Social Prescribing is a free, HSE service which helps to link you with sources of support and social activities within your community. These include
- Physical activity
- Reading groups/books for health
- Self-help programmes such as the Stress Control Programme
- Men’s Sheds
- Community gardening
- Arts and creativity
It is for any person of 18 years or over.
Social Prescribing is for you if:
- you feel that you need some support to mind your health and wellbeing
- you feel isolated, stressed, anxious or depressed
- you simply feel you need the service.
About the programme
First you will meet with the Social Prescribing Coordinator. S/he will help you to identify activities or groups you would like to try.
Then you will link with a designated person participating in the activity, to try it out.
After a number of weeks you will have a review with your Social Prescribing Coordinator.
At this stage, if you wish, you may try different activities or groups, to find something that you enjoy. The Social Prescribing coordinator will give you guidance and support.
The service is available in:
|Caroline Barrett||087 365 email@example.com|
|Inishowen||Carmel Gallagher||086 040 6950||Carmel@inishowen.ie|
|Derryveagh||Bernadette McFadden||086 076 6670||Spcderryveagh@gmail.com|
|Rosses/Fintown||Linda Ní Ghallchóir||087 151 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lifford/Castlefinn||Mary McDermott||089 458 9663||Socialprescriberlifford@gmail.com|
|Milford/Fanad/Rosguill||089 215 7232|
You, or a family member or friend acting on your behalf, can access social prescribing by phoning your local Coordinator
Your GP or other Healthcare Professional can refer you by phone or by letter.
What previous participants have said
"The Co-ordinator was warm, friendly and made me feel at ease. She was the extra push I needed."
"It was just a gentle stick at the door for me. Go, do it... That's just what I needed."
"I think it makes sense...you get a prescription for 'flu, why not for your social life?"
For more information:
Call the Social Prescribing Office, St Conal’s Hospital, Letterkenny on 074 912 3757 or contact your local social prescribing coordinator from the list above.