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Social Prescribing: Connect for health

What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

Locally, social prescribing is known as 'Connect for Health'.

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: 

  • with one or more long-term conditions, 
  • who need support with their mental health, 
  • who are lonely or isolated, 
  • who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

Take a look at our Special Edition Newsletter about Connect for Health for more information.

Newsletter: Second edition - Jan 2020

Connect for Health

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.

Multi-ethnic community connector service

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:

The telephone numbers for referral to a Connect for Health Community Connector are as below:

If you live in...


South Suffolk including Hadleigh, Bildeston, East Bergholt, Holbrook and surrounding areas; mid-Suffolk including Stowmarket, Needham Market, Claydon, Debenham, Mendlesham, Eye, Fressingfield, Ixworth and surrounding villages.

Suffolk Family  Carers                                                         01473 835477 

East Suffolk including Woodbridge, Alderton, Wickham Market, Martlesham, Kesgrave and surrounding villages
Shaw Trust Dominique Cordle 07790922228

East Suffolk including Felixstowe, Saxmundham, Aldeburgh, Leiston, Framlingham and surrounding villages

Access Community Trust 01502 527200
Ipswich  Citizen's Advice Ipswich 01473 298637 or go online

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