Social Prescribing in the context of Covid (May 2020)
What is social prescribing?
Social prescribing is about helping people find ways to improve their health and wellbeing by linking them up with what’s going on in their local area.
Social prescribing seeks to move away from a medical model and towards a holistic person-centred, or family-centred, view of wellbeing, identifying the root causes of the individual’s and/or family’s issues and tackling them head on, to connect them into community-based support and making the most of community and informal support.
What activities can patients be social prescribed to?
Types of activities are varied, but often include:
- art classes, singing
- gardening groups
- faith groups
- volunteering and employment support
- walking groups