Social prescribing is about adopting a community development approach:
• Seeing the community as part of the solution and not the problem.
• Power shifting to the community to do something for itself.
• Engaging with the community in order to empower them.
• Citizen power rather than tokenistic or consultative engagement.
Arnstein, Ladder of Citizen Participation (1969).
5 tips to developing a community centred social prescribing service
• Identify the problem you are going to use social prescribing to solve
• Find out the real influencers in the community. This could be individually who do not usually get involved
• Go out to the community to earn some credibility and build trust
• Co-produce solutions with the community
• Empower the community to deliver the solutions
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