Social Prescribing Service

The Carlow Social Prescribing Service is a free support that aims to reduce social isolation and improve people’s health and wellbeing. The service is based within the community and will operate from St. Catherine’s C.S.C and the New Oak Community Centre

The purpose of Social Prescribing is to work with individuals to explore what is important for their  life and wellbeing, help them to identify local activities and services they can benefit from and support them to start engaging in these services.

The Social Prescriber can:

  • Provide information to point you in the right direction   OR
  • Arrange an appointment to see you to discuss how you be supported to improve your health and wellbeing.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. People over 18 years old
  2. Registered with a GP Practice or residing within Carlow Town/Graiguecullen
  3. People with one or more long-term conditions
  4. People who need ‘low-level’ support with their mental health
  5. People who are lonely or isolated
  6. People who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing
  7. Frequent attendees of Primary care services

You can contact the Social prescribing coordinator yourself or be referred by a health professional or community worker. Referrals should be made for people where they would benefit from support around one or more of the following issues:

  • Lifestyle
  • Looking after yourself
  • Managing symptoms
  • Work, volunteering and other activities
  • Money
  • Where you live
  • Family and friends
  • Feeling positive

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. People who do not fall into one of the above groups
  2. People with severe and enduring mental health conditions unless it’s part of a package of care and has been discussed between the referrer and Social Prescribing Coordinator and agreed as a suitable referral
  3. People in palliative care
  4. People who do not want to engage with the Social Prescribing Service
  5. People who are being referred mainly for clinical reasons, eg. Addictions

For more information or queries on the service please contact:

Sinéad Fox

Carlow Social Prescribing Coordinator

Mobile: 086 4147511

Office: 059 9138700

Email: socialprescribing@catherines.ie  for GPs stcatherines.socialprescribing@healthmail.ie

View our Social Prescribing Webinar: https://youtu.be/nJRuSbWmrTM

Read our service press release: https://carlow-nationalist.ie/2021/03/15/new-service-aims-to-reduce-social-isolation/

Sinéad Fox

Sinéad Fox

Social Prescribing Coordinator

E: socialprescribing@catherines.ie M: 086-4147511