Social Prescribing

Introducing our new Self-Referral Service

The Macclesfield Social Prescribing service is a free service for local residents. We can support you to access a wide range of local services, organisations and activities in the community to help you to improve your overall health and wellbeing.

If you are struggling to get our and about, feeling lonely or isolated, need some practical support, or just want help to focus on your wellbeing goals, we can help.

We are now offering a self-referral service so that you get support from us directly without needing a referral from your GP. To refer yourself, please click on the button below and complete the referral form. A member of the team will be in touch very shortly.

What is Social Prescribing?

“Social Prescribing is a service that can link you in to a range of community support, services and groups, and help you to attend. We will work with you to help you achieve your wellbeing goals; we can’t do it for you, but we will be there with a listening ear, a holding hand and all the information you need about what Macclesfield has to offer.”

What is the Macclesfield Living Well Social Prescribing Service?

The Macclesfield Social Prescribing service is being offered from within your GP practice. It aims to support you to have more control over your own health and find ways to improve how you feel in a way that suits you. To find out more about the service, click on the image opposite to view our leaflet.

We have a team of Link Workers, who are assigned to specific practices, they will contact you to discuss what help you need and the best way to support you. Appointments could be face-to-face, by telephone, or even via home visits if appropriate.

Meet the Team

Amy Rowlands

Social Prescribing Team Leader

Emma Douglas

Social Prescribing Link Worker

Emma Wilson

Social Prescribing Link Worker

How to access the Service

There are two ways you can access our service:

  1. You can be referred by your GP, nurse or health visitor.
  2. You can self-refer to the service by completing our online referral form.

If you feel like you need some support at the moment with your health and wellbeing, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Once we have received your referral, you will be contacted by a member of the team to see how we can help.


Click on the image below to view our latest newsletter.

Winter 2020

How has Social Prescribing helped during Covid-19?

The Social Prescribing Service only launched at the start of this year, so when lockdown was announced we very quickly had to find a new way of working, as we could no longer see patients face-to-face, and many services and support were shut. We turned our focus to supporting people who might need help during the Coronavirus outbreak.

  • We have made over 1500 wellbeing phone calls to patients to check how they are getting on and if they need any additional support
  • We have linked patients to many invaluable NHS Volunteers, who have helped with shopping and prescription collections
  • We have connected people in need to local services and support
  • We have supported over 100 patients who were feeling isolated or lonely, by calling them regularly
  • We have continued to accept referrals from GPs for anyone who needed some extra support

It has been fantastic to speak to so many people in the community and hear the amazing stories of everyone pulling together, but for those who did not have support, I am so glad we could help.

How to Contact Us

Once you are referred to the service, your Link Worker will be in touch to introduce themselves and arrange your first appointment.  If you need to contact us before this, or have a general query about the service, please don’t hesitate to pop us an email by clicking here.