Cornwall Link volunteers from across the region are doing a fantastic job of growing the online directory which includes over 500 community activities – everything from yoga classes to knitting clubs and community transport schemes. The aim of the Cornwall Link is to reduce social isolation and improve health and wellbeing within communities. Since we launched the Cornwall Link in December, Age UK Cornwall and Isles of Scilly have seen a sharp increase in the number of individuals, carers, family members and healthcare professionals accessing support via the online directory. Their new ‘guided conversation’ feature asks users questions about their home, health, wellbeing, and interests and provides relevant suggestions based on support needs and location.
We are now embarking on a major (Creative England funded) project to deliver a more effective, holistic and ‘person-centred’ social prescribing model; whereby an individual’s ‘needs’ are matched with the communities ‘offer’, and where a detailed picture of an individual’s social interactions can help social prescribing navigators and GPs to record the progress that individuals make. We believe this project will transform social prescribing.