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Social Prescribing Service


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Social Prescribing Service

The Social Prescribing Service for Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley is an innovative new project funded by the Department of Health. Working in partnership with the NHS DGSS Clinical Commissioning Group, Imago Social Prescribing provides short-term intervention and support to adults with complex health and social care needs.

Acting as a guide through the health and social care system, Social Prescribers connect people with appropriate community resources and support services, with the aim of enabling people to increase their independence and ability to self-manage, thereby reducing demand on health services. People being discharged from or who have recently left hospital will receive 12 weeks of support to meet identified and additional needs. 

Peer volunteers will work alongside the Social Prescribers to mentor and support individuals to make changes, access services, and connect with others; supporting the development of confidence, self-esteem and resilience.


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How to access the service

Referrals to the service are via health and social care professionals and community services using the online referral form at the bottom of the page, or you can contact the team directly at or on 0300 011 1965.


Those who are registered with the service will be invited to attend the social groups and events organised by the team and volunteers. There are groups including board games, fish and chip lunches and walking groups taking place monthly. An afternoon tea with games and a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress of Dartford took place in May, with a second date towards Christmas.


How the Social Prescribers can help

Social prescribers offer impartial information, advice and guidance through home visits, telephone or by email. Taking a personalised approach, the Social Prescriber works with the individual and family to develop a holistic support plan, which is then worked through in partnership to enable the person to achieve their desired outcomes, goals and aspirations. To do this, the Social Prescriber will connect people with organisations who can provide ongoing help.

Such as:

Housing, financial support, form filling, home safety (including aids and adaptations/ assistive technology), befriending, social activities, transport, domestic support, respite and signposting to domiciliary care.



Peer volunteers work alongside the Social Prescribers to support individuals to progress outcomes identified on their support plan. This may be achieved by visiting the person in their own home or meeting them in a community-based setting. Volunteers might help with household bills or budgeting; have a chat over a cup of tea; introduce someone to a social activity; or set up and run a befriending group. The types of activity will be determined by the needs of individuals.

If you would like to know more about volunteering with the Social Prescriber team, please contact or complete the Application Form