Social Prescribing in Lewisham

One Health Lewisham is working with the Primary Care Networkto deliver a social prescribing service for people living in the borough of Lewisham. We do this with support from the voluntary and charity sector and local authority

“Finding community opportunities to improve your wellbeing and help you feel better”

Social Prescribing Support is still available during the Covid-19 Crisis

What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing helps to improve your wellbeing by connecting you to non-medical support in the community. This could mean connecting you to a an exercise class, bereavement counselling or a coffee morning for carers. You can also get support around social issues, such as debt management and employment support.

Many activities are now online. Or perhaps you need to complete an online form. We can connect you to digital support, to enable you to do this confidently.  

Examples of support include:

  • Making appointments for housing, benefits and financial advice
  • Healthy lifestyle advice and physical activity
  • Joining and attending social activities and clubs
  • Getting online and accessing digital support
  • Befriending, counselling, bereavement and peer support referrals
  • Finding employment, training and volunteering opportunities
  • Completing Blue Badge/Taxicard/Dial-a-Ride applications
  • Emotional support

Our support is free and for up to 8 weeks

Self Refer to our Service

To refer yourself or someone else to the service, please click here

When you have completed and submitted the form , one of our team members will give you a call to have a chat –

Self-Help Resources

Green social prescribing

Green social prescribing is about promoting health and wellbeing through social prescribing referrals to low carbon and environmentally responsible activities. In Lewisham OHL’s team of social prescribers actively refer people to become members of the local walking groups, the green gyms, gardening at Sydenham Gardens, St Mary’s Therapeutic Garden and more . This is literally green, and is also of great benefit to the relevant patients, who benefit from social participation, interaction with other people, physical activity, and the enjoyment of gardening. We also refer people to walking groups and green gyms, which are also good examples.

Lewisham’s model of social prescribing

One Health Lewisham is working with a digital social prescribing software, Elemental, to support social prescribers across Lewisham. The software helps to scale and measure the impact of social prescribing projects, whilst integrating with other NHS software, so that GP practices can monitor the progress of patients who have been referred into the service.

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