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What is social prescribing? 

It is a way in which we can help you 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.

What activities could I do?  

• Cream teas to pub lunches
• Exercise classes to walk & talks
• Cinema clubs to social afternoons
• Bereavement support and befriending
• Help with transport or opportunities to volunteer

The Community Information Network works 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 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. It could help you to: 

• Be more active
• Meet new people and make new friends 
• Have something to look forward to
• Help other people
• Re-connect
• Notice the world around you 
 Learn something new or take up a new hobby
 
How can I use this service? 
 
Our team works with the 12 GP practices that make up the South East locality including The Bell Surgery, Henley The Chiltern Surgery, Watlington The Brook Surgery, Chalgrove Goring Medical Practice Woodcote Medical Practice The Hart Surgery, Henley Mill Stream Surgery, Benson Morland House Surgery, Wheatley Nettlebed Surgery The Rycote Practice, Thame Sonning Common Health Centre Wallingford Medical Practice. If you think that you, or someone you are close to, would benefit from our help or support please speak to your GP or Practice Nurse about being referred to us. You can also contact us yourself direct by phoning 01235 849 445 or by emailing socialprescribing@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk
 

 What happens next? 

Once you have contacted us (or been referred to us) one of our team of networkers will talk to you to find out more about what you would like help with. They will arrange an appointment at a time and place convenient to you - this could be at the GP surgery or in your own home. A networker will support you to find solutions and options that will help make a difference for you.