East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership (ELHSCP) has commissioned three third-sector organisations – Penumbra, Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) and We Are With You – to deliver a Community Links Worker service. The service will support all people accessing Primary Care services across East Lothian. Each organisation will be responsible for their own specified areas of the county.
Community Link Workers use a social-prescribing approach to working with people aged 18 and over. They support individuals to look at what matters of them and help support them to connect with their local community resources in a way that will help them reach their health and wellbeing goals. Individuals are able to seek help for a broad range of needs, for example, if they are feeling lonely, or having money worries.
GP practices and ELHSCP primary care staff will be able to refer people to this new service from early in 2021.