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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.

 

Locations

The service is available in:

Ardara/Glenties

Caroline Barrett

087 365 2577

Bunbeg/Derrybeg

Buncrana

Carmel Gallagher

086 040 6950

Carndonagh/Clonmany

Carmel Gallagher

086 040 6950

Derryveagh

Bernadette McFadden

086 076 6670

Donegal Town

Caroline Barrett

087 3652577

Dungloe

Brid Ward

087 151 1855

Killybegs

Caroline Barrett

087 365 2577

Letterkenny

Edel McBrearty

0831335700

Lifford/Castlefinn

Mary McDermott

089 458 9663

Milford/Rosguill

Lesley Newberry

089 215 7232

Moville

Ann Doherty

089 431 8831

 

Access

You, or a family member or friend acting on your behalf, can access social prescribing by phoning your local Coordinator

Or

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?"

 

Useful links

yourmentalhealth.ie

www.communityhealthforum.net 

 www.librariesireland.ie/healthy-ireland/

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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