Social Prescribing in Darlington

What is a Social Prescriber?

Social prescribers can help if you want to make a lifestyle change but you’re not quite sure where to start. They will support you to co-create a wellbeing plan that focuses on what matters to you and support you to work out what to do next.

Social prescribing works for a wide range of people, including those:

  1. With one or more long-term conditions
  2. Who need support with their mental health
  3. Who are lonely or isolated
  4. Who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing
  5. Who having caring responsibilities

In Darlington, you have three options, you can:

  1. Contact your GP Practice for a referral
  2. Call the social prescribing service on: 01325 952577 select option 2 and leave a message on our voicemail service
  3. Complete the self-referral form on our website

Social prescribing can help by connecting or re-connecting you to the vast array of services, activities and goodwill that exist in local communities. Social prescribers have in-depth knowledge of the hundreds of organisations and activities in Darlington. If you need help with practical things or with emotional support, they can help with that as well.

Yes, you will be assigned a social prescriber who will work with you throughout the intervention.

No, the service is free

Normally you will meet with your social prescriber 6-8 times over a 12-week period. However, some people may only need a couple of sessions, while others may need more.

The choice is yours. Your consultation can take place over the phone or face-to-face. 

Again, the choice is yours. We can meet at:

  1. Your GP Surgery
  2. Forsyth House on Woodlands Road
  3. AGE UK
  4. Firthmoor Community Centre
  5. Another community space near you
  6. If you are housebound, we can visit you at home.

We will arrange our next meeting at the end of every session.

Although social prescribers can signpost you to organisations that can help, they can also help you to create goals and support you in achieving them. They can also refer you to community, social and health services.