The Social Prescribing Service is part of a new suite of programmes being offered under the Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme in Limerick City.
The aim of the service is to connect people with sources of support within local communities with the purpose of improving health and wellbeing. The service aims to address the wider determinants of health by providing supported access to community and voluntary organisations offering a wide range of supports. This may include education and employment supports, cooking, gardening, physical activities, and other social and recreational activities. Social Prescribing is a non clinical service and participation is voluntary.
Anyone living in the Limerick City area can be referred to the Social Prescribing Service if it represents the most appropriate tool for addressing their needs. Social Prescribing can be particularly beneficial for people :
Social Prescribing is not suitable for:
What are the benefits to individuals/patients/clients accessing the service?
One of the main advantages of Social Prescribing can be the opportunities for patients/clients with long term conditions to access non-clinical supports and activities. This access to additional supports within the Community and Voluntary Sector can lead individuals to experience positive outcomes associated with their health and wellbeing, such as reduced isolation and increased independence.
For further information, contact:
Michelle Hannan Social Prescribing Link Worker on 0876924042/ 061419388