Social prescribing is a non-medical approach to dealing with health issues. It is increasingly recognised that physical and social environments have a significant impact on people’s lives, and often the best prescriptions for patients from GPs are non-clinical ones. These often take the form of GPs referring patients to voluntary and community sector-operated schemes, which are usually funded by Clinical Commissioning Groups and other healthcare providers.

Social prescribing interventions often include the following:

  • Condition management programmes(providing support in areas such as education, pain management, exercise, emotional support, self-help groups)
  • Health and well-being activities (interactive craft groups, music groups, community gardening etc.)
  • Access to employment, education or community participation (e.g. group work, social activities, training, etc.) 
  • Emotional and practical support (through peer mentoring, befriending, dementia cafes, etc.)
  • Specific support for carers (such as short breaks, emotional support, advice and guidance, etc.)
  • Volunteering opportunities(as peer mentors, befrienders) 

For more information, see our briefing on social prescribing

Social prescribing Map of the North West

Following the briefing, we have produced an interactive map of social prescribing projects across the North West. We will update the map as further projects are announced.

You can hover over a pin for a project summary, and click on each pin for details.


Get in touch

Sam Popper
VSNW Policy & Development Officer
0161 276 9300
0161 276 9300