Volunteers are required to support a Social Prescribing pilot run by North Bank Forum and funded through the Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Building Health Partnership (BHP)
Social Prescribing volunteers work with local GP surgeries to help patients with social, emotional or practical needs, to develop stronger social networks which increase access to friends, family and support.
Social Prescribing volunteers offer encouragement, advice and practical support to assist patients to access a range of non-clinical services, often provided by the Voluntary and Community Sector, such as social groups, befriending and training opportunities, in their local area.
If you are interested in making a real difference and have a free morning or afternoon a week please we would like to hear from you.
1 What is Social Prescribing?
Social Prescribing aims to help people improve their own health and wellbeing by referring them to community based services.
Patients are referred by the GP and usually are regular or frequent attenders, affected by social isolation, loneliness or low level mental health needs. Benefits of Social Prescribing to the patient include improved self-esteem and confidence, improved health and a better social life.
Benefits to the NHS include fewer visits to the GP, reduced prescription costs, fewer hospital admissions and outpatient appointments.
2 How are volunteers involved?
Volunteers are matched with GP surgeries to offer half day sessions, usually weekly, to meet patients for up to an hour, to help them access activities and resources in the voluntary and community sector.
3 What training and support do volunteers receive?
Social Prescribing volunteers will receive a half day training course for this role. Ongoing support and supervision will be offered by our Volunteer Co-ordinator who will be in regular contact with you throughout your volunteering.
Agreed out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
4 How do I get involved?
If you are interested in becoming a Social Prescribing volunteer please see the Volunteering task description and complete the application form below which should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like further information please contact Julie Smith on 01482 499034 or text 07936 118 341 and she will get back to you