Limavady Community Development Initiative (LCDI) has teamed up with Elemental to tackle poverty and improve the lives of local people through social prescribing.
The charity organisation is working in partnership with Vineyard Compassion and Community Advice Causeway as part of an anti-poverty project involving three support hubs that will adopt a social prescribing model of care.
LCDI will provide prescriptions to services such as out of school day care, food and fuel stamps, adult day care, community cafe, debt advice, first aid training and workplace training. Vineyard Compassion and Community Advice Causeway will provide services such as debt advice, food bank, job/employment support, counselling and drug and alcohol misuse counselling.
Partners identified a key challenge that they needed to overcome to make the approach successful – the ways in which people were being referred to local support was often complex and admin intensive, which could be a potential barrier to encouraging people to access the support available in their communities.
They approached Elemental because they wanted to streamline the referral process to be able to better connect people into services that can make a difference to their lives, as well as better connecting all the partners and programmes that are working to address poverty locally. Crucial to this work was being able to demonstrate the impact that their approach is having on lives and wellbeing.
Jennifer Neff, CEO and Co-Founder of Elmental Software
“This project is a great example of the vital role the voluntary and charity sector plays in supporting the health and wellbeing of local communities. We’re delighted to be able to help partners leading this innovative work to transform and simplify the way people are referred to local support services through our digital platform. This will also make it easier for partners delivering services to connect up their work and significantly reduce admin so that they can focus as much time as possible addressing the key challenge of poverty in these communities and helping those that need it most.”
Wendy McAleese, General Manager of LCDI
“The Covid pandemic has increased hardship and poverty for many, and so improving the way that local people can access the services and support they need to improve their health and wellbeing has never been more important. We’re delighted to be working with Elemental to help us transform the way we can refer people into services and help more people benefit from support in their communities. Their technology has been a pivotal element in us being able to develop a social prescribing approach to tackling poverty.”
Ashleen Schenning, Councillor, SDLP
“Limavady Volunteer centre is delighted to see the Elemental platform go live. This has taken many months of dedication from various community and statutory stakeholders. With this mechanism in place, Limavady groups and referral agents for social prescribing will source meaningful placements and guidance for some of the most vulnerable in our society.
I look forward to the growth of social prescribing in the limavady legacy council area and pushing forward for limavady to become a social prescribing town.”
The project aims to achieve 1,000 referrals into local services through Elemental across Limavady and Coleraine’s three support hubs, with a number of other partners involved in the delivery including the Scroggy Road GP practice, and local council.
LCDI is a cross-community charity whose work is focused on serving the whole community by identifying gaps in service provision and developing innovative projects to fill them.
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