We all want to live well but sometimes we need help to do this.
Social prescribing is a new way to help people improve their social, emotional and physical health by connecting to activities and groups in their local community.
A Citizens Advice report, published in May 2015, suggested nearly a fifth of GPs consultation time was spent dealing with non-medical issues.
Throughout the UK, social prescribing projects are transforming wellbeing in the community and helping to ease pressure on health, social care, housing and public services.
Connect Well is our local social prescribing project for people in the districts of Braintree and Maldon and the City of Chelmsford.
It has been funded by Essex County Council and developed with the help of a wide range of health, social care and voluntary organisations.
More than 40 local organisations have helped to develop Connect Well and are supporting the project. For a full list of key partners involved click here.
Social prescribing champions are located in venues like council and housing offices, leisure centres, pharmacies and GP practices.
To speak to a social prescribing champion, visit your nearest Connect Well venue:
Witham – Friday between 9am to midday at Douglas Grove Surgery, Douglas Grove, CM8 1TE
Maldon – Every Tueaday betweem 9:00am to 11:00am at Maldon District Council offices , Princes Road, CM9 5DL
Chelmsford – details to follow