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What is social prescribing? 

Social prescribing is a service provided by your local GP surgery and is a way in which you can be helped to link with a range of local, non-medical activities, opportunities and support that can improve your health and help you to ‘live life to the full’.

These activities, opportunities and support are typically provided by locally based, voluntary and community sector organisations.

Whether you need help at home, want to discover more about local activities or find out about benefits and support services that exist they can help you. The aim of the social prescriber is to support you to live as independently as possible. 

What services or activities might be able to access?

  • Getting involved in local groups and activities and social afternoons
  • Befriending, counselling and other support Groups
  • Dealing with bereavement, retirement or new baby
  • Housing, benefits and financial support and advice
  • Help with transport or volunteering

We will work hard to find the activity or support that works for you. 

How could this improve my health?  

We know that being active, engaging with others, learning something new and getting involved in the world around you can improve your mental health and wellbeing. 

What do social prescribers do? 

A social prescriber is someone:

  • You can talk to confidentially* 
  • Who is practical, helpful and will not judge you
  • Who can help you decide
  • Who can find you activities 
  • Who you can support along the way 

Each surgery will have a social prescriber as part of their tean. They may call them a Social Prescriber, Community Link Worker or a Community Connector - whatever your surgery calls them, they all do the same thing. Speak to your surgery directly and ask to be put in contact with them. 

Social prescribers are part of Age UK Oxfordshire's Community Information Network - a service within your community and can help to connect you to all the different services, activities, opportunities and support that exists locally. Whether you need help at home, want to discover more about local activities or find out about benefits and support services that exist we can help you. Our aim is to work with you to support you to live as independently as possible. 

How can I use this service? 
Age UK Oxfordshire's Community Information Network is providing the social prescribing service for the following surgeries:
  • Banbury Primary Care Network: Windrush Surgery, West Bar Surgery, Horsefair Surgery, Hightown Surgery, Woodlands Surgery and Banbury Health Centre. 
  • Didcot Primary Care Network: Didcot Health Cerntre, Woodlands Medical Centre and Oak Tree Health Centre.
  • Rural West Primary Care Network (from 2nd March 2020): Bampton Surgery, Burford Surgery, Charlbury Surgery and Broadshire Health Centre.
  • Wantage Primary Care Network: Church Street Practice and Newbury Street Practice.  
  • Thame Primary Care Network: Watlington & Charlgrove Surgeries, Morland House Surgery and The Rycote Practice. 
  • Nora Primary Care Network: Chipping Norton Health Centre, Wychwood Surgery, Deddington Health Centre, Bloxham Surgery and Cropredy Surgery. 
If you think that you, or someone you are close to, would benefit from our help or support, please speak to your GP or a member of the surgery staff team about being referred to us. You can also contact us yourself by phoning 01235 849 434 and ask for the social prescribing service. 

What happens next? 

One of our team will contact you to to arrange a visit at a time and place convenient to you. This could be at the GP surgery or in your own home. Your social prescriber will support you to identify what you would like help with to make a difference for you. 

*If you tell us something that raises a concern for yours or others wellbeing, we will follow our organisational safeguarding policy.