find new opportunities.
They can talk to you about:
- your lifestyle
- looking after yourself (everyday living tasks)
- managing your symptoms
- work, volunteering and other activities
- money, housing, family and friends
- your mental wellbeing
Someone else may be able to help
Our Link Workers are not specialists in long-term health conditions or medical practitioners. If the Link Worker feels that your condition is affecting your ability to work with us they will discuss this with you and have a talk about whether more specialist support would be more appropriate.
We encourage an open dialogue between you and the Link Worker so, likewise, if you feel your long-term health condition is affecting you, please have a chat with your Link Worker about this so that you can both agree a way forward. It may be that SPRING is not for you just now, but may be so in the future when you have had some specialist support.
We are working alongside Bridges Outcome Partnership who are responsible for the funding and delivery support.
- Two Social Prescribing Link Workers cover the south of the county: Brackley, Towcester, Daventry and surrounding villages.
- Three social Prescribing Link Workers cover the north of the county: Kettering, Corby and surrounding areas.
Our SPRING team based in the north of the county