Support Staffordshire has recently appointed Robert O’Leary as a Community Navigator as part of a 12 month trial of a social prescribing scheme. The service will be focused upon a cluster of GP surgeries in Stone and Eccleshall. To further enhance the scheme Support Staffordshire is looking to recruit Volunteer Community Buddies.
Within a social prescribing appointment the navigator listens to the patient’s current circumstances, interests, challenges and opportunities, with a focus upon community, family, personal assets and interests, and social circumstances, rather than clinical needs.
Based upon what they learn, they will draw up a social prescription, incorporating advice, contact information, signposting and the establishment of relationships with wider community providers, offering the right mix of engagement and activities for the patient.
Volunteer Buddies are being sought to help patients who may be lonely or socially isolated, giving greater access to community activities across Stone and Eccleshall.
Support Staffordshire is looking for community spirited individuals with a positive outlook and an empathetic nature, who have a few hours to spare each week.
To find out more or for an informal chat about the role, please contact Robert O’Leary on 07496 759712 or email RobertOLeary@supportstaffordshire.org.uk