What is social prescribing?

Social prescribing, which is often known as a community referral, allows health professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services, such as adult education.

At the WEA, we have a long history of working with adults who are dealing with life’s challenges, and we often find that social prescribing can help alleviate these issues.

Social prescribing has always been part of the WEA offer.

We recognise that adult education can be a great option when looking at social prescribing routes, as it helps people make positive life choices, as well as helping to improve mental and physical health.

Our research, as seen in our WEA Impact Report, demonstrates that of those who had taken part in a WEA course:

Image showing 87% of WEA learners make on average one less GP visit versus the national average, 61% said it improved their mental health, and 94% said WEA courses help keep their mind active

We work with social prescribing Link Workers to provide support to patients referred from their GP or health care professional, community connectors, health providers and voluntary and community sector organisation.

We do this by providing non-clinical support to adults within the community.

Our social prescribing package consists of a choice of offers designed to protect and enhance wellbeing.

They range from mental health, physical well-being to digital skills and safety. We are always looking to enhance, adapt and grow our offer.

If you wish to discuss your needs further, then please contact Nick Howard, National Partnerships Manager on 07825 111536, or complete the webform below.

Social prescribing

Physical Health Offer

Aims to improve health and wellbeing through a wide range of physical and practical activities.

  • Healthy Living
  • Cooking on a budget
  • Gentle Exercise
  • Yoga

Digital Support for Wellbeing Offer

Helps to develop confidence online, and helps with learning and employment.

  • Accessing services
  • IT Skills
  • Safety online

Mental Health Offer

Supports those with low level mental health issues and we offer bespoke learning services for those with more serious mental health issues.

  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Communications & connections
  • Crafting for well-being


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