Our Social Prescribers support people to make positive changes in their lives and within their communities by linking them to voluntary and community groups and other non-clinical services.
The benefits of this approach include helping people to:
• Feel more involved in the community
• Meet new people
• Improve health and wellbeing
We have a social prescribing directory has been created to improve the links between health professionals and the voluntary and community sector, and provide easy access to these services. Our service covers Canterbury, Faversham, Whitstable, and Herne Bay. The directory holds over 300 activities.
When you refer someone into our Social Prescribing service, they will get an initial call from our admin team to introduce and explain our service, and book them a consultation with a social prescriber.
The social prescriber will then have a good chat with them to get a holistic view of what’s going on and what might be most helpful to connect them to.
There’s no one size fits all solution, because everyone is different – so it’s led by you and what you feel will help, not what someone else thinks you ‘should’ be doing. You can peruse our social prescribing directory to get a flavour of the type of things we refer people to, but is not exhaustive by any means, as there are many things we connect people with which are not registered with us – yet!
Where did the name Red Zebra originate?
The Red Zebra is a folklore tale. It is said that the Red Zebra will appear in times of need if you are lost, and need direction to reach your goal. The Red Zebra will lead you to the truce of water hole where everyone works collaboratively for the collective benefit of all. While we haven’t yet had cause to literally lead people to a water hole, community, collaboration and giving people a helping hand to improve life when they are feeling lost is what we’re all about.