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Have you heard of Barnet’s Social Prescribing Service?

It is run by Age UK Barnet and aims to reduce social isolation and improve the health of residents in the borough.

What does social prescribing mean?

Social prescribing lets you take control of your own health and wellbeing, by allowing you time to think about the things that are important to you.

Often, health is thought to be completely physical, for example, how well our hearts, lungs, legs and other physical features work.

But as disabled people, we know health is so much more than that. It’s about mental health, social health and how we feel in ourselves. Many things in life can make us feel unwell or affect our overall health and wellbeing negatively; a medical prescription is not always the answer.

That’s what social prescribing tries to address: connecting you to the services that can support your health and wellbeing. For example…

  • Live well and more independently
  • Support with your finances
  • Being more active
  • Support with your mental wellbeing
  • Being healthier
  • Being more socially connected

What does Barnet’s Social Prescribing Service do?

You will be connected with a Social Prescribing Link Worker, who will chat with you and find out what matters most to you.

They will then give you a personalised care approach and signpost you to local services, such as community groups or health resources. The support lasts up to six sessions and will strengthen partnerships between you, your community and the supporting services.

Examples of things your Social Prescribing Link Worker can connect you with:

  • Housing information
  • Carers support
  • Benefits and financial guidance
  • Healthy lifestyle and physical activities
  • Befriending and support groups
  • Community mental health services
  • Training, employment and volunteering
  • Social and creative activties
  • And many more!

How can you join?

You can be referred to the service by contacting your GP. Any member of staff can refer you to the social prescribing service.

If you’re over 18 years old and registered with a Barnet GP then you are eligible.

How Social Prescribing has helped Barnet residents

“I am so happy, Without your support I would never have got to where I am. I feel so independent and confident now compared to who I was in our first session.”

“It’s so nice to be contacted and listened to. Thank you for sending the referral, it has been a weight lifted.”

Find out more about Social Prescribing in Barnet

For more information, please email nclicb.barnetsocialprescribing@nhs.net

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