SPRING Social Prescribing helps people 18+ to address social, emotional, and practical needs by connecting them to sources of support within their community to improve their health and wellbeing, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. This support is ongoing throughout COVID-19.
During Covid-19, the Connect Well service was launched to provide support online and remotely, offering socially distanced visits and classes where appropriate, making sure clients felt connected and supported.
Each Social Prescriber contacts each and every client by telephone, text, or video link every week. As restrictions begin to ease in this phase of lockdown, a small number have carried out socially distanced garden visits or walking groups.
There are 34 SPRING Social Prescribers working across Scotland and Northern Ireland, serving 28 communities in socially deprived areas.
There are 15 Social Prescribers working in 10 areas across Scotland.
GPs and Primary Health Care professionals can refer clients to SPRING Social Prescribing. Referrals to the programme are open and SPRING Social Prescribers are on-hand to provide much needed help and support throughout this challenging time.