In the last episode of the current season of Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil speaks to social prescribing link worker Darren (Daz) Dooler. Daz Dooler has worked for Live Well Wakefield for 18 months as a ‘Self Help Support Worker’. Having become involved in the Expert Patients Programme (formerly part of South West Yorkshire Partnership) and completing the General Self-Management Community Course, he moved forward to become a volunteer for the service and trained to become a tutor. He then went on to become a governor at SWYFT and started his own community group The S.M.a.S.H Society. Here he ensures social prescribing continues to improve lives in his community with health conditions, particularly those struggling with their mental health.
In this episode, Daz talks about his own journey with mental health and how social prescribing was a lifeline for him and how it can be a lifeline for others too.
“I like the term enablers. I think that link workers are enablers. And one of the first conversations that I have with clients is to say that, we’re not here to tell you what to do, we’re here to have a discussion and give you the options and find the best method for you.”
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