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Social Prescribing

What is Social Prescribing?

“Social prescribing involves helping patients to improve their health, well-being and social welfare by connecting them to community services which might be run by the council or a local charity.” NHS England

More than 1 in 4 patients see their doctor for purely social problems and welfare advice.

Our Services

Gosport Voluntary Action delivers a number of life-changing Social Prescribing Projects including Surgery Signposting, VoluntHeroes and our Services for Older People delivered as part of the Close Encounters project.

Hants & IOW Social Prescribing Network

Co-ordinated by Gosport Voluntary Action and Community First Wessex, the Hampshire and IOW Social Prescribing Network was established in 2017. There are now 4 free meetings per year countywide, as well as interim Social Prescribing updates. The Network is funded by Hampshire’s Clinical Commissioning Groups and has 130 members who deliver, commission, or provide services for or support social prescribing projects countywide.


Previous Network Meeting PowerPoint

Previous Network Meeting Minutes

Network Agenda for 11 February meeting

2019 Network Update

Organisation Contact Information form

To register or for more information contact Lin Dudman:-

A Social Prescribing Extract from the NHS Long Term Plan

  • Within 5 years 2.5m more people will benefit from Social Prescribing
  • Range of support will diversify
  • Link Workers within Primary Care Networks will develop tailored plans and link their clients to local clubs & societies
  • There will be 1000+ trained Link Workers by 2020/21
  • Aim is for over 900,000 referrals to Social Prescribing schemes

Download the Social Prescribing and Community-Based Support Summary Guide here.

Hampshire & IoW Social Prescribing Network Webinar
‘How Social Prescribing & Local Services are Adapting to COVID-19?’
Tuesday 19 May 2020, 1pm – 2.30pm

The Hants & IoW Social Prescribing Network held its first ever Webinar on Tuesday 19 May 2020. The event was attended by 43 delegates (attendance list). There was a regional Social Prescribing update from GVA & Community First. There were also a series of short presentations from:

  • Hampshire County Council
  • Citizens Advice Hampshire
  • Age Concern Hampshire
  • British Red Cross
  • Hants & IOW Partnership of CCG
  • Three local Social Prescribers/Health Coaches, giving updates on how their roles have changed during the COVID-19 period

The webinar is available to watch online here:

Additional Resources:

Paul Bright, Chief Executive at Citizens Advice Hampshire outlines how NHS staff in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight can refer patients to the Home and Well NHS Direct Referral Service.


Home and Well advisor Lorraine explains how she helps people solve problems.


If you would like to register for the next Hants & IoW Webinar or would like more information, please email Lin Dudman on


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Age Concern Gosport

NHS England Social Prescribing

The Social Prescribing Network, including news and events














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