Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing for Health and Wellbeing Programme in

Lifford /Castlefin area

Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre is delighted to welcome Mary McDermott as Social Prescribing Co-ordinator for the Lifford /Castlefin area .

Social Prescribing is about connecting people with others in their communities and helping to build their feelings of well-being and confidence. This is a very simple scheme but it has the potential to change a person’s life for the better.

The programme aims to support the health and wellbeing of people by using community-based activities and supports, such as Men’s Sheds, Walking in groups, Community Gardening, dancing, art and other creative activities. There are also opportunities to attend self-help programmes such as Stress Control as well as having  access to self-help books.

In short, it is about connecting people with others in their communities and helping to build their feelings of well-being and confidence. This is a very simple scheme but it has the potential to change a person’s life for the better. A participant who recently took part said –“The positive impact Social Prescribing has had on my life is immeasurable – life is now full of possibilities.”

Who is it for?
The programme is for anybody who may feel that they need some support and help with minding their health and wellbeing, for those who feel a bit isolated and/or for those who feel stressed, anxious or depressed. Using resources within the community will allow you to experience the benefits of meeting new people, participating in an enjoyable activity and maybe even learning a new skill.

How does it work?
1. Your GP or other health professional will refer you to a Social Prescribing Coordinator if you are suitable for the programme. You can also access the programme directly without a referral.
2. You will meet with the Co-ordinator to discuss your needs to help you find out what activities interest you, and what support you will need to attend these activities.
3. You will begin your chosen activity.
4. After 3 weeks and again at the end of the programme (6-8 weeks) you will discuss with the coordinator how you felt the programme went and whether or not you will continue to attend your chosen activity or find a new option.

Cost?
There is no cost to participating in the social prescribing programme but there may be a small cost attached to attending some of the activities.

         Benefits
– Learning a new skill or participating in a new activity
– Improving your mental and/or physical health
– Meet new people
– Increasing self-confidence and self-esteem
– Receiving social support from others
– Feeling more connected in your local community

 

What happens next?
If you are interested in joining the programme talk to your GP, Public Health Nurse orCommunity Mental Health Nurse, who can refer you to your Local Social Prescribing  Co-ordinator Mary  McDermott based at the Lifford Clonleigh Resourse Centre, Croaghan Heights Lifford – 089 4589663

Email- socialprescriberlifford@gmail.com.