Family Action - NE Hants & Farnham Social Prescribing Project

Volunteer Enablers & Befrienders - posted 13/11/2020

Social prescribing is about giving someone access to activities, social groups, services and advice within the community based on their needs and interests. The aim is to improve their sense of wellbeing, which in turn can often have a positive impact on their health. It doesn’t replace the medical role a GP plays but is an addition to the service they provide.

Once someone is referred to our service a Wellbeing Coordinator will work with the client to identify their needs, interests and goals. Enabler and Befriender volunteers are then a vital part of supporting a client to achieve these goals through a variety of ways. Volunteers will work with a client for 1-3 hours per week over a period of 3-6 months to support them in their pre-defined goals, this could include:

    • Accompanying to activities and groups within the community and encouragement to engage
    • Meeting in a park or café to have a chat
    • Assisting with shopping
    • Support with accessing public transport
    • Promoting services within the local community and sign posting to local services
    • Assistance with planning and preparing meals
    • Support with day-to-day tasks such as scheduling appointments, form-filling
    • Assistance with practical tasks such as sorting belongings or clearing old paperwork
    • Support in learning basic IT skills, e.g. how to use the internet or video call
    • A telephone call once a week to chat and provide emotional support

We are looking for volunteers aged 18+ of all backgrounds who are able to communicate effectively, have a desire to help others and a positive approach to life!

Family Action offers out of pocket expenses and regular supervision, guidance and support. Activities take place across the NE Hampshire and Farnham area. You will be matched to a client within your locality.

Mission Statement

The overarching aims of Family Action's Social Prescribing service in North East Hampshire and Farnham are to:

  • Improve health and wellbeing outcomes for residents in the area
  • Reduce inappropriate demand for health and social services
  • Enable residents to be proactive in managing their own health and wellbeing
  • Help people to access the right support
  • Be accessible to as many people as possible within the community