Social Prescribing in Cheshire

Social prescribing has many benefits for people of all ages, interests, abilities, health conditions and living in all types of communities.

If you would like to gain more choice, control and enjoyment in your life please contact your GP Surgery and ask to be referred to your Link Worker or Social Prescriber.

Social prescribing is all about what will benefit you!


Social Isolation, Loneliness and Health

We know that loneliness and social isolation have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of older people.The combined negative effects of loneliness and social isolation include everything from increased risks of dementia, mental health problems and falls, to increased recovery times, A&E admissions and GP visits.

“Loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: research shows that lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”

Holt-Lunstad, 2010

Brightlife originally delivered four schemes for social prescribing in Cheshire West, in two villages (Malpas and Tarporley), town (Winsford) and a city (Chester).

We supported people to manage the transition between formal healthcare and community services in these areas, helping older people to discover what they can do and what they enjoy, and allowing them to rebuild their own social support networks.

“Community engagement can support people to lead an active, healthy life and flourish, adding meaning, connections, social elements and a sense of worth”

Steptoe S and Fancourt D (2018). Community group membership and multidimensional subjective well-being in older age. J Epidemiol Community Health


Information on Social Prescribing


What is Social Prescribing


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Episode 2: Diagnosing loneliness

When it comes to visiting a GP, sometimes all we need is a pill, an injection or a simple pat on the back… But how does diagnosing a patient who’s feeling lonely differ to the usual clientele passing through a doctor’s doors?

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