Health Connections Mendip is sited as a model (both nationally and internationally) for social prescribing, known as “The Frome Model”. Since 2013 Health Connections Mendip has been at the forefront of social prescribing within the community. By bringing together the valuable wealth of community support groups that already exist, they were able to map out and find the gaps that needed filling. All these were put onto a directory that is available to all and embedded in the doctors I.T. system.
As part of our on-going activities we have set up a Let’s Connect project and have recently introduced a Digital Connector role that aims to provide digital awareness and access for those in the community that are not digitally connected and therefore are missing out on the benefits of digital access.
The Let’s Connect project has already set up a Community Connector with over 1,500 connectors and are now in the process of starting a Warm Home Connector, Hearing Support Connector and has plans for others in the near future.