‘Social prescribing’ is a way to help people make positive changes in their lives and within their communities by linking to voluntary and community groups and other non clinical services that can help them to:
• Feel more involved in the community • Meet new people • Make some changes to improve health and wellbeing.
In North East Essex, Community 360 has been operating a social prescribing service – My Social Prescription – since January 2013. The scheme has been used EssexConnects for over 2 years to make links between individuals and groups. So when multi agency partners in Mid Essex were looking for a quick and easy way to utilise community assets to respond to social need in Braintree, Chelmsford and Maldon, it made sense to build on EssexConnects.
Community 360 and Chelmsford Centre Supporting Voluntary Action (supported by Maldon CVS and Community 360) have been working with partners across Mid Essex, Colchester, Sheffield and Calderdale to develop a brand new online referral tool – Connect Well Essex – to support social prescribing schemes.
Powered by EssexConnects, Connect Well Essex is a new web-based tool that enables trained social prescribing champions to quickly and easily refer people to a range of local, non-clinical support to maximise social, emotional or practical wellbeing.
Connect Well Mid Essex social prescribing service and the My Social Prescription scheme in Colchester and Tendring are both supported by EssexConnects.