Key functions of the Social Prescriber:
- Building rapport and trust with people
- Listening to 'what matters to them'
- Helping the person to develop a personalised support plan
- Knowing the services and support networks available in an area
- Conecting people to services/support (formal e.g. commisisoned services and informal e.g. groups/clubs/networks)
- Supporting local communities to set up new activities e.g walking group, gardening club at community centres, coffee morning etc.
- Who would be suitable to be referred to a social prescriber?
- People with one or more long term condition
- Those who need support with their mental health
- Those who are lonley or isolated
- People who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing
"I once felt so useless when I now know I’m a star, I’m strong and I’m resilient because I’ve come so far. My life is now worth living when it could have been so tragic, And that’s why social prescribing is a prescription of pure magic.”
Please remember that you can contact me at the surgery if you feel you need support to navigate any of the services available
Top tips for looking after your wellbeing
In the current world we are living, many of us are finding it is affecting our wellbeing. What can we do to help ourselves?
5 Steps to Wellbeing:
- Connect to other people
- Be physically active
- Learn new skills
- Give to others
- Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
Explore further - https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-yourself/five-ways-to-wellbeing/
Have you tried Mindfulness?
It aims to help you:
- become more self-aware
- feel calmer and less stressed
- feel more able to choose how to respond to your thoughts and feelings
- cope with difficult or unhelpful thoughts
- be kinder towards yourself
Mindful Breathing Exercise - https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=wfDTp2GogaQ
No one needs to feel alone
There are telephone 'check and chat services' where volunteers will give you a regular telephone call:
- Age UK (https://www.ageuk.org.uk/cambridgeshireandpeterborough/our-services/sharingtime/) - get a free weekly friendship call (for older people)
- Care Network (https://care-network.org.uk/) - offers a check and chat service for adults
- Silverline (https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/) - is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
- Re-engage (https://reengage.org.uk/) - a free service for older people who live alone and feel they could do with a friendly phone call every week or two. What’s great is that the same person calls every time so, gradually, you get to know one another. Whatever you chat about, it helps lifts your spirits. Makes you feel whole again and more connected to the world.
Or you could volunteer for the any of the above organisations to support others whilst benefitting yourself.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.It's most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems. (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cognitive-behavioural-therapy-cbt/)
Free online courses available from the following:
Beating the Blues - https://www.beatingtheblues.co.uk/
Living Life to the Full - https://llttf.com/about-cbt/
Would you benefit from making lifestyle changes? Do you need to get fitter? Do you need to lose weight?
Everyone Health offers various programmes of support - https://www.everyonehealth.co.uk/cambridgeshire-county-council/