Friday the 8th of October 2021 is Social Prescribing Link Worker Day. The day is to celebrate and showcase the Social Prescribing Link Workers' impact and role in creatively disrupting inequalities and powering up integrated care.
This year we spoke to some of the wonderful Social Prescribing Link Workers in Tameside about their role and experience of being a Link Worker.
Sue - Social Prescribing Officer for Denton, Audenshaw and Droylsden in Tameside
Abby - Primary Care Link Worker for Stalybridge, Mossley and Dukinfield in Tameside
What does your organisation do?
Action Together CIO is the infrastructure organisation for the voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector in Oldham, Rochdale, and Tameside. We connect people with what’s happening in their community, develop community ideas into action, strengthen local organisations, and provide strategic influence for the charity and voluntary sector. We deliver locally focused projects including the Tameside Social Prescribing Service that links people with long term health conditions to VCFE groups when their support need is not medical in nature.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Sue – "Having the time available to get to know people and allowing our referrals to feel listened to. It is great to find out what people want their lives to be like, and supporting them to recognise that it is believable, drawing out what their skills and strengths are and having the ability to look deeper than their medical condition."
Abby - "Helping the people I support to recognise the skills they hold, that they potentially didn’t know they had, or the value and use of these skills. Alongside, identifying the achievements people have made, no matter how small they may appear, to that person the small steps can be significant and may be something that hasn’t been celebrated before"
On Social Prescribing Link Workers Day we would like to thank all of the Link Workers across Tameside & Glossop for the amazing work that they do each day.
Please find some fantastic Social Prescribing Case Studies attached under the 'Downloads' section on the left hand side of this page.
To refer yourself into Social Prescribing, please visit: https://www.actiontogether.org.uk/tameside-social-prescribing