What does it do?
- Links patients referred by their GP to voluntary and community sector support, to supplement their NHS care.
- reduces social isolation by connecting people to activities and groups which are relevant to them
- improves mental and physical health and wellbeing
- reduces the demand on core NHS services
How does it do this?
- A Coordinator assesses patients’ wider needs, and gives information and support to enable them to access other services
- We help patients find community groups and activities, for example linking:
- people at risk of obesity sign up to local exercise activities
- elderly people who are lonely to local social activities and clubs
- people with mental health difficulties to therapies, creative or gardening groups
- people with long term conditions to peers and groups which aid self management
Touchstone is a partner in two Social Prescribing programmes in West Yorkshire:
- Connect for Health – in South and East Leeds
- Better In Kirklees – in partnership with Yorkshire Sport Foundation