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Social Prescribing Project seeks volunteers - Updated Augus 10th 2014

Basingstoke Voluntary Services is partnering with the North Hants Clinical Commissioning Group to develop a pilot project placing "Well-being Guides" in 3 GP surgeries in Basingstoke, Alton and Hook.

Volunteers will be placed in surgeries and receive referrals from GPs of patients who might benefit from additional community resources, such as social groups, support groups, access to other activities such as exercise groups or even volunteering.

The idea is that GPs will have more time to work with patients medically, and the Well-being Volunteers will support them in other ways.
Volunteers will receive training covering how to access information, signpost patients to access local groups and services that can assist them and offer support within professional boundaries. However, Well-being Guides will not become experts in specific health conditions and will not be expected to personally provide support. 

We are looking for warm friendly yet professional people with really good communication skills, who have a passion for making a constructive difference to people's long term health, and good IT skills too! You would need to be available for 2 – 6 hours a week.
If this volunteer role might interest you, or if you have any queries, please contact Sarah Robinson at the Volunteer Centre on 01256 423850 or email.

Are you someone with high calibre communication skills, with a passion for making a constructive difference to people's long term health, and with good IT skills? Could you give one or two mornings or afternoons a week?
Basingstoke Voluntary Services is partnering with the North Hants Clinical Commissioning Group to develop a pilot project placing "Well-being Guides" in 3 GP surgeries in Basingstoke, Alton and Hook. 

Volunteers will receive training:

1. To support patients to access information from a variety of community and charity services and activities to improve their ability to self-care and increase their well-being
2. To signpost patients, and where appropriate provide/arrange support, to access local groups and services that can assist them
3. To signpost to support organizations that can help with wider life improvement issues such as housing and employment alongside health improvement support.
4. To develop health information services and activities within the GP practice
5.  To contribute to improved health and well-being of patients through provision of information and emotional support
6. To work as a team to become a trusted presence and resource within the GP practice
7. To report on measures taken, data gathered and outcomes on a regular basis.
8. To allow patients time to be heard.
9. The Well-being Guides will not become experts in specific health conditions and will not be expected to personally provide support. 

It is hoped that training will take place in Autumn 2014.

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