What is social prescribing?
Social prescribing supports people’s needs in a holistic way, by recognising that people’s health and wellbeing are determined by a range of social, economic and environmental factors. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.
Social prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs, and many schemes are focused on improving mental health and physical wellbeing. Those who could benefit from social prescribing schemes include people with mild or long-term mental health problems, people with complex needs, people who are socially isolated and those with multiple long-term conditions who frequently attend either primary or secondary health care.
Schemes delivering social prescribing can involve a range of activities that are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations. Examples include volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports.
Social Prescribing opportunities are available within Carlisle:
•Rachel Murdie, Social Prescribing Lead, Carlisle Healthcare
I work with people 18 years and over who are registered with the surgery, supporting them to find ways of improving their own health and wellbeing by linking into local community groups and supports. I also work with local community groups to promote their services and develop new services to meet people’s needs.
Please contact the surgery if you would like further information 01228 588121
•Lindsey Kerr, Social Wellbeing Co-ordinator for Carlisle Network PCN
Carlisle Network offer Social Prescribing to all adults within the PCN (Primary Care Network). We cover Fusehill Medical Practice, Spencer Street Surgery, Warwick Road Surgery, Eden Medical Group & Warwick Square (Grosvenor House Surgery). The Social Wellbeing Team work with a holistic outlook and can support patients who are struggling with isolation, loneliness and actively encourage linking with the local community for better physical and mental wellbeing. To find out more, please ask your GP surgery or contact Lindsey Kerr, Social Wellbeing Co-ordinator for Carlisle Network PCN on 07923 139 480. Or email [email protected]
The hiking household http://www.thehikinghousehold.com - an all ability resource to help aid families get outside more. The website provides a great resource for families to access local outside areas - particularly walks. Information on a free walking group within Carlisle for families of all abilities, Tikes Hikes can also be found on the website.
Family action Working with families within Carlisle to strengthen families and communities, build skills and resilience and improve the life chances of children and adults.
Health and wellbeing coaches The Health and Wellbeing Coaches work with anyone over the age of 16, who want to make positive changes to their life and to improve overall health and wellbeing.
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