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How social prescribing can help you improve your health and wellbeing

Find out how social prescribing can help improve health and wellbeing by connecting you to social activities and services in the borough.

What is social prescribing

Social prescribing – sometimes called community referral – helps you find ways to improve your health and wellbeing. It does this by connecting you to events in your local area. This could be anything from art classes and social activities for adults who are isolated, to getting benefits and legal advice. Social prescribing allows you to access activities that meet your wider emotional, physical and social needs.

Services and activities available through social prescribing

Social prescribing can connect you to:

  • healthy and active lifestyle advice
  • arts, music and creativity
  • befriending, counselling and other support groups
  • housing benefits and financial support and advice
  • employment, training and volunteering opportunities
  • education and learning
  • specialist services and support
  • gardening projects
  • healthy cookery classes.

How we can support you

Your GP, nurse or other health professional can refer you to a link worker or navigator. They will speak to you on the phone or meet face to face to:

  • discuss your problems
  • find out what’s important for your wellbeing
  • help you access support, activities or services and make the best use of them.

Who offers social prescribing services

  • Lewisham Safe and Independent Living (SAIL)

If you’re aged 60 plus, SAIL can connect you with local services to help you maintain your independence, safety and wellbeing.

  • Community Connections

Community Connections is a scheme for adults to help improve health and wellbeing by using local community services and activities.

  • Community directory to support health and wellbeing

Explore our community directory for local information, activity and support to improve your health and wellbeing.

  • Sydenham Garden

Sydenham Garden for people wanting to improve their mental health, particularly people with depression, anxiety and trauma. They also have a specific service for people with the early stages of dementia. You will need to be referred by a health or care professional.

Other social prescribing activities available

You can also find support for: