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Social Prescribing

Volunteer Cornwall recently led a partnership bid to the Department of Health & Care for a Social Prescribing Scheme for Cornwall and we're pleased to say this was successful.

This means we will be investing £900,000 over the next 3 years with funding from the Department of Health and Care in year 1 and also from Public Health, Cornwall Council from year 2. This will not provide coverage for all of Cornwall’s population or practices, but is a significant investment in this approach.

What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing means different things to different people, however, the Social Prescribing Network’s co-produced definition is: ‘Enabling healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker, to co-design a nonclinical social prescription to improve their health and wellbeing.’

The focus of our Social Prescribing approach will be addressing social and lifestyle issues at an early stage and preventing ill health rather than managing complex conditions later.

The partnership consists of 6 voluntary sector organisations and each partner will employ a Link Worker who will work with groups of Practices to take referrals, carry out a person-centred assessment and identify a wide range of appropriate activities to which to refer the person.

The areas have been chosen on the basis of population health need as follows:

Organisation                      Cluster                                                 Practices             

Active Plus                          Penwith East                                      Bodriggy, Marazion, Stennack

Active Plus                          Penwith West                                     Alverton, Rosmellyn, Morab, Cape, Sunnyside*

Active Plus                          South Kerrier                                     Helston, Meneage, Mullion, St Keverne

CN4C                                  North Kerrier                                      Clinton Rd, Manor, Phoenix, Veor

Chaos Group                       Truro                                                 Lander, Three Spires

Age UK                                Newquay                                            Newquay Health Centre, Narrowcliff

Eden Project                      Rural Cluster/St Austell                      Clays, Brannel & St Austell

Pentreath Ltd                      Bodmin                                               Carnewater, Stillmoor

Age UK                               Liskeard                                              Oak Tree, Old Bridge, Rosedean

(*Funded by GP cluster for 1 year, working with, but not part of, our project)

We expect staff to be in post by October and will publish more details on this site as and when local schemes are up and running. 

For more details, contact Julie Pollard on 01872 266991 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Find out more about how Social Prescribing works through this introductory video: