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Haverhill social prescribing project’s £663,000 boost


By Newsdesk Haverhill


An initiative to support the NHS in dealing with patients’ social needs while improving wellbeing has received a £663,000 boost.

West Suffolk councils led on securing the extra funding for the social prescribing scheme which has been run as a pilot in Haverhill for over a year and supported almost 200 people.

The money will be used to ‘strengthen’ the Haverhill LifeLink scheme, run with ONE Haverhill Partnership, and to develop a social prescribing model for Mildenhall and Brandon.

The Haverhill LifeLink scheme will benefit from a £663,000 boost which will also be used to develop similar social prescribing models in Mildenhall and Brandon. Pictured: Charlotte Murphy, LifeLink co-ordinator; Cllr Robert Everitt, families and communities portfolio holder, Susan Cantler, LifeLink participant; Amy Courtney-Moore, LifeLink participant and Elaine Hewes, LifeLink participant.
The Haverhill LifeLink scheme will benefit from a £663,000 boost which will also be used to develop similar social prescribing models in Mildenhall and Brandon. Pictured: Charlotte Murphy, LifeLink co-ordinator; Cllr Robert Everitt, families and communities portfolio holder, Susan Cantler, LifeLink participant; Amy Courtney-Moore, LifeLink participant and Elaine Hewes, LifeLink participant.

Cllrs John Griffiths and James Waters, leaders of St Edmundsbury borough and Forest Heath district councils, said: “We’re really pleased to have been able to secure this funding to roll out the social prescribing pilot that has been so successful in Haverhill.

“This not only makes a real and transformational difference to people’s lives, but also supports community groups and volunteers as well as producing better mental and physical health for people.”

The initiative helps to address social and wellbeing needs of residents which can also impact on health and are sometimes traditionally hard for medical services to address.

This has led to people gaining confidence, reduced loneliness, returning to employment, volunteering, helping physical and mental health as well as reducing debt.

More than £160,000 has been provided by the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with £500,000 from the 100 per cent Business Rates Pilot money awarded to Suffolk by the Government.

Dr Ed Garratt, chief officer for the CCG, said it is ‘very pleasing’ the project has ‘proved such a success’.



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