Social Prescribing empowers individuals to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to non-medical support services, groups and activities within their community.
The Social Prescribing approach recognises that people’s health is affected by a range of social, economic and environmental factors and that linking people in with their community is highly effective in reducing health inequalities within a local area. Our current model enables GPs, nurses and other medical professionals to refer people for local, personal, support within their community. Local voluntary organisations seeking support for an individual can support them to request a referral for themselves via their GP/ medical practice.
As an original pioneer of the Social Prescribing model in Bradford, HALE now have over 15 years’ experience of delivering this service through our Community Connectors service, with several successful evaluations undertaken by Sheffield Hallam University
HALEs Social Prescribing Services
Our HALE Community Connectors work with GP Practices to deliver Social Prescribing in the following areas:
- Saltaire and Windhill, Idle, Cliffe Avenue Medical Practices.
- Affinity Partnership Practices, including Shipley, Haigh Hall, North Street, Sunnybank, Thornton, Cowgill and Denholme, Westcliffe and the Willows.
- Leylands, Heaton, Wrose, Ashwell, Hollins and The Manor Medical Practices
Each area has slightly different service offer, however referrals for all services are made directly through the GP Practice.
We also provide a social prescribing service to many GP practices in the central locality areas – known as CLICS – click on the link below for more information.
Working in partnership with the CCG, and funded through the Reducing Inequalities Funding for the central Bradford Locality area (PCN4,5,6)., CLICS is a new model intrinsically linked with Social Prescribing (PCN4,5,6).
Community Connectors work closely with GPs, Advanced Practitioners and practice based staff in the Central Locality to support individuals to link into community based assets such as groups, services and centres.
This service is delivered in partnership with the CCG and other voluntary organisations, namely The VCS Alliance, The Girlington Centre, The Thornbury Centre and Trident. Many central locality practices are supported under this new service, please contact us if you require further details.
At HALE we have an excellent track record of positive client feedback. This is once again evidenced in our second 2018/2019 evaluation where 96% of clients were ‘satisfied with the support received’ and 97% agreed that the Community Connector ‘support received was tailored to their needs’.
What are Community Connectors?
HALE Community Connectors work with adults who may need some support and encouragement to access community activities or link in with local support services.
Many of the people we work with would like to make new friends, find out about local activities or get support for all kinds of issues. We often work with people who have suffered loss, have recently had a baby, are struggling with a medical condition or have moved to a new neighbourhood. They may be facing issues that have affected their confidence. We can help them take the first steps.
Note: We also have a young people’s Social Prescribing service.
Community Connectors – how does it work?
Your GP Practice can make a referral for you to have a Community Connector. Once a referral has been received a HALE Community Connector (or a Community Connector from one of our partner organisations in the CLICS service) will make contact with you to explore what kind of support you may need and which services would be helpful. They will work with you to understand how best you can access this.
The Community Connector will find out about social activities that would interest you, and talk to you about the next steps and what is available to you through your GP Practice (as this varies).
This is a personalised service- we work with the needs and pace of each individual.
All services relating to Social Prescribing are free.
How will I be referred to a Community Connector?
Your GP and other staff at your medical practice can refer you to a Community Connector and provide you with some basic information about the service.
Once we receive your referral, one of our Community Connectors will get in touch with you to introduce themselves and arrange a first appointment to talk through any issues you would like help with.
Please click below to read some of the case studies and see the real difference HALE’s Community Connectors have made to people’s lives
You can read the impact and the difference HALE’s Community Connectors have made in other case studies
If you would like to know more please contact us