New Connections is the Social Prescribing service for the Derbyshire Dales, based at Derbyshire Dales CVS.
What is Social Prescribing?
Social Prescribing is a way of supporting and improving people’s health and wellbeing outside of traditional medical settings. The Healthy London Partnership has created a video about how social prescribing is working with their communities.
In the Derbyshire Dales, GP’s, nurses and other primary health professionals can refer someone to our social prescribing service, called New Connections, who will start by having a conversation with the person about what matters to them. From there, the person will be introduced to activities, groups or services that enable them to get the most out of life.
Examples of this could include gardening clubs, art groups, volunteering opportunities, healthy cooking classes or befriending services. Whatever the person is linked to, it will always be based on their wishes and interests.
Who can be involved with Social Prescribing?
Whatever stage of life someone is at, Social Prescribing can enable them to make changes that improve their health and wellbeing. In the Derbyshire Dales, New Connections support anybody over the age of 18.
Community and voluntary groups and Social Prescribing
The local community and voluntary is an integral part of Social Prescribing. In the Derbyshire Dales, we are lucky to have a range of activities and groups which provide activities that people can be linked into with the support of New Connections.
If you are a group wanting to welcome new members, we’d love to have a chat with you about how being involved with New Connections can introduce new people to your group.
Download the New Connections leaflet.
Debbie Rushworth – Social Prescribing Development Worker North
Harriet Brown – Social Prescribing Development Worker South