Social Prescribing


What is Social Prescribing?

Our social prescribing link workers aim to empower you to take charge of your health and well-being. They can help you find local support and activities to improve how you feel in a way that suits you.

They offer practical help and advice. They work with Islington Council, NHS, and voluntary organisations to connect you to tailored resources.

What could a Social Prescribing Link Worker support you with?

  • Housing, benefits, financial support and advice
  • Finances and debt
  • Creative and outdoor activities
  • Befriending, counselling and other support groups
  • Involvement in local groups and activities
  • Healthy lifestyle and physical activity
  • Social and learning opportunities
  • Work, training and volunteering
  • Education and learning

What are the benefits?

  • Reduced isolation and loneliness
  • Lower stress and anxiety
  • Improve quality of life
  • More motivation, mood and energy
  • More confidence
  • Finding local activities and services, and help you access them
  • Have a more active lifestyle

How do I get an appointment with a Social Prescribing Link Worker?

You can contact us via an online eConsult form to ask for a referral to a social prescribing link worker. Please speak to our reception team if you are having trouble with this.

To provide you with the best possible care, the link worker would like to access your medical records. They will only do this if you give consent for this when you are referred to them.

The link worker will call you within 5 working days from the referral date to discuss your referral.
They may suggest meeting you either at your GP practice or another local venue.

How do I self-refer to Social Prescribing Link Worker?

You can refer yourself to a social prescribing link worker if you are over 16 years old, by calling AgeUK Islington on 0207 281 6018. If you self-refer the link worker will not have access to your medical record.

If you’re aged 11-25, you can refer yourself to Lift for Young People’s Social Prescribing services: