Midleton Family Resource Centre

What is Social Prescribing?

Social Prescribing is a free service available to anyone over the age of 18 years who would like to improve their quality of life. The aim of Social Prescribing is to link people into non-medical sources of support within their community so as to help them to improve and take greater control of their health and wellbeing.


Who is Social Prescribing for?

The service is particularly powerful for those who are lonely, socially isolated, managing a chronic illness and/or living with mild or long-term mental health challenges such as anxiety, stress or depression.

The service is suitable for adults who are wanting change and want to make a positive step forward with support. For the best results, it is important that those who are referred to the service are willing participants and are positive about improving their health and wellbeing.


What are the benefits of Social Prescribing?

Improved health and activity, improved wellbeing, more socially connected, make new friends


Who is the East Cork Social Prescriber?

Edel Irwin is your East Cork Social Prescriber. She is based in Midleton FRC and provides service to Midleton, Youghal and surrounding areas. You are most welcome to contact Edel on 085 862 5320 or socialprescribing@midletonfrc.com and she would be happy to answer any questions or tell you a little bit more about the service.


What will our Social Prescriber do?

Our Social Prescriber aims to bridge the gap between you and the service/ support you need. We will spend time talking about you and what matters to you. Your priorities might be to meet new people, learn a new skill, take up exercise, access local supports or further your education. Each individual plan is client led and our Social Prescriber facilitates access to support services or community connections identified by the person they are working with.


Examples of supports and services available

  • Social groups: e.g. Men’s Shed, Community Garden, Women’s Group
  • Support groups: e.g. Mental Health, Domestic Violence, Therapeutic Support
  • Physical activities: e.g. a Walking Group, Zuma Class
  • Hobbies: e.g. an Arts and Craft Group
  • General Information on Services


How do I make a referral?

Social Prescribing can be accessed by self-referring or being referred by your GP or any other health and community professional by either contacting your local Social Prescriber or completing the form on this page.


Midleton Family Resource Centre,
Old Youghal Road,
Co. Cork
P25 WP38
Edel Irwin
085 862 5320

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