Social prescribing is all about empowering people to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing and improve their quality of life, while respecting the choices they make.
Some people need more support than others to achieve these aims. Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service offers three levels of support, depending on need – bronze, silver or gold
I know what I need help with
I would like some advice on where to access activities in my local area.
I need some guidance to know what might help and where I can find it
I would like some help to think about what my goals are and some advice on how to access activities in my local area.
I need practical support to get me started
I would like some help to think about my goals and someone to support me whilst I begin to move towards them.
Who can help me?
The answer is everyone.
Find out more about how you can help others in your community to get involved in taking responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.
Who can help me?
Care co-ordinators, community pyschiatric nurses, social prescribing link workers, wellbeing officers, district nurses, social workers, key workers, case managers.
Who can help me?
Social Prescribing link workers, peer support workers, link workers.
How Social Prescribing works
The social prescribing team can be contacted directly on 01205 314479 or through the GP, nurse, social worker, or job coach.
Once details have been received a Social Prescribing Link Worker will make contact and arrange to meet up.
The Link Worker will support an individual to think about what’s working well for them and what changes they would like to make.
They will help to shape some goals and plan how to move toward achieving them.
Link workers will…
…help in finding organisations and activities in the local community, and will support individuals to attend them until they feel settled.
…continue to work with someone until their goals have been achieved, this usually takes around 12 weeks but sometimes it takes a little less or more time.
…support an individual to understand their progress and celebrate the changes they have been able to make in moving towards their goals.
Finding a group or activity…
Once a person’s goals have been identified the team member will look for local groups and activities that would support the person to achieve them.
When a group or activity is identified the team member will contact the group to check what they offer and whether they are looking for new members.
The team member will ask questions about the group, how it’s run and whether they would have any concerns about new members who are being supported by the social prescribing team.
Are you a group leader?
A link with the social prescribing team is a great way to attract new members who might be a great asset to the group but may not have confidence to join independently.
A guide for groups and organisations is available from the Social Prescribing Coordinator on 01205 314479.
Support for groups and organisations is also available from Lincolnshire CVS, see our group support section.
Get involved in social prescribing…
There are two very important ways you can get involved with social prescribing.
The answer is in the street
Social Prescribing Link Workers often find that when someone feels they have someone who will listen to them it makes a tremendous difference. If that person can make helpful suggestions or pop in regularly all the better. Have a think about the following questions:
- Is there someone on your street who may be isolated or lonely?
- Is there someone on your street who would appreciate some support, perhaps with a little garden tidy, a friendly wave or an invitation to share a meal?
- Is there someone on your street that you used to see often but you haven’t seen much of lately?
If someone has sprung to mind have a think about how you could make a difference to that person. It doesn’t have to snow for neighbourliness to be OK! If the conversation brings up issues that are difficult then give us a call.
Volunteering with Lincolnshire CVS
The social prescribing team are developing volunteer roles, recruitment will begin soon.
Volunteer mentors will be trained to accompany social prescribing participants to new activities.
Volunteer researchers will be out and about in the community looking for new group and activities that may benefit social prescribing participants.
Get in touch
If you still have unanswered questions about social prescribing, please use the form below to get in touch, or call the team in your area.