Social Prescribing

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 2577


Andrea Laux



Carmel Gallagher

086 040 6950


Carmel Gallagher

086 040 6950


Bernadette McFadden

086 076 6670

Donegal Town

Caroline Barrett

087 3652577


Brid Ward

087 151 1855


Caroline Barrett

087 365 2577


Edel McBrearty



Mary McDermott

089 458 9663


Lesley Newberry

089 215 7232


Ann Doherty

089 431 8831



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 get a prescription for 'flu, why not for your social life?"


Useful links

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.

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