Social Prescribing Team

Put a SPRING in your step on the 12th March in Lisburn City Library from 10 am to 1 pm and join Resurgam Healthy Living Centre to celebrate Social Prescribing Day and SPRING social Prescribing’s First Birthday in the Lisburn area.

People from across Northern Ireland are coming together to celebrate the benefits of Social Prescribing, connecting people to support and services in their community to improve their health and wellbeing in partnership with Health Care and in the Lisburn area this includes  General Practice and Primary Care teams in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust area.

Resurgam Healthy Living Centre will celebrate SPRINGS First Birthday and Social Prescribing Day in Lisburn City Library from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

We are part of the £3.5 million SPRING Social Prescribing project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.  Social Prescribing connects health professionals, people and communities providing support to improve outcomes at a pace that meets the persons needs.   Issues being supported can include addressing loneliness, support for people living with anxiety, low mood or mild depression, promoting physical activity, access to advice services or support for living with a health condition.

Nichola Smyth, Social Prescribing Coordinator for Resurgam Health Living Centre has said: “I provide people who are referred to SPRING with one to one support in the community for a range of emotional or practical needs. Social prescribing empowers people to make decisions about their own health and connects them to suitable programmes and services in the community such as; social cafes, tai chi classes, pain support programmes, support for managing mood, or physical activity programmes.”

“It is the person centred approach that makes a difference we focus on people’s strengths, what they are interested in and try to support them to do more of what they enjoy, access support to manage their conditions or to socialise, connect with others in their communities all of which we can see makes a difference to their health and wellbeing.”

The Resurgam Healthy Living Centre together with Healthy Living Centre Alliance partner Poleglass Community Association at Sally Gardens will join health care professionals, providers of social prescriptions and members of our communities some of who are participants in SPRING to celebrate SPRING’s First Birthday on Social Prescribing Day and the difference Social Prescribing is having in our communities.

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Notes:

The SPRING Social Prescribing Project is a partnership between Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum, the Healthy Living Centre Alliance and Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing. There are 30 community-led health organisations across Northern Ireland and Scotland. There are 10 delivery partners in Scotland and 5 Northern Ireland partners with 20 delivery partners.

Picture details Jodie Portis (Resurgam’s Healthy Living Advisor), Gillian Lewis (Resurgam’s Healthy Living Manager) and Nichola Smyth (Social Prescribing Coordinator for Resurgam Health Living Centre)