Living in a Thriving Community

Rani, has seen real benefits of living in one of Oldham’s Thriving Communities, read her story to find out the difference that she has seen through being a part of the Thriving Communities work

Rani Singh – supported by the Thriving Communities Social Prescribing Network

Rani is 27 years old. She has a one year old daughter and lives with her extended family after migrating from India three years ago. She has recently been bereaved. Rani is pregnant, and finding it a difficult experience without her husband, was referred for social prescribing by her GP.  She was supported by the Thriving Communities Social Prescribing network and Asia, her community connector spoke to her about the support available.

When speaking to Asia, Rani expressed that she likes to sew clothes and spend time with her daughter. She was lonely and wanted to get out of the house, spend some time for herself and meet other people. She also hoped to enrol on course in nursing or professional sewing. She wanted to be able to take her daughter somewhere to meet other children as they both spent a lot of time at home.

Rani and Asia discussed the range of activities available in Rani’s community and she chose a knitting group at a local community centre, within walking distance from her house. Asia also found a local children’s play and stay session to help both her and her daughter socialise with other parents and children. Rani was told about Oldham Lifelong Learning Centre where she could explore possible courses for the future. She was also given an appointment to a MIND session at her GP Practice for mental health support.

Rani enjoyed meeting new people at the knit and natter group and her daughter had a lovely time mixing with other children at the play and stay session. She is much happier with her life and is grateful for the support she has received.

“The social prescribing service is excellent, five stars! I am really happy and I have enjoyed going to the sewing classes and MIND. I feel like they will really help me. I really like Asia, she has been very helpful, remembering me and made me feel like someone is looking out for me.  I will be continuing to attend the activities.”

Rani has continued to see Asia to discuss options about finding employment, living in her own home and looking for nursery for her daughter. She was directed to Get Oldham Working for help to find a job and Asia will refer her to early help to support her with housing and nursery support.

A community minded workforce

We want everyone working in Oldham to think with an even stronger community mind-set and work better across organisational boundaries so people can access the right type of support earlier in the care pathway.  This is not only the responsibility of our  public sector workforce (doctors, social workers, nurses, police etc). We need to empower everyone who engages with our most vulnerable residents to connect them to community resources. These could be the takeaway workers, off licence owners, hairdressers and taxi drivers.  We want to support those who want to help their community by giving them the skills to become community connectors so that they can direct people to the support they need.

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