A better Medway

Our social prescribing service for the over 65s has been launched in a bid to reduce social isolation in Medway.

Social prescribing is a way of linking primary care patients with support in the community.

Link workers will help service users find groups and activities in their local area and support them to become more socially active.

The Connected Communities project:

  • promotes support for older people who are rurally and/or socially isolated to help manage their health and wellbeing and to stay independent
  • has a Social Prescribing Plus model supporting isolated or at risk groups by improving access to health and wellbeing services and facilities
  • will improve wellbeing and independence which may reduce or delay the need for more formal health and wider care service
  • is a 4 year cross-border project with 9 partners from the UK and France working together and sharing knowledge and ideas
  • seeks to change the way services are delivered and refer users to a range of multi-sector partners and initiatives

The Connected Communities project is co-financed with European Regional Development Funding through the Interreg France Channel England Programme.

The project has received €4.63 million ERDR Funding through the Interreg France Channel England Programme. The total budget is €6.75 million.

The partners are:

  • Suffolk County Council
  • East Suffolk Council
  • University of Essex
  • Département de L'Eure en Normandie
  • Medway Council
  • Kent County Council
  • Oise Le Département

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