COVID-19 UPDATE Social Prescribing Plus
TDC’s Social Prescribing Plus service for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities is open and operating remotely.
Our face to face meetings supporting clients have been replaced by phone or online methods. Please contact us through telephone, email and WhatsApp. We are also offering video calls with clients.
We are supporting clients to identify their needs and linking them to resources and local services including crisis support, telephone support, useful websites and apps.
We are proactively contacting vulnerable clients to offer well-being calls.
Social isolation, loneliness, depression, work and unemployment, language and cultural barriers can make you unwell.
If you are from a BAME background, TDC are offering dedicated support in your area to help you.
What is Social Prescribing Plus?
Social Prescribing Plus (formerly known as Community Navigation Plus) is a free-of-charge social prescribing service in Brighton and Hove that links people to community services and groups to improve health and wellbeing across the city.
Social Prescribers work with individuals to help them identify and access local groups and services and find information relevant to them. They can make arrangements on the client’s behalf as necessary, fill in forms, make appointments and follow up on these whilst offering support throughout.
The service is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and focuses on non-clinical issues which affect health and wellbeing.
TDC are proud to be partnering with Impetus to deliver this service to people from BAME communities.
What can Social Prescribing help with?
Many of life’s problems can make you unwell:
- Isolation and loneliness
- Anxiety, stress and depression
- Housing, money and benefits issues
- Work and unemployment
- Lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and weight loss
- Language and cultural barriers
Social Prescribing will help refer you to services which can help you feel better. These might include:
- Groups, befriending and social activities
- Housing benefits, financial support and advice
- Employment, training and volunteering
- Healthy lifestyle advice and physical activity
The service is confidential and provided by fully trained Social prescribers. Patient permission is sought before any information is shared with third party community services
How can I be referred to Social Prescribing Plus?
Our service is available to people from BAME backgrounds upon referral or self-referral.
Social Prescribing usually occurs via referral from a GP but with Social Prescribing Plus, individuals are able to self-refer direct to our Social Prescriber or be referred from another member of our team or another group or organisation we work with.
Our qualified Community Development team have extensive experience working with BAME communities. They will meet people one to one to work with them and find ways to improve their health and wellbeing. Get in touch for a free informal chat and our team can help connect you to people or groups to improve your wellbeing.
Having received a referral, our BAME link workers will:-
- Contact you for an initial phone conversation
- Come and meet you at your local community centre or at a place convenient to you
- Spend time to understand the issues you’re facing
- Discuss a variety of local services to support you – free of charge services if possible
- Help you access the services to get the support you need
If you are 18+, living in Brighton and Hove and from a BME background:
- Call or email one of our team directly to self-refer, or
- Ask your local Community Development Worker to make a referral on your behalf
Get in touch for a free informal chat with one of our Link Workers and we can help CONNECT you to people or groups to improve your wellbeing.
Sayanti Banerjee – BAME Bengali-speaking Link Worker
[email protected] | 07533 011 417
Maha Mustafa – BAME Arabic-speaking Link Worker
[email protected] | 07445 183 142
Louise Yu – BAME Cantonese-/ Mandarin-speaking Link Worker
[email protected] | 07378 100 557