ARRS Social Prescription Service

Many things that affect our health can’t be fixed by medicine alone, like loneliness, isolation, or problems with money, housing, or employment.

Everyone requires a bit of help at some point in their lives. Social Prescribing connects you to activities, groups, and services that you feel will make a difference. It’s about what matters to you. 

Our Social Prescribing Link Workers can help you overcome barriers that are holding you back. They get to know you and seek to understand the challenges you face, learn what matters to you, and help you plan for how to improve your health and wellbeing.  They are here to help you find services, groups, or information that will support you and help improve your wellbeing.

Examples include helping you to get active, develop confidence, and take control of your health. They may support you to take part in activities or groups in your community or find services that can help you tackle practical problems affecting your ability to live the life you choose.

Social Prescribing is an approach for people who:

•             Have one or more long-term conditions

•             Need support with low level mental health issues

•             Are lonely or isolated, or recently bereaved

•             Have financial instability or are struggling with the cost of living crisis

•              Have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

How can a Help & Care Social Prescribing Link Worker Help Me?

Our social prescribing link workers will give you time to talk about what matters the most to you and take a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing to connect you to the right community groups and services. They can help you by:

  • Identifying what matters to you and helping to create a plan to move forward
  • Providing information on services that can help you
  • Referring you to those services
  • Introducing you to community groups, activities or options for volunteering
  • Assisting you to set goals that will empower you to make lifestyle changes and achieve the outcome you are looking for.

Read our impact and stories here.  

How do I find out about Social Prescribing local to me? 

If you are over 18 and registered with a GP surgery in Dorset, you can: 

Ask at your GP surgery or contact us at Help & Care.

If we do not cover your specific surgery, don’t worry, we will put you in touch with the right person. 

To explore your options please

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0300 123 1916

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