If you are experiencing concerns with loneliness, debt concerns or other practical issues, then did you know that you may benefit from speaking to a Link Worker about Social Prescribing instead of speaking to a GP?
Social prescribing is about focusing on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. Often, different factors in your life such as your interactions with those around you, your day-to-day activities, and physical activity levels can affect both your physical and mental health. Social prescribing considers how factors such as these can impact your wellbeing and works for a wide range of people, including people:
At One Ellesmere Port Primary Network, we are lucky to have 4 Social Prescribing Link Workers who work across our 6 GP Practices. We have three Social Prescribing Link Workers who work with adults over the age of 18 and one Social Prescribing Link worker who works with young people aged 5 – 18.
Our Social Prescribing Link Workers work with people in the local community to help them unpick non-medical issues that are affecting their health and wellbeing, such as:
As well as offering practical and emotional support, they can help signpost patients to specific services, such as:
They also help people become more involved with their local community, by connecting them to local groups so they can make friends, volunteer and learn new skills.
The role of our Social Prescribing Link Workers is to support you and signpost you to services that can help you with specific issues, but they have also developed “The Bubble”, which is an online space where you can refer yourself to some of these local services. Our Social Prescribing Link Workers also use this online space to run online wellbeing workshops and peer to peer talking groups, they are always developing new workshops, so check back to see what is on offer or follow the social media pages to keep an eye out for updates.
To see what services are available for self-referral locally, please click on “The Bubble” below.