Social Prescribing

Social prescribing is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.


The Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum run 2 Social Prescribing  projects:


SPRING Social Prescribing is a partnership between Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum, Healthy Living Centre Alliance and Scottish Communities for Health and Wellbeing.
As the largest co-ordinated project of its kind, a network of 30 community-led health organisations will come together to deliver Social Prescribing services for three years.

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Social Prescribing creates a link between the health service and the community.  GP’s refer patients to the community for non-clinical support services such as; exercise, counselling, social clubs, arts and many more.

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The SPRING Social Prescribing Project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the core objectives are;

  • Support 8,000 patients, who will co-create a social prescription

  • Improve peoples’ health and wellbeing outcomes across 30 communities in Northern Ireland and Scotland

  • Strengthen links between Primary Care and the third sector

  • Influence policy makers at regional and national levels to embed social prescribing into NHS long term plans.


For further information visit:

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Housing Executive
Social Prescribing Pilot Project
The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has invested funding in a social prescribing pilot scheme at Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum to support vulnerable tenants. The scheme was launched in January 2020 and will provide access to support services for Housing Executive tenants in the Derry City and Strabane aera, with the overall aim of encouraging clients to take ownership of their health and wellbeing.

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