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Social Prescribing

What we Do

Our Community Link Project works within GP Practices to find social activities for patients who are in need by reason of: Social Isolation, Loneliness, Mental Health etc.

We can also find support groups for anyone newly diagnosed with a condition such as Diabetes, Dementia etc.

Delivering our vision for Better Care

What does The Community Link Voluntary Sector Project do?  The Project helps people to access a wide variety of services and activities provided by voluntary organisations and community groups in the East Riding of Yorkshire.  The project brings together health, social care and voluntary sector professionals, who work together in a co-ordinated way to identify support for people who may feel lonely, isolated, fed up, unoccupied, looking for a social activity, hobby or enjoyable form of exercise.

How do I take part?   you can be referred through your GP, District Nurse, Social Worker, Care Co-ordinator, any other health or social care professional or just contact us yourself.

What will happen?  With your consent, the Local Co-ordinator will arrange to contact you to discuss what voluntary or community services could help you to improve your health and wellbeing. This is in addition to any NHS or Social Care support you may already be receiving.  The Local Co-ordinator will also help you to access services and activities of interest to you if you have any difficulties such as poor mobility, transport or low confidence.

Will you keep in touch?  The Local Co-ordinator will ask you for feedback on the services you receive and whether you feel they have improved your health and wellbeing. This will be shared anonymously with the Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Group. From time to time your permission will be asked so that we can share more specific information (case studies) with people who have a particular interest in your health and wellbeing, for example your GP.

Who is running the project?  The Community Link Voluntary Sector Project is run by a voluntary sector partnership: East Riding Voluntary Action Service (ERVAS), Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council (HWRCC), The Courtyard at Goole and SHoRes at Withernsea, together we provide a service across the whole of the East Riding.

The project is part of a wider Better Care Programme funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

For more information please contact:  voluntaryservicesreferrals@nhs.net