In April 2016 T.E.D. Co-ordinator Tracy Parr, met with Ian Blakey, the Practice Manager of the Marisco Medical Practice, to discuss social prescribing. Social prescribing recognises that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environment factors and so seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.
Following the meeting the T.E.D. Coffee Mornings were launched as a monthly session where patients could enjoy a free cup of coffee and get local information about services, groups and support. Patients were given a warm welcome from local T.E.D. Volunteer, Sylvia, who helps to run the sessions. The Coffee Mornings started in June and proved to be very popular with patients. Social prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs, the T.E.D. Coffee mornings are focussed on improving mental health and physical well-being. Those who could benefit from social prescribing schemes include people with mild or long-term mental health problems, vulnerable groups, people who are socially isolated, and those who frequently attend either primary or secondary health care.
T.E.D. has been able to hand over the running of the Coffee Mornings to the Marisco Patients’ Group. The sessions are now held weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.00 a.m. till 1.00 p.m. Sylvia continues to volunteer at the coffee mornings and has joined the Marisco Patient Group. Tea, coffee, juice and biscuits can be purchased at the coffee bar and prices are all 50p or less. The Co-op donates free fruit to the group which is also available at the sessions.
For more information, please contact Tracy Parr on 07495 008732