Did you know?
Social Prescribers can connect you with community activities to improve your health and wellbeing.
What is Social Prescribing?
We know that taking care of your health involves more than just medicine. With Social Prescribing you can get specialist support for more than medical issues.
A Social Prescriber will help you have more control over your health and will focus on what matters to you. Our Social Prescribers can support you in accessing services that work for you and act as an advocate for you.
Social Prescribing can help with things that can’t be fixed by medicine alone.
How can Social Prescribing help you?
- Social Groups
- Peer Support
- Health & Fitness
- Creative Groups
- Money Worries
- Loneliness & Isolation
- Housing Issues
Who is Social Prescribing for?
Social Prescribing is available for any patient over the age of 18 who is looking for support in taking control of their health and wellbeing.
How does it work?
A member of your GP practice team may suggest a referral to the Social Prescribing service.
One of our Social Prescribers will then contact you to discuss your interests and what matters to you.
They may invite you to come and see them or arrange to meet you elsewhere, this could be at your home or somewhere else in the community, it’s up to you!
They will then work with you to identify local services and support that works for you.
Our Social Prescribers can link you with many services in our community. These may include:
- Healthy lifestyles and active living, including stopping smoking
- Arts, music, outdoor and/or creative classes
- Check in & chat, counselling and/or support groups
- Housing, benefits and financial support and advice
- Employment, training and volunteering
- Education and learning
- Getting involved in local groups and activities
- Accessing specialist services and support that can help.
What are the benefits of Social Prescribing?
- Improve your mental and physical health.
- Meet new people.
- Learn a new skill or participate in a new activity.
- Increase self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Better quality of life.
- Get involved in your community.
Does it cost anything?
No, our service is free. Some external agencies may require a fee, however our Social Prescribers will work to find alternatives, if required.
How do I access the service?
It’s simple, you can talk to your GP or any member of staff at your surgery and ask them to refer you.
This information is also available as a leaflet, which you can download below:
Social Prescribing Derby Leaflet (884.94 KB)
Social Prescribing Coffee Mornings
The Social Prescribing Team also has seven Social Prescribing Coffee Mornings running at:
- The Pakistan Community Centre
- Streatham Road Community Centre (Mackworth)
- Mrs C's Tea Cosy (Littleover)
- Willington Village Hall
- Chester Green Community Room
- Bramblebrook Community Centre (Stockbrook)
- Sinfin Moor Allotments
For more information about the coffee mornings please visit our Events page.