What is Social Prescribing? 

We know that taking care of your health and wellbeing involves more than just medicine. With Social Prescribing you can get specialist support for more than medical issues. Your Social Prescribing Link Worker, who is linked with your GP practice, can spend time with you exploring what matters to you. We will assist and support you to plan your next steps and goals that you want to address and achieve. 
Link workers can engage with you in the way that you feel most comfortable. They could chat with you, meet you at a community venue or sometimes visit at home. We have the time to get to know you and use our local knowledge to enable you to link with others that can help. 
Together we can explore: 
Your perspective of a situation 
Identify your goals based upon what is important to you 
How we can move closer to what you would like to achieve by considering what has worked for you in the past, who you know and who we know that can help. Our links include support services provided by the NHS, the local council, Leicestershire County Council, local voluntary and community groups and so many more. 

How Link Workers have supported others: 

By giving time to people to express and explore their feelings to really find out what their concerns are. 
Help with knowing who to talk to about housing, benefits and financial problems. 
Advice on who can help with employment, training and education. 
Help with exercise, sports, gym, fitness classes or simply knowing where your local walking groups are. 
Finding outdoor activities, creative spaces, arts or music groups. 
We can also support those who are looking to volunteer locally or would like to start a new group in their community.. 
People have said that it has made a difference because: 
They feel less isolated, 
They feel that they have more choices, 
They feel listened to and understood. 
Our Social Prescribers help you to look after your health and wellbeing your way. We all need help sometimes; your link worker can help you to create your own social prescription using their knowledge of local support networks. 
If you would like to know more please watch the video below. If you think that a link worker is the right person to help you then please ask any member of staff at your GP Practice. 
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