Wolverhampton CCG in Collaboration with Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council have launched a Social Prescribing service:
Social Prescribing is a non-medical approach to improving your health and wellbeing by putting you in touch with voluntary and community organisations in the City.
There is a wide range of organisations offering a variety of services and activities such as:
- Community gardening
- Cooking clubs
- Debt advice
- Walking groups
- Gym classes
- Friendship groups
- Arts and crafts
- Training and volunteering opportunities
Social prescribing is not designed to replace medical support but getting involved with groups and activities for things that you are interested in can lead to better mental and physical health. It aims to:
- help improve the quality of life of patients through education and low level support
- enable patients to develop friendships and networks
- raise patients’ awareness of available services.
Your GP, Social Worker or community nursing teams are amongst the people who can refer you to the Social Prescribing service. If you are referred you will be contacted by a Link Worker who will meet with you at a place you feel comfortable and will explain the service in more detail to you and talk about your needs.
Together with the Link Worker you can agree a way forward to access the support or information you need.
What people who have already accessed the service say...
“Social Prescribing helped me to meet new people and I now go to a regular friendship group”
“My Link Worker helped me to get support from a local organisation for my money worries”
“The Social Prescribing team helped me find information about transport and aids for my home”
“I chatted to my Link Worker about volunteering and they knew the right people for me to contact”
If you wish to be referred to the Social Prescribing service please ask you GP or health and social care professionals to put you in touch.