A Community Approach to Health and Wellbeing

SPRING Social Prescribing helps people aged 18+ to address; emotional and practical needs, by connecting them to sources of support within their community to improve their health and wellbeing.

How does SPRING Social Prescribing work?

SPRING Social Prescribing enables a GP or Primary Health Care professional to refer patients who suffer from; social isolation, low mood, mild depression, long term conditions or physical inactivity to community support programmes and activities.

These can include:

  • Social clubs
  • Physical activities
  • Arts and crafts
  • Counselling
  • Peer support groups for those with long term conditions
  • Volunteering groups

The Process

  1. A G.P or Primary Health Care professional makes a referral to a Social Prescriber based in the community.
  2. The Social Prescriber and the client arrange a 1-1 meeting to discuss individual support needs.
  3. The client is supported to engage in suitable community-based activities and services.
  4. The Social Prescriber provides on-going support throughout the client’s journey to improved health and wellbeing.


If you feel your patients could benefit from a Social Prescription, contact your local Social Prescriber for more information on the referral process.

Kathy Cairns
Social Prescriber
Peninsula Healthy Living
4 Church Grove, Kircubbin,
Newtonards BT22 2SU

E: [email protected] (Ards Peninsula area)
T: 028 4273 9021
M: 07856286512

Do you provide community support?

Register as a service provider and receive referrals through our Social Prescribing service. Contact Kathy Cairns to find out more:

E: [email protected]
T: 028 4273 9021