Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing is a way for local agencies to refer people to a link worker.

Link workers give people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. They connect people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group jointly commissioned a service which can support anyone over the age of 16 to improve quality of life of individuals and increase their knowledge, skills and confidence to enable them to take control of their wellbeing, live independently and improve their health outcomes.

The service does this by providing a range of support from ‘light touch’ signposting to community groups or services through to holistic 1:1 support, taking into consideration the wider needs of the individual. The Community Wellbeing Service is countywide and delivered by five providers who each have a local presence in one district of the County.