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Join our Health Tree Social Prescribing Day celebration on 10 March

Posted on: 7 March 2022

Our Social Prescribing Service will be taking part in a role play workshop as part of the Health Tree ‘Social Prescribing Day Celebration’ on Thursday 10 March. 

Demonstrating that treatment need not come in the form of a pill, the GP Care Group-run Social Prescribing service is inviting local residents to come together to celebrate how social prescribing works in Tower Hamlets. 

The Health Tree Social Prescribing Day Celebration event, taking place at the Brady Centre on 10 March between 11.30am - 2.30pm, is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wishes to learn more about social prescribing. Come along to meet the team and partners of The Health Tree project, find out what role arts plays in improving health and learn about successful social prescribing projects in Tower Hamlets. Attendees will also get to enjoy a free lunch! 

Register to attend here


A reminder of what Social Prescribing is all about…

Social Prescribing is a Tower Hamlets service that aims to address the social factors affecting health and wellbeing by connecting local residents to non-medical support available within the borough. 

People often visit their GP practice/ healthcare services for reasons other than medical issues, as they might not know where to access support for wider social issues such as a financial problem or the need to build social connections. Such concerns can have a significant impact on people’s health and wellbeing.   

Examples of issues Social Prescribers assist residents with: 

  • Mental Wellbeing (anxiety, low mood, stress, social isolation)
  • Physical Wellbeing (exercise, healthy eating, weight management)
  • Financial Problems
  • Housing Support
  • Employment Support
  • Carers Support 

Who can be referred? 

The Social Prescribing Service is open to all residents living in and registered with a GP practice in Tower Hamlets. This includes referrals made for children and young people, where we work with parents or primary carers (considering confidentiality & child safeguarding concerns) offering access to services that support the individual and the family unit.

Patients impacted by COVID-19

The pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental wellbeing of residents, and its effects on people living with long term conditions is well known, resulting in a long back log of appointments. The various lockdowns have restricted social interactions and physical activity, which may have had compounding effects on residents health and wellbeing or led directly to new issues. 

We encourage colleagues to refer patients impacted by mental wellbeing concerns and/or long term conditions to the social prescribing service if required.’

For any enquiries, please contact the team: [javascript protected email address]

Use our Self-Referral form to contact a Social prescriber.