Wellbeing Prescribing is a service where partners refer residents to a link worker to co-produce a non-clinical prescription. The prescription links residents to activities and support in the community that may benefit and it is particularly effective in helping individuals to manage long-term conditions, mental health problems and social isolation. The voluntary and community sector (VCS) plays a crucial role in the service by delivering the activities and groups that make up the prescription. Referrals to the service are currently made through GP practices, Adult Social Care and Neighbourhood Services.
Thriving Communities Project
Slough Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) will be delivering a project designed to help people of Slough to recover from COVID-19 through the power of social prescribing. They are celebrating after an award from the Thriving Communities Fund to support its work. The project will increase social connectedness and help Slough communities cope with the impact of COVID-19, as part of a national initiative to embed social prescribing in communities and healthcare.
Slough CVS will organise initiatives to help connect clients with low to moderate levels of depression, anxiety, stress, isolation, and loneliness, to focus their energy on a positive activity. Activities will include Arts & Crafts, Connect Programmes: Exploring identity and self-expression in a creative way and Cultural & Social Community activities. This will help overcome barriers to mental wellbeing, by enabling clients to focus their energy on creative and positive activities.
Slough CVS will also provide support, enabling clients to build their confidence to access more face-to-face activities, provide opportunities to meet others and move them from the fear of ‘isolation’ to ‘integration’, feeling less lonely and being a part of the community. Social prescribers based at GP practices across Slough will be able to refer patients to activities and residents can also self-refer by e-mailing email@example.com
Slough Carers Support is part of the Wellbeing Prescribing Service at Slough CVS.