Social prescribing is all about connecting people to the activities, groups and services in their local community that can meet the practical, social and emotional needs that affect their health and wellbeing.

It brings particular benefits for people who have one or more long-term conditions, such as cancer; those who have complex social needs which affect their well-being; people who need support with low level mental health issues, and those who are lonely or isolated.

In social prescribing, local organisations such as health services, social care and charities refer people to a social prescribing link worker. Social prescribing link workers give people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me?’ They can then work together to produce a plan to support each person to take control of their health and wellbeing.

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Examples of help which may be available include access to advice about finance, housing and benefits; exercise and other health and wellbeing support; help with anxiety and depression; exploring hobbies and interests; addiction recovery and bereavement support. 

Each of our local places across West Yorkshire and Harrogate has arrangements in place to ensure cancer patients have access to social prescribing.

You can access information by clicking on the links below, and we will be adding other information shortly.

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Airedale social prescribing services:

Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Services

Wharfedale, Airedale and Craven Alliance

Modality Partnership

Bradford social prescribing services:

Treacle – Here to help you – Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust online resource

Living Well

Harrogate social prescribing services:

Social-Prescribing-and-Community-Based-Support-Guide.pdf (

Support For Rural Communities & Organisations - Community First Yorkshire

Leeds social prescribing services:

Linking Leeds - Social prescribing for practical or emotional problems

National resource:

Health Exchange social prescribing directory - enabling individuals to take control of their health

More general information about social prescribing is available on the NHS England website