The Centre is participating in an innovative Social Prescribing Pilot until December 2019 with the Alliance for Healthier Communities, along with 10 other Community Health Centres (CHCs) across Ontario.
Social prescribing is a way of referring people to a range of non-clinical services at the Centre and in the community. It complements medical treatments and seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. This approach goes beyond treating illness and seeks to reduce social isolation and loneliness and increase overall physical and emotional well-being.
In the U.K., social prescribing shows promising results in achieving positive outcomes for clients, healthcare providers, and communities overall. Clients have improved mental health, are less isolated or lonely, and are more physically active.
Medical Providers are able to use their time more effectively by redirecting non-medical issues to more suitable resources. Communities are also seeing improvements in people’s sense of connectedness and belonging.
At the Centre, we have invited clients and community members to become volunteer Health Champions to gift their time and talents. They work alongside staff to identity gaps and create solutions that serve our clients and community. Our Health Champions have already developed several new initiatives including:
Trenton Site – 70 Murphy St.
- Craft Workshops
- Music Drop-Ins – Sing-Alongs & Song Circles
- Learning to Live Again – Life Beyond Grief for those who are widowed, divorced, or separated from their spouse in a nursing home
- Walking Club
Belleville Site – 161 Bridge St. West
- Coming Soon!
For more information about the programs above including dates and times of upcoming sessions, check our Events Calendar.
If you’d like more information about these new programs or would like to become involved as a Health Champion, please call Meghan at 613-965-0698 x 120.
Stay tuned for more upcoming events at both our Belleville and Trenton sites.