Helping Hand

MCDT Social Prescribing

Who is it for?

Anyone over 16 who would like a helping hand to improve their health and wellbeing.  They could be a tenant, parent, carer, patient or an individual who refers themselves to us.

How do I refer?

Fill in a social prescribing form and either:  fax to Val Jones 0114 2648371 or email to   Call Manor and Castle Development Trust Community Space on 01142655145 or Manor and Castle Development Trust (Duke St) on 0114 2789999.

What happens next?

  • Our triage will contact the individual within 48hours to discuss their needs and arrange for them to have a Social Prescribing Conversation.
  • A member of the Social Prescribing Team will meet with the individual (This could be at a local community venue such as the library or doctor’s surgery, in their home or another venue) and carry out the Social Prescribing Conversation.
  • The Social Prescribing Conversation helps the patient to identify the services and support they would benefit from and create an action plan and prioritise their goals. They may request services not originally identified on the Social Prescribing form.
  • Our team have experience of delivering health support in the local area (they include Health Trainers, Activity delivers, Advocacy workers and Mental Health workers) They will continue to support the patient to access services and deal with barriers to access.
  • If the individual was referred by an organisation we will contact them to give an update on progress.

What’s on offer?

Health Trainers

Health Trainers who can provide intensive, motivational, one to one support to help people lead healthier lifestyles.

 Social Isolation

Support to access local groups; special interest groups; breakfast and lunch clubs; over 50’s activities; trips; gentle exercise groups; be-frienders; training etc

 Support to access activities/ services

Help to identify and access aids and adaptations; community transport; local assistance grants; general support needs.

Home Support

Support to deal with housing issues; repairs, rent issues; safety awareness etc


Support into a volunteering position with a local or city wide organisation; becoming a Health Champion or Be-friender.

Training and Courses, confidence building

Support to access city wide opportunities as well as local training such as Manor Training and Resource Centre (Matrec) and CBT based STEPS and Step up and Shine courses.

Carer Support

Support to access Carer Support services; local support groups and applying for Carer’s Allowance.

Substance Misuse

Support to access services.

Mental Wellbeing

Support to access local Mental Wellbeing cafes, groups and one to one Mental health worker as well as citywide opportunities.

Living with Diabetes

Support with healthy eating and lifestyle opportunities

Pain Support

Support to access physiotherapy appointments and lifestyle options such as gentle activity, health eating and mental wellbeing.

Advocacy Support

Intensive, longer term one to one support for vulnerable people who have little or no family support and are experiencing multiple or complex health needs.  They can be supported to access all the other services.  They can also be supported to attend hospital/GP appointments and throughout hospital stays included discharge.

Physical Activities

Support to access citywide or local activities such as health walks, cycling clubs, running groups, boxercise, Zumba, chair aerobics etc

Preparing for Employment

Support to access local job clubs, or Pathways to Employment programme providing intensive, positive one to one support including coaching, up skilling, interview techniques and clothing for interviews for long term unemployed people receiving sickness benefits.

Healthy Eating

Eat Well courses, cooking on a budget, Community Soup Group and events

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