Social Prescribing

What is social prescribing?

A service that helps people find out about opportunities in their local community that could help them to improve their health and wellbeing.

People who could benefit include people who feel low or anxious, who have been bereaved, who feel lonely, who live with long term conditions, who want to improve their physical health, who are struggling with their living arrangements, who are struggling with finances and people who are looking for employment. The service can also be for support with:

  • Carer support
  • Weight Management
  • Falls prevention
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Substance Misuse

(See the request for referral form below for the list)

The service is free to use, though some of the opportunities or support you are signposted to may carry a charge.

Who can use this service

Anyone 18 years or over may be referred to Social Prescribing.

How do I access the service?

Professionals such as GPs, nurses, care coordinators, social care workers and local district/borough council staff can refer you to your local social prescribing service.

Should you wish to be considered for referral to Social Prescribing please complete the Social Prescribing Referral Request form which will be forwarded to our care Coordinator.

At Wonersh Surgery our Care Coordinator assesses the suitability for a referral and completes the referral to the Social Prescribing service once consent is obtained to do so. A local social prescriber will then make contact and seek to address your needs in a holistic way.