Community connectors deliver Social Prescribing across Suffolk through two separately funded programs, Connect for Health and Connected Communities
The team visits your local community using our specially adapted mobile home vehicles to provide a confidential environment close to you. They are available to anyone over 18 who needs support for one or more of the following. These programs are not just for family carer.
- Social isolation and loneliness
- Emotional wellbeing
- Loss of confidence/purpose
- Life changing events such as birth, retirement, bereavement
- Long term health conditions
- Healthy lifestyle choices
- Arts, culture and creative activities
- Welfare benefits and financial support
- Poor health linked to housing or housing conditions
- Accessing work, training, education or volunteering
How will the Community Connectors benefit me?
Our Community Connector’s are available to talk to you confidentially and give practical, helpful, non-judgemental advice. They can help you decide what you would like to do to improve your health and wellbeing and refer you to appropriate services and activities.
Your first appointment could up to 90 minutes in length giving you the opportunity to fully explain your situation and our Community Connector the opportunity to understand more about you. Any follow up sessions will be a minimum of 45 minutes and tailored to your unique situation.
The sessions allow you to take control of situations with support and help improve your mental health and wellbeing such as feeling healthier and fitter. Community Connectors give you the chance to access new opportunities, meet new people, make new friends or guide you into learning new skills.
What is Social Prescribing?
Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical Link Workers. These link workers, known locally as Community Connectors can give people time to focus on what matters to them not what is wrong with them. Through shared decision making and personalised care and support planning they connect people to community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support.
Social prescribing works for a wide range of people, including those who ;
- Have one or more long-term conditions,
- Need support with their mental health.
- Are lonely or isolated.
- Have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.