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Helen Clarke

Lead Social Prescriber

Social prescribing is a relatively new concept that places patients at the centre of their own non-clinical care, highlighting the ethos of “what matters to me,”  The aim is to help people discover ways to feel better and improve how they feel in a manner that supports their own decision making.

Social Prescribing offers help and support that doesn’t come in a tube or a bottle but instead through engagement with local and community based groups and resources to aid support, encourage participation and help reduce the impact of loneliness and isolation.

Helen has worked for many years in coaching, counselling and educational roles.  Helen is available to listen to 'What matters to you' and to help support you to improve health and wellbeing. This may involve connecting you to people and community groups or services for practical support.

Helen is leading our growing social prescribing team. You can read about the other members below.

How it works:

  • After a discussion with one of our team the hope is to agree a plan to help you achieve your goals through exploring what’s important in your life and identifying what services locally will benefit / help you,
  • You will be assisted in being signposted to services, community groups and support in your local area, which may include:
    • Healthy lifestyle & activity: Nutrition, diet & exercise, accessible to all (no matter your current level).
    • Arts, music, outdoors & creativity,
    • Befriending, counselling & other support groups,
    • Housing, benefits, financial support & advice,
    • Employment, training & volunteering,
    • Education & learning,
    • Getting involved in your community, 
    • Accessing specialist service & support.

    Our social prescribing team will be there for you whilst you are on this journey, follow up appointments are available to ensure you are happy with the process and ensuring you are on the right track to reaching your goals!

    Sam Jenkins

    Social Prescriber

    Hi, my name is Sam Jenkins and I have recently joined the Social Prescribing Team and will be focusing on Young People. Before I joined the team my previous role was in the Early Help Team within Children Services at BCP Council. I worked there for 10 years in various roles and have experience in delivering long term family support to vulnerable families, parents, children and young people.

    In my spare time I am a volunteer mentor for the Fuse Project which aims to support young people’s wellbeing and mental health by guiding them through a five steps to wellbeing programme.

    What is Social Prescribing?

    Check out the video below

    Areas that can be assisted with include:

    Connecting with

    Your Community

    Support with Day

    to Day Living 

    Being Healthy

    & Well 

    Hobbies & Interests

    Getting Out & Active

    Links to our pages on specific topics: