Connecting for wellbeing or ‘social prescribing’ is a way to help people make positive changes in their lives and within their communities by linking to voluntary and community groups and other non clinical services that can help them to:
• Feel more involved in the community • Meet new people • Make some changes to improve health and wellbeing.
In North East Essex, Colchester Community Voluntary Services (CCVS) has been operating a social prescribing service – My Social Prescription – since January 2013. The scheme has been working with EssexConnects for over 2 years to make dozens of links between individuals and groups. So when multi agency partners in Mid Essex were looking for a quick and easy way to utilise community assets to respond to social need in Braintree, Chelmsford and Maldon, it made sense to build on EssexConnects.
CCVS and Chelmsford Centre Supporting Voluntary Action (supported by Maldon CVS and BDVSA) have been working with partners across Mid Essex, Colchester, Sheffield and Calderdale to develop a brand new online referral tool – Connect Well Essex – to support local social prescribing schemes.
Powered by EssexConnects, Connect Well Essex is a new web-based tool that enables trained social prescribing champions to quickly and easily refer people to a range of local, non-medical support to maximise social, emotional or practical wellbeing.
Launching in Autumn 2015, Connect Well Essex will support the new Connect Well Mid Essex social prescribing service and the successful My Social Prescription scheme. Find out more about how Connect Well Essex can help you to link people with the right services and support to meet their needs by clicking the logo below.
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