What is Social Prescribing? It is a communinty approach to health and well being.SPRING is the Healthy Living Alliances' Social Prescribing Programme being delivered through its network of Healthy Living Centres.The West Armagh Consortium Healthy Living Centre,based at Sherrys Sports Complex is part of that network and where our local SPRING social prescriber is based.
The West Armagh Consotium is a member of the Southern Regional Healthy Living Centre Alliance and is the base for the SPRING Social Prescribing Programme in Armagh.The Southern Region HLCA now employs five social prescribers.Some other programmes being deliverd by the consortium include a 12 week Pain Management Course and Yoga Taster Sessions. Social prescribing provides a comprehensive approach to health.Working in conjunction with GPs and other Primary Health Care Professionals. Its' aim is to help people cope with issues without the need to rely on medical intervention. Working on a referral basis via primary health care professionals, the initial step is for the social pescriber to meet with the client and together agreed on a plan of action. Then using community based programmes that plan is acted upon. Where SPRING differs from other programes is that that is not the end of the matter as far as the client and social prescriber are conerned. A plan may be rolled out over several weeks and indeed months if necessary. During this period the social prescriber will remain in contact with their client assisting with the delivery of the agreed plan.This differs from other programmes insor that it does not just signpost people in the direction of help. The project is funded by the Big Lottery Community Fund .