Today is International Social Prescribing Day, raising awareness of how support from voluntary, community and charitable groups can complement medicine and social care when it comes to improving well-being.
Social Prescribing in Flintshire is a partnership service delivered by Flintshire County Council’s Single Point of Access Team, and Flintshire Local Voluntary Council (FLVC). It is funded by Flintshire County Council and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
Social Prescribers take time to find out about the interests and goals of each individual referred to them, before applying their extensive local knowledge to suggest the community, voluntary or charitable groups likely to offer the most support and enjoyment, and to be the most useful. Suggestions may include a befriending service, a social, community, special interest or activity group, or a source of specialist advice, such as debt or benefits.
Mille Boswell, FLVC’s Third Sector Development Manager, Health & Social Care, said “The professionals who refer individuals to the Social Prescribing service include GPs, nurses and social workers who recognise and value the role that Flintshire’s third sector plays in enhancing wellbeing. Our social prescribers enable people to connect with others, to combat isolation, and to overcome barriers that have a negative impact on their health and happiness.”
In the last twelve months, the service in Flintshire has supported 422 individuals to access support in their communities.