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Social prescribing

My Best Life is a social prescribing service for Barnsley, funded by Barnsley CCG. They provide and source local support that’s individually tailored to your health and wellbeing needs.

How does it work?

When you’re not feeling well you can go to your doctor and they’ll prescribe you medicine or a treatment, but what if you’re not physically unwell? That’s where social prescribing comes in.

My Best Life advisors will work with you for up to 12 weeks, to put together your own action plan that can help with a range of things, including:

• Improve mental wellbeing

• Manage your physical health and symptoms

• Lead a healthier lifestyle

• Improve your home environment

• Get involved in your local community

• Maximise your income and access benefits

• Find work, training and volunteering opportunities

The advisors provide non-medical support and can use their local knowledge to link you into other sources of support where suitable. They can visit you at home, or wherever you feel most comfortable, at a time that suits you best.

Making a referral

Referrals can be made by any primary healthcare professional in Barnsley, including your GP or Nurse. You must be aged 18 or over to be referred.

We can also work with the emergency department at Barnsley Hospital and Yorkshire Ambulance Service. The dedicated team of advisors will support people who may be attending hospital regularly and may benefit from some social intervention. They support is the same as when you are referred by a GP or practice nurse but  it may be available for longer than 12 weeks.

Volunteer with us

Anyone can volunteer with My Best Life and help us to increase the variety and quality of support in Barnsley. You could get involved in:

• Providing follow on support

• Sharing your experiences

• Help people find their way through the health care system

• Set up new groups for carers or specific conditions.

Click here for the contact details.