Social Prescribing




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Our Social Prescribing service is delivered by Southmead Development Trust


Our Social Prescribing Link Workers can assist with a range of issues, which could include:

  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Isolation
  • Finances
  • Loneliness
  • Being a carer
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Mobility
  • Pain
  • Long term health conditions

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What is Social Prescribing?

It is a free service linking patients to extra services and support within the local community and Bristol.

How does it work?

A referral is made to a Link Worker who will make contact with you to arrange a time to meet. You can access up to six 1-1 sessions based at your GP practice. These sessions usually last 45 minutes. Together we can:

  • Explore what is important for your health and wellbeing.
  • Identify the local activities and services you can benefit from.
  • Gain support and encouragement to start using services that can help you. 

How can it help?


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We can link you with many services and community support groups.

These may include: 

  • Arts, gardening and creative activities
  • Befriending, counselling and specialist Mental health support
  • Education and learning
  • Employment, training and volunteering
  • Housing, benefits and financial support and advice
  • Physical activities and healthy eating

The Next Steps

  • Ask your GP or practice staff to refer you to ‘Social Prescribing’. You can also self-refer.
  • A Link Worker will make contact by phone to set up a first appointment to meet. During the first meeting you can discuss and share issues and concerns you wish to resolve.
  • Together you can find ways to access services, resources and groups across North Bristol. This may include further sessions or practical help to attend groups or activities.


Please contact your own GP practice if you wish to enquire about social prescribing.


Further information and helpful links