What is it?
Community Referral is about supporting the health and wellbeing of people through spending time linking a person into local supports and activities. A Link Worker will meet with a person and spend time talking to them about what activities they are interested in, explore hobbies and the benefits of participating in them, and will assist and support a person in attending these activities. Community Referral involves linking a person into community-based activities and supports, such as exercise, art, reading and gardening. Community Referral is Free of charge.
Who is it for?
Anyone who is over 18. The programme is for you if you feel that you need some support to mind your health and wellbeing or if you feel isolated, stressed, anxious, lonely, depressed or enjoy the company of others. Using resources within the community will help you benefit from meeting other people or taking part in a new activity.
How it Works:
Your GP or other health practitioner will refer you to the Link Worker if you are suitable for the programme, or you can self-refer. The Link Worker will meet you to discuss your needs and the various Community Referral options available. You will begin your chosen activity with support. The Link Worker will meet with you after a number of sessions to discuss how you are getting on and your interest in continuing with your new activity.
Provides you with opportunities to:
- ✓ Learn a new skill or participate in a new activity
- ✓ Improve your mental and physical health
- ✓ Meet new people
- ✓ Receive social support from others
- ✓ Increase self-confidence and self-esteem
- ✓ Become involved in your community
The health and wellbeing Community Referral is based in family Resource Centres and a Community Development Project. These are all listed in the main menu at the top of the page under “Community Referral”