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Social Prescribing

Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

Community Connector Scheme

The South Rural Integrated Neighbourhood Team (INT) has been collaborating with Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Family Carers in the development of a new mobile social prescribing scheme for the South Rural area. The scheme will be using the Suffolk Family Carers bus to travel to different locations, beginning in Shotley and Holbrook in November 2017.

The Community Connector Scheme aims to do just what it says! It will assist individuals to find non-clinical solutions to improve their own health and wellbeing by supporting them to connect with their local community. This can include advice and information on local services and connecting individuals to social activities, clubs, groups, and like-minded individuals in their community. The Scheme does this by offering a private face to face discussion with a “Community Connector” to explore what matters to the individual.

Individuals don’t have to have a personal appointment with the Community Connector, they can simply turn up at the bus and have a chat or get involved in some of the other activities and sessions that will be on offer. There will be opportunities to meet with other people working in your community, either offering advice, ideas, or new activities and initiatives.

Information leaflet available here

For more information about this service and to access a referral form contact, email communityconnector@suffolkfamilycarers.org or call 01473 835445 to make an appointment.  

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