Back on the bus with help from Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing

Staying at home during COVID-19 restrictions left many residents feeling lonely and anxious. Mr A reached out for help after these restrictions left him feeling anxious to go out. He found it difficult to use the bus, go shopping or even go out into his garden.

Rescued by Rebecca

Mr A was referred to the Social Prescribing team where he expressed his concerns and anxieties. Link Worker Rebecca worked with Mr A to set goals and build his confidence on his road to recovery.

Visiting a busy supermarket was frightening for Mr A so after discussing with Rebecca, he went back to the supermarket at a quieter time and with some encouragement, he managed to accomplish one of his goals by going inside. His next goal was to travel into town on the bus.

In comes Hannah

To support his progress, Rebecca connected him to local groups and with Community Co-ordinator, Hannah. With encouragement from Hannah, Mr A was able to travel on the bus and go into town independently to buy much needed paint for a house redecoration.

Leaps and bounds

Mr A is doing very well and has praised the Social Prescribing team saying he would still be stuck in his house without the support. He enjoys attending coffee and chat groups and has been signposted to more community groups to help him combat loneliness.

With Rebecca’s support, Mr A has travelled to Leeds by train and is planning a trip to York too. When asked, he rated his confidence in trying new things as 9/10.

Join our team

Could you help others like Rebecca does? Being a Link Worker is a rewarding and varied role. If you have experience of coaching, providing personalised care and/or working in a social or community setting, please apply for our Social Prescribing Link Worker role.