Social Prescribing Team

What is the Social Prescribing Team?

This is an extremely important community project funded by the East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group. The Social Prescribing Team aims to reduce pressures on doctors’ surgeries and hospitals by creating reductions in referrals to GP’s for those suffering from anxiety, depression, low confidence, low self-esteem and other social, emotional and practical needs. 

We match vulnerable and socially isolated people, who have been identified by GP’s and other health and social care professionals, with a Community Connector or Link Worker to improve confidence, inclusion and independence.

GP surgeries, medical institutions and health and wellbeing initiatives can put the Social Prescribing poster up in their reception areas and common areas where patients who may benefit from the project can see it. Please download the poster and display it.

To provide your patient or client with more information download the Social Prescribing leaflet.

 

What does a Community Connector do?

The Community Connector role helps patients with emotional, social and practical needs access a range of local, non-medical and non-clinical services, often provided by the community and voluntary sector. Services include, but are not limited to, local community support groups, bereavement support, financial support, exercise groups, social groups and one-to-one peer mentoring.

Community Connectors will assess your needs thoroughly and determine a plan of action to deliver a course of support that will help you feel better, improve your wellbeing and reduce your reliance on GP’s and NHS services. The same Community Connector will stay with you throughout the duration of your involvement with the project.

 

What does a Link Worker do?

The Link Worker role is very similar to that of the Community Connector, but these people are predominantly based in the GP surgeries of a local Primary Care Network. This enables them to work more closely with the GPs and their patients.

 

What will the project do for me?

  • Community Connectors will spend time with you each week
  • Offer support and access to activities, events and community services
  • Improve your wellbeing through non-medical sources of support
  • Keep you informed of what’s going on in your community
  • Get you involved and engaged in activities, events and services
  • Create a lasting positive impact on your wellbeing
  • Provide an alternative to visiting your GP
  • Reduce your reliance on health care, police and other professional services 

 

Download the Social Prescribing leaflet for more information.

Our excellent Social Prescribing Team has a wealth of knowledge and experience within your local community. This means we always know what is going on and when so we will be able to keep you informed and get you involved in local community activities, events and services.

Non-medical and non-clinical interventions combined with traditional medical routes have been shown to be massively important in creating a lasting positive impact on an individual’s wellbeing.How do I get help from the Community Connector Project?

We accept referrals from GP’s, health practitioners and social workers. We also accept self-referrals from individuals or their family. Download a Social Prescribing referral form.

You can discuss Social Prescribing with one of our trusted, dedicated team on 01282 433740 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will be more than happy to help.

 

 

 

Calling all caring people… we need YOUR help!

Have a caring and compassionate personality? 

Enjoy meeting new people and socialising?

Wanting to be an important part of your community?

Like to help the socially isolated and vulnerable?

Want to be significant in helping GP surgeries deal with the appointment crisis?

Can you spare a little of your time each week?

 

Download the Social Prescribing Volunteer leaflet for more information about volunteering for this service.

 

If you have answered with an emphatic “Yes” to the questions above then why not get involved in this fantastic community project. BPRCVS is always on the lookout for volunteers that can assist us with delivering Social Prescribing in your local area. Your background and experience is not important to us. We accept volunteers from all walks of life.

Download a Social Prescribing Volunteer application form.

For more information on the voluntary opportunities available for this project please download the voluntary role description.

Please display this poster to help us recruit volunteers for the project. Download the poster here.

 

Current Voluntary Opportunities

Visit the Volunteer Centre pages to for more details and the current voluntary opportunities we have available for this project.

To discuss the available voluntary opportunities further please call the Social Prescribing Team on 01282 433740.