What’s important to you?
Many things affect your health and wellbeing. GPs tell us that a lot of people visit them feeling isolated or lonely. Or they might be stressed out by work, money and housing problems. Sometimes it’s the stress of managing different long-term health conditions.
That’s where Social Prescribing comes in. It starts with a conversation. It might be the conversation you’ve just had with your doctor, or with another person in the practice team. Or you might not have felt able to talk to anyone about what’s going on for you. The aim is a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing – an understanding that aspects of life are interconnected and that there is a need for a joined-up approach to practical and emotional support.
Listening to you
How does it work?
Your Social Prescribing Link Worker is there to listen to you and put you in touch with the people and activities that might help you to feel better. Social Prescribing can help you to have more control over your own health and find ways to improve how you feel in a way that suits you. For example, that might be connecting you to a community group to meet more people or an advice service to support you with your bills.
For more information about social prescribing visit: www.england.nhs.uk/personalisedcare/social-prescribing/
For further details, please contact Colette Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
To self-refer, or to refer someone you’re supporting, please fill out this referral form and send it to the details on the form.
Join our Free Online Support Groups
Groups are open to adults (18+) who are registered at a North or West Bristol GP surgery
Managing Anxiety - Low Intensity CBT with Southmead Development Trust Social Prescribing
Do you struggle with worry and anxiety? Would you like to learn about ways that can help to manage these feelings?
This FREE four week low-intensity Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) course will explore anxiety, and ways to manage it.
You have the choice of attending in person at the Greenway Centre or online with Social Prescribing Link Worker, Rachael Middleton.
* Not suitable for anyone currently having therapy. If you are under the Mental Health team we would suggest you talk to your care coordinator about accessing this first.
Tuesdays x 4 sessions – online
1pm – 2:30pm
Universal Credit Info & Support with Citizens Advice Bristol
Do you have questions about Universal Credit?
Join this information session about accessing and using Universal Credit, with Citizens Advice Bristol.
on the 4th Tuesday of each month – online
12pm – 1:30pm
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Support Info & Support with North Bristol Advice Centre
Housing Info & Support with CHAS Housing Advice Service
Are you new to Home Choice? Are you at risk of becoming homeless? Do you need to find a rental property?
This session looks specifically at rehousing issues. You can look at how to access and use Home Choice, how to search for rental properties and how and where to access support about becoming homeless. This is with CHAS Housing Advice Service.
on the 3rd Wednesday of each month – online
11am – 12:30pm
Living Well with Chronic Pain with Southmead Development Trust, Vitaminds & North Bristol Trust Pain Clinic
Do you want to explore ways of living well with chronic pain?
In this group we will discuss:
- understanding pain
- breathing techniques
- therapies and treatments
- goal setting
- working with health professionals
- courses and recourses
with Southmead Development Trust Health & Wellbeing, Vitaminds and North Bristol Trust Pain Clinic
Fridays x 4 sessions – online
10:30am – 12pm
Healthy Lifestyles with Southmead Development Trust
Do you feel you need to eat better, lose weight or start more exercise?
Our Healthy Lifestyles course combines education, activities and peer discussion to support participants to lose weight and exercise. We’ll address barriers to losing weight and provide you with tools to take control of eating behaviour and exercise levels, which you can always refer back to in the future.
Tuesdays – in person
A block of 8 sessions.
9:30am – 10:30am
Carers Support Drop In with Carers Support Centre
Come along to the online Carers Support Drop In where you will be able to access information, advice, signposting and support to help you along your journey as a carer. You will find out about Carers Assessments, Carers Emergency Cards, which benefits and support you may be entitled to, how to look after your own health and wellbeing, and you will also have the opportunity to meet other carers in a similar situation to yourself.
Starts Thursday 4th November
First Thursday of each month
1pm – 2pm
You can still register your interest before this group starts by filling out the form below.
“Rachael obviously knows her stuff and prepares for the sessions really well. She’s very kind and patient and has lots of great content every week.” – T.