NHS England describes social prescribing as “enabling all local agencies to refer people to a link worker”. Link workers - known locally as Community Connectors - give people time and focus on what matters to the person as identified through shared decision making or personalised care and support planning. They connect people to community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support.
Connect for Health particularly works for a wide range of people, including those:
Take a look at our Special Edition Newsletter about Connect for Health for more information.
Newsletter: Second edition - Jan 2020
The Connect for Health programme aims to do just what it says! It will assist individuals to find non-clinical solutions to improve their own health and wellbeing. This can include referrals to organisations to assist or support them to connect with their local community. The service can connect individuals to social activities, clubs, groups, and like-minded individuals in their community. The programme does this by offering a private face to face discussion with a “Community Connector” to explore what matters to the individual.
We have a bespoke Connect for Health service for people from multi-ethnic communities run by BSC Multicultural Services, which covers all of Ipswich and East Suffolk - you can contact them:
Telephone: 01473 429740 or 01473 400081
The telephone numbers for referral to a Connect for Health Community Connector are as below: