By working closely together with GPs, nurses and other health care professionals patients are now being referred to a range of local, non-clinical services – services that could be used to treat or help with
- Loss of confidence/purpose
- Social isolation
- Life changing events such as bereavement, new born, retirement
- Getting out and about
- Emotional wellbeing
- Healthy lifestyle choices
- Long term health conditions
- Accessing work, training and volunteering
Did you know that there are more than 500 community groups and networks that currently exist in Oldham delivering almost 1000 activities, sessions, meets and events?These groups focus on supporting our residents when they need help and before they develop more severe health or wellbeing problems.
The groups are grass-roots community assets and range from;
- knit and natter groups
- stay and plays
- walking clubs
- debt support and counselling
- kitchen cooking
- coffee mornings for depression and growing confidence
- age 50+ social groups
- dance groups (modern, street ballroom – all types)
- book clubs
- BAME support sessions
- Aromatherapy and alternative health
- Women’s support groups
- music groups
- martial arts clubs
Through to more established community services like the Red Cross home support service and will integrate with and build upon the good practice already established by key partners like Age UK, Positive Steps, Mind, Citizens Advice Bureau and Turning Point.
The Oldham Social Prescribing model is working in Oldham West with plans to expand to the other four clusters by 2019.
The Oldham Social Prescribing model will be delivered through an Innovation Partnership approach (a first for Greater Manchester) – there will be more information to follow in the next few months with ways to get involved.