Strengths-based Social Prescribing
For someone managing a long-term health condition, it can be tough. A person may have taken all the routes they believe are available to them, yet still haven’t found the support they want. It can be an isolating time, which can make a person feel defined by a diagnosis.
Social prescribing can link people with vital community support, helping them find more effective ways to improve their health and well-being, and reducing their demand for medical services which may not be able to help them. It works, but in some areas it is limited. Less effective social prescribing:
- Relies too heavily on ‘signposting’ – often to stretched services
- Isn’t based on an evidence-based health coaching model
- Is delivered by people who lack coaching skills and training
Why strengths-based social prescribing?
Mayday strengths-based approach to social prescribing combines three kinds of support:
- Strengths-based coaching led by the individual
- Connecting community and personal budgets
- Support to challenge and change what doesn’t work