Social Prescribing

Social connections are key to our wellbeing. We help people find the people and places they need to be happier and healthier. This might be having someone you can chat to when you need to, or someone who helps you navigate local services that could benefit you. We connect and we care.

Find the support you want and need

You can talk to us about whatever is on your mind right now. We’ll share ideas about which services might suit your needs, and link you in with them if that’s what you would like.

Improve health & wellbeing

There are many simple ways to feel better physically and mentally. Whatever options sound good to you, we can explore them together. You have the power to make the changes you want in your life.

Find new interests & hobbies

Beautiful countryside walks, volunteering for good causes, learning new skills – there are lots of opportunities to find new passions or reignite old ones. Because there’s so much out there, it can be useful to share ideas and look at different choices with somebody. That’s something we can do together.

Improve confidence & self-esteem

Sometimes all it takes is a nudge. Sometimes it’s helpful to have someone checking in, reminding you what you wanted to do next. We can listen, guide, encourage – however much involvement you want us to have, the decisions are always yours. You’ve already taken a positive step by reading this.

“I feel more positive. I’ve made new connections. It’s an ongoing process, but I’ve made little steps.”

Who we can help

We help residents of Brighton and Hove who are aged 18+ and experiencing any of the following:

  • Feeling isolated and would like to socialise and meet new people
  • Struggling with benefits, housing or debt issues
  • Would like support with mild depression, anxiety or stress
  • Want to volunteer or to return to work
  • Looking for support with mild learning disabilities
  • Caring for someone and would like some advice or support
  • Want support with healthy eating and physical activity.

Our process

  1. First we’ll call to introduce ourselves. We support most people by phone but we can set up face to face or video call appointments if you prefer.
  2. We’ll spend time listening to you, understanding your situation, identifying what you’re concerned about and talking about your interests.
  3. We’ll suggest a range of services and groups in your community that sound suitable for your needs, and can make arrangements to help you connect with them. This could include linking you with a trained Buddy volunteer who will offer practical support to help you connect with the outside world and your community.

  4. Support is usually given over 2-3 months to make sure you can access the services you need. We’ll talk to you about stepping back before we do it.
  5. If relevant, a summary of our work together is sent to the agency or health professional who put us in touch with you. You can tell us if there’s anything you don’t want us to share. If you’re happy for us to do so, we’ll call you about 3 months after we step back to make sure you’re still getting the support you need.

Get support

There are three ways to get in touch:

  1. You can refer yourself by calling us on 01273 229382, or click here to send a message via our website

  2. Agencies can refer using our referral form — click here to download. For more information, download our referrer info pack here.

  3. GPs and health professionals can refer using our referral form on their patient record system.

Volunteer with us

It’s amazing what we can achieve together. Give us a little of your time and we’ll help you make a big difference in your local community.

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