Social Prescribing for Groups and Professionals
Lincolnshire CVS offer Social Prescribing in East, South and South West Clinical Commissioning Group areas, covering Boston, East Lindsey, South Kesteven and South Holland.
A referral to social prescribing can be made by calling the Social Prescribing Coordinator on 01205 314479.
A referral form is available from the coordinator but cannot be securely emailed once completed.
Many of the people supported by social prescribing have become isolated from their community and are experiencing loneliness.
When this is the case the social prescribing Link Worker will look for local organisations or activities that would support the person to achieve their goals whilst also re-engaging with community.
An example might be a person who has stopped going out because they are nervous following a fall.
If their goal is to get out and about without fear of falling, and their interest is in model railways the team member will help them to find a local activity with this focus.
They may also suggest an appropriate exercise class where the person can build core strength to improve balance and gain confidence.
If the person is anxious about beginning new activities one of the social prescribing team will accompany them until they have made some friends and feel more confident.
Once a referral is received the coordinator will contact the individual within three working days to advise of when a Link Worker will make contact to arrange an initial meeting.
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.
Link Workers will 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.
Link Workers will support an individual to understand their progress and celebrate the changes they have been able to make in moving towards their goals. The outcomes will be shared with the referrer once the case has been closed.
Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service Social Prescribing
Who benefits from social prescribing…
- Have a desire for change.
- Are motivated to make change, albeit with support.
- Are socially isolated or lonely.
- Are mild – moderately frail (physical/mental health).
MAKE EVERY CONTACT COUNT+
An important part of Social Prescribing is having the right conversations with people to find out what help they need. Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service can provide MECC+ training to professionals and groups – empowering you to have those important conversations.
Latest Social Prescribing News
NHS England has produced an 18-minute podcast exploring the value of joined-up working between the health system and voluntary sector on social prescribing in Lincolnshire. The focus is on the Gainsborough pilot area. LCVS and VCS are working together with health...
Community groups and businesses are being invited to get involved in a conversation about how everyone can work together to help those who need support. Integrated Neighbourhood Working in Stamford is already having a massive impact by empowering people to overcome...
The social prescribing team are now all in place across South, South West and East Lincolnshire. We have one goal, to connect people with activities in their own community so that their sense of belonging and wellbeing is increased. Our values are simple, our service...
Could you help someone who is feeling lonely by helping them to try new things and make new friends? A new scheme is being piloted in Stamford to train volunteers to mentor those who are struggling with isolation by accompanying them to social activities so they don’t...
Social Prescribing Link Worker.
What people are saying…
“Since you’ve been visiting mum I never know where she is, she’s always out. She never used to go out at all” a participants son talking to a Link Worker.
Get involved in social prescribing
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.
Contact us to express an interest or find out more.
Get in touch
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.