Social prescribing connects people to community support, via link workers, who start with what matters to the person.

Social prescribing connects people to practical and emotional community support, through social prescribing link workers, who are based in GP practices and take referrals from all local agencies. Social prescribing link workers have time to build trusting relationships, start with what matters to the person, create a shared plan and introduce people to community support.

It links them to a range of activities that are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations, for example, volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports.

Explore our range of case studies to find out more about how social prescribing can help people:

Social prescribing is helping people in Gloucestershire. Find out how it’s helped people like Markus, Marian and Curtis:

In London, social prescribing is playing an instrumental role in building and supporting community resilience – linking people to support and advice services around housing, finance, employment, social welfare, and others. Following the impacts of COVID-19, the need is even greater.

GPs, social prescribing link workers and others talk about their experiences and how link workers are very much part of the bigger health and care system picture:

In Liverpool, as many as 1 in 3 patients visit their GP with issues that don’t need a doctor or a nurse. Now these patients will get extra help from wellbeing link workers and welfare advisors. Working together, they help patients with all things a GP can’t. Find out how:

The Doncaster Social Prescribing service provides a range of non-medical support to people living across Doncaster.  Their team explain a little bit more about what they do:

Giving Patrick time to talk through his experiences helped change his life. By joining local activities through social prescribing, he’s feeling positive and in a better place:

Our regional lead for North East and Yorkshire, Jane Hartley, talks about the importance of social prescribing in connecting general practices and voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations: