You will be taking referrals from the GPs in your network. (And if your social prescribing service already takes referrals from other local agencies, you will take referrals from them too.) You will spend time with the people referred to you, building trusting relationships, listening carefully to what matters to people and what motivates them.
Where people are isolated or lonely, it may be helpful for you to visit them at home.
You will work with individuals to create a shared plan based on what matters to them, to help them take control of their health and wellbeing. You will help them to connect with community and voluntary groups locally, supporting them to make their own choices and help them build confidence to cope with social situations, such as community group meetings.
You will also be working with partners to increase community capacity. Where local infrastructure agencies exist, such as councils for voluntary service (CVSs), they will provide development support to the local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.
You should connect with them and help them identify and meet development needs of local community groups and organisations. It is also important that you work in partnership with local community workers, local area oordinators and whatever roles are in place locally. Together you will be able to share information about what training is available for small voluntary and community groups. Together, you will be able to nurture community groups and assets to help them become sustainable.