What is social prescribing?
Social prescribing is where a health professional seeks to help someone to improve their health, wellbeing or social welfare by connecting them to community services which might be run by the council or a local charity. For example, signposting people who have been diagnosed with dementia to local dementia support groups.
There are various reasons why a person is referred for social prescribing. It could be:
- for physical, psychological or psycho-social reasons
- for general wellbeing
- to combat social isolation and loneliness
- to support self-care
- as part of welfare advice or financial advice, or
- to support someone to self-manage a pre-existing or long-term condition.
A social prescription is wide-ranging, tailored to the needs of the individual who works with a social prescriber, link worker, community connector or navigator to develop a prescription which is right for them. The prescription, for example, could include access to a befriending scheme, a gardening project, an arts and crafts group, yoga or to a weight-loss programme.
What’s is the Social Prescribing Research Network?
The Social Prescribing Research Network aims to build critical evidence for social prescribing in Wales. The network meets across Wales (and digitally) to discuss and develop its research priorities. Members include WCVA, many County Voluntary Councils, Cardiff University, Bangor University, PRIME Centre Wales and Welsh Government.
If you’d like to know more about the network, please contact Sally Rees, WCVA National Third Sector Health and Social Care Facilitator, on firstname.lastname@example.org.