Lincolnshire's largest provider of Social Prescribing
56 GP Practices
*between 1st April 2022 and 31st March 2023
What is Social Prescribing?
Social prescribing, also sometimes known as community referral, is linking people to their community to help support their health and wellbeing. It is a means of reducing isolation, raising confidence and self-esteem and equipping people to better self-care. It is a non-medical solution to non-medical problems. Social Prescribing Link Workers offer one-to-one support and advice to individuals, helping them to connect with their community, reduce social isolation and improve their health and well-being.
Who is Social Prescribing for?
People who need support with mental health
People who are veterans
People who are lonely or isolated
People willing to engage in self-care/help management
People with complex social needs which affect their well-being
People who frequently attend primary or secondary health care
People who need support with physical health needs
People with long term health conditions
Please contact us for more information if you feel the service is for you and feel you don’t fit the above criteria. This service is currently only for people over 18. It is not an emergency or urgent care service.
What is a Social Prescribing Link Worker?
A link worker will support the participant to think about what is really important to them and to set some achievable goals. Then together they will identify local groups and activities that will help the participant achieve their goals. The link worker will ensure that the participant can access the groups and activities, if necessary they will attend with them whilst they gain confidence and build friendships.
What to expect?
Once you submit a referral you will receive a welcome letter which will introduce the service and provide more information about the next steps.
A Link Worker will contact you by phone to assess need, they may text first so you know who is ringing you. They will talk you through what Social Prescribing is so you can decide if this is right for you. You will receive more information on local organisations and discuss how social prescribing could provide further support for you.
Link Workers support you to think about what is working well and what changes you would like to make. They will help you write a person-centred plan about “what matters to you” discuss goals and plan how to move toward achieving them. We will help finding organisations and activities in the local community and support you to attend them if needed.