Social Prescribing

What is Social Prescribing?

At times we feel ‘unwell’, ‘out of sorts’ or ‘below par’ and a medical prescription is not the answer. What we are lacking is company, interests, or a change of scene to make us feel connected and motivated. Or perhaps we need counselling or more exercise to keep our bodies strong and our minds stimulated.

Our health and wellbeing starts with taking care of ourselves as best as we can.

Ask yourself:

  • What do you need to help you feel more included?
  • What could you do to feel happier in yourself?
  • Do you want to make new friends?
  • Are you aware of what is going on in your local area?
  • Where are the exercise classes or social groups you could join?

That’s where social prescribing comes in!

Our free Social Prescribing service can provide you with a Social Prescribing Link Worker (SPLW) who will help you identify one or more activities to improve your wellbeing and support you in starting it.

How does it work?

One of our SPLW will meet with you to chat about your lifestyle and help you to identify activities  or support that will benefit you.

The SPLW can help connect you to local services and activities to improve your physical and mental wellbeing:

  • Counselling
  • Arts and crafts
  • Advice and guidance
  • Addition support
  • Physical activity
  • Culture
  • Eating Well
  • Meeting People




The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS)

The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) is a community benefit society and cooperative, working to develop healthy, happy communities living active and connected lives.

By working collaboratively with Our Health Partnership on our social prescribing programme, they bring about sustainable change on a social, environmental and economic level to our patients; to do the social knitting required to create stronger and more resilient communities and to support communities to identify, mitigate and remove the barriers that prevent them from living active and connected lives.

Once referred to them either by the surgeries or as a self-referral TAWS Social Prescribers will empower our patients to gain the capacity, resources and skills by working one to one or in a group carrying out indoor or outdoor activities, or by talking and befriending via phone calls.

If you are interested in this type of support, then please either ask when you are next in surgery or complete the attached Form to self-refer.

You are eligible if you are:

  • Over the age of 16
  • Need some support, guidance and encouragement to    improve your mental or physical health and wellbeing –
  • A patient at an Our Health Partnership GP Practice



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