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Social Prescribing

What is social prescribing?

Social prescribing involves helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to community services which might be run by the council or a local charity.

We want to make you aware of the services that are already available to you:

  • Ways to Wellbeing– Is a Social Prescribing Service that recognises that issues such as social isolation, physical inactivity, being a carer or having debt impact on an individual’s mental and physical health but do not have a medical solution.  We provide a connecting service and work to support individuals to find solutions within their community.  We have appointments at Acomb and 32 Clifton on alternate Friday’s.  Please speak to your GP for more information.
  • Musical Connections– Every Wednesday 13:30-15:00 (term time only) at Tower Court and every Monday 13.00 – 14.00 (term time only) in Acomb Music & singing for enjoyment, health & well-being.  If you attend the Acomb session and book transport with Fleetways taxi you can get free travel arranged.
  • Citizen Advice Bureau– You can talk to Citizens Advice about benefits, work, debt and money, consumer issues, housing, family and relationships, law and courts, immigration and health.  Clinics are held at Tower Court alternate Wednesday’s 10.00 – 13.00 and Thursday afternoons and Acomb Tuesday afternoons and alternate Wednesdays 10:00-13:00 (please speak to your PCC’s to book an appointment). 
  • Alzheimer's Society- Monthly clinics at Tower Court, last Tuesday of the month, 13.00-16.00 offering support to patients affected by memory loss or dementia and also support for their family or carers.
  • Employment Support Service– is your health condition preventing you accessing, remaining or returning to work?  Kelley our Health and Disability Employment Adviser is available for advice at the weekly clinic run at Acomb 09.00 – 16.00.
  • Talking Point – Talking Points provide the opportunity for people to have face to face conversations with adult social care staff in a community setting. We offer advice, information and support in relation to adult social care. We will be providing a weekly drop in at Monkgate on a Wednesday between 2pm-3pm or appointments between 3pm and 5pm. To book an appointment please call 01904 555111.

  • York Women’s Counselling– Are you worried that you or someone you care about are showing signs of disordered eating patterns?  A free women only 18+ counselling service is provided by a BACP Registered Counsellor at The Priory Street Centre every Monday 09.00 – 15.30.  Please contact Rebecca on 07849 368140 for further information.

  • In-House Counselling– York Medical Group provides an in-house counselling service run by a range of counsellors, including some completing counselling diplomas.  The counsellors are volunteers and not employed by the practice but are all supervised in line with regulatory guidelines.  Please speak to your GP for further information or a referral.   
  • Health Checks– if you are aged between 40-74 and do not suffer with a long term condition you may receive a text message inviting you for a health check, this service is provided by York City Council.