The Living Well Service is commissioned by NHS England and subcontracted to Primary Healthcare Darlington on behalf of the Darlington Primary Care Network. Social prescribing is one of the services delivered under the Living Well umbrella. Social prescribing supports people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to non-medical link workers, who create time for their clients to focus on ‘what matters to me’. Social prescribers take a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. They support individuals on a one-to-one basis, via small group work, pop-up sessions and much more. The goal of social prescribing is to connect or re-connect people to the vast array of services, activities and goodwill that exist in local communities. 

People are referred to our service for many reasons, e.g., because they are struggling to manage a longterm condition (low mood, anxiety, diabetes, pain, etc.,), they are socially isolated or lonely, need help with their finances, or with moving into more suitable accommodation and much more. In our wellbeing directory, you will find links to services, organisations, activities, groups and helplines which we hope will be of value to you in your wellbeing journey. 

Primary Healthcare Darlington is a UK-based GP Federation. We can only respond to comments and accept referrals from people registered with a GP Practice in Darlington. Everyone, however, can access our wellbeing directory by entering a Darlington postcode on the home page. Many of the services listed offer online support so you don’t need to live in Darlington to benefit. 

To speak to someone about social prescribing, leave a message on our team answerphone: 01325 952 577 select option 2 or leave a message on our chat bot. You can also email us. If you are ready to experience social prescribing for yourself, complete our self-referral form and we’ll get back to you to explain the next steps in the referral process.