What Is Social Prescribing?
Social prescribing is an approach to offering non-medical support. It empowers older adults to connect with local community-based programs and services and addresses areas of need most important to them.
How It Works
- An older adult either self-identifies or is identified by another person (i.e., healthcare professional, family member, friend) as someone who would benefit from non-medical community-based programs or services.
- A Services Application Form (link) indicating interest in Social Prescribing is filled out and submitted to WESN.
- The Social Prescribing Coordinator receives this referral and works with the older adult to access appropriate local programs and services to support their health and wellness (e.g. social or recreational programs, supports for aging in place in the community, mental health or nutrition services, etc.)
You may be eligible if you are:
- 55 years of age or older
- Currently living in the West End, Coal Harbour, or Yaletown neighbourhood of Vancouver
- Would like to connect with others in the community
- Interested in discovering ways you can engage with services and supports
- Curious about getting involved with volunteering or in need of a volunteer
Please Contact Rachel Acheson, Social Prescribing Coordinator, 604-669-5051 ext 107, [email protected] with any questions or for assistance with applying for our services
This service is offered in collaboration with the Vancouver Division of Family Practice, Vancouver Coastal Health Three Bridges Community Health Centre, and
City Centre Urgent Primary Care Centre, local medical clinics, and other local community programs and services for older adults.
This service is funded by the Government of B.C. and managed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland.
Last Updated: 30-Mar-2023