Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing is a project of MVSC working in partnership with the Merton Clinical Commissioning Group, Merton Council, Merton GP Practices and the voluntary and community sector. The service supports people aged 18 and over in identifying what they think are their main needs and goals and works up a plan to meet these.

There are lots of resources and services across Merton that can support people with meeting others, learning new skills, try different activities, make positive lifestyle changes, get out and about and help manage their health better. Social Prescribing helps find these as where to look can sometimes get in people’s way.

Some of the areas people have been informed, connected or referred to services that can help have included:

  • Benefits advice
  • Budgeting
  • Befriending
  • Bereavement support
  • Employability support programmes
  • Exercise sessions
  • Health walks
  • Informal carers support
  • Social activities
  • Support groups (eg, diabetes)
  • Transport (eg, dial-a-ride)
  • Volunteering

Where can you access this service?
There are presently 9 Social Prescribing Coordinators who work across Merton GP Practices. The following practices host the social prescribing service on at least one day a week:

  • Alexandra Surgery
  • Central Medical Centre
  • Colliers Wood Surgery
  • Cricket Green Medical
  • Figges Marsh Surgery  
  • Francis Grove 
  • Grand Drive Surgery
  • Lambton Road Medical 
  • Lavender Fields Surgery
  • Merton Medical Practice
  • Mitcham Family Practice
  • Mitcham Medical Centre  
  • Morden Hall Medical  
  • Nelson Medical Practice     
  • Ravensbury Park Medical Centre
  • Riverhouse Medical   
  • Rowans Surgery
  • Stonecot Surgery  
  • Tamworth House Medical Centre    
  • Vineyard Hill Road Surgery
  • Wide Way Medical Centre
  • Wimbledon Medical Practice
  • Wimbledon Village Surgery

If you would like to find out more or see a Social Prescribing Coordinator, then people who are registered with one of the GP practices above can ask their GP to refer them.

Merton Social Prescribing flier

Does Social Prescribing help?

The service is entering its third year and previously the Community Navigator Service (managed by Healthwatch Merton) helped inform and shape the concept of social prescribing. 

There is emerging evidence that Social Prescribing can lead to a range of positive health and wellbeing outcomes for people. Some of the benefits highlighted so far have been improved quality of life and emotional wellbeing. 

The following reports and short film give an insight into how it has worked over the last few years:

To find out what help and support is out there for you, click the links below:

Database of local community groups
Information on volunteering in Merton
Support, services, advice and things to do across Merton
Healthier lifestyles support