Social Prescribing

Do you want to know more about local services or activities that can help make life more enjoyable?

Merton’s Social Prescribing Service is a project of Merton Voluntary Service Council 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 the Merton Social Prescribing Service?
There are presently three Social Prescribing Coordinators who work across 12 Merton GP Practices. The following practices host the social prescribing service on at least one day a week :

  • Figges Marsh Surgery    
  • Lavender Fields Surgery
  • Merton Medical Practice
  • Mitcham Family Practice
  • Mitcham Medical Centre    
  • Nelson Medical Practice     
  • Ravensbury Park Medical Centre     
  • Tamworth House Medical Centre    
  • The Rowans Surgery 
  • Wide Way Medical Centre.

All GP practices  will be offering the Social Prescribing Service before the end of 2019.

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 flyer

Does Social Prescribing help?
The service is entering its second year and previously the Community Navigator Service (managed by Healthwatch Merton) helped inform and shape the concept of social prescribing.  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 

Email for any more information about The Merton Social Prescribing Service.

The Social Prescribing Service is funded by the Merton Clinical Commissioning Group