SPRING Social Prescribing is a partnership between Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum, Healthy Living Centre Alliance and Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing.
As the largest co-ordinated project of its kind, a network of 30 community-led health organisations will come together to deliver Social Prescribing services for three years.
Social Prescribing creates a link between the health service and the community. GP’s refer patients to the community for non-clinical support services such as; exercise, counselling, social clubs, arts and many more.
The SPRING Social Prescribing Project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the core objectives are;
- Support 8,000 patients, who will co-create a social prescription
- Improve peoples’ health and wellbeing outcomes across 30 communities in Northern Ireland and Scotland
- Strengthen links between Primary Care and the third sector
- Influence policy makers at regional and national levels to embed social prescribing into NHS long term plans.