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Social prescribing project launched at Café 1759

Monday, 16 July 2018

Social prescribing project launched at Café 1759

Residents in Whitehill and Bordon, one of the country’s ten new ‘Healthy Towns’, will soon be able to access even more services from Radian’s Café 1759 thanks to a new project.

Working with Dr Anthony Leung, from Badgerswood Surgery, we are introducing the concept of social prescribing to the café, which links residents to non-clinical sources of support in their community. This will see GP surgeries linking with health and wellbeing activities already taking place at the café and in the wider community.

Instead of receiving a prescription for the pharmacy, patients will receive a social prescription. This could be used to join a hobby group, take part in an activity or simply volunteer. While this may not be appropriate for everyone, it could help those with mild anxiety or long-term conditions that make social activities difficult.

Everyday the NHS carries out 5,000 more operations, looks after 1,400 more mental health patients, and treats 130 more cancer patients than it did six years ago.

“We are increasingly providing homes for those in need of greater support, while the rental revenue stream underpinning our work is reduced through the impact of welfare reform. This places both housing organisations and the NHS with a significant strategic opportunity,” says Ralph Facey, Executive Director of Partnerships and Projects at Radian.

“Here at Radian we recognise the need to support our residents and invest long-term in our communities. Café 1759 is already helping to reduce social isolation and has proven extremely popular with the local community. The social prescribing project builds on this further.”

Cita Jagot, Communities and Involvement Manager at Radian, adds: "We want to support collaborative working with partners in the area to improve the access to services and support residents to stay healthy. By joining up housing and health, we help our residents to be as healthy as they can be and in turn reduce the burden on the NHS."

Radian has partnered with Elemental Software to deliver the project. Jennifer Neff, Co-found Elemental, says: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the team at Radian to support the development of this innovative project that will enable staff to quickly and easily create social prescriptions and monitor the real impact of their health and wellbeing investment.”

Elemental’s Social Prescribing software will be used to directly refer residents to services and support available in the local community, including Café 1759. The platform enables staff to monitor and track the progress of their social prescribing efforts, allowing them to evidence and report on the impact of community health and well-being activities in the community.

For more information, please contact Kate Dench, Community Development Officer, by emailing kate.dench@radian.co.uk or calling 023 8062 8170.