What is social prescribing? Here is one definition:
"Social prescribing is a way of linking patients in primary care with sources of support within the community. It provides GPs with a non-medical referral option that can operate alongside existing treatments to improve health and wellbeing”
However , we suggest that social prescribing is most effective if rooted in the community rather than requiring people to access non medical approaches to wellbeing via their GP.
Here is our definition:
“Connecting people in their community with a range of approaches to growing and maintaining their wellbeing and resilience to enable them to thrive and minimise the need for professional interventions”
We are connecting, inspiring and enabling people in our community in Shropshire to collaboratively evolve grass roots approaches to social prescribing. We are calling our approach "Soundforce" , with fond memories of Groundforce on TV some time ago! We us music and other creative approaches to engage people in their community, identify what they think is needed and evolve resources accordingly.
Social prescribing resources include music, creative arts, heritage, museums, libraries, life-long learning, social activities, physical activities, advice and guidance, ecological and many more.
Our evolving SOCIAL PRESCRIBING NETWORK includes individuals, organisations and networks who are interested in being part of social prescribing in Shropshire:
-People representing people needing social prescribing
-People offering social prescribing resources
-People wanting to volunteer their time and experience to help evolve social prescribing in Shropshire