‘Social Prescribing’

This service that focuses on promoting health and wellbeing in the community is now operating across the Peninsula with IDP hosting the programme in Buncrana and for the Carndonagh/Clonmany Primary Care Team Area. Moville Family Resource Centre are the hosts for that area.

‘Social Prescribing’ is a support service that will link people with non-medical sources of support in the local area. It includes for example, arts, learning and up- skilling, exercise, gardening, self-help materials, and volunteering. There are also opportunities for individuals to join groups with like-minded people or to take part in health programmes that promote general wellbeing.

How does it work?

You can be referred to the social prescribing service through your G.P or other health/social professional. Alternatively you can contact the Co-ordinator directly if you feel that you would benefit from one to one support in getting connected with activities and supports in the community.

The Co-ordinator will then meet with you and together you will talk about activities or supports that might be of your interest. The activity or support will be sourced and you will be assisted and supported to attend. The Co-ordinator will meet with you a number of times during the process to see how you are getting along.

Who is it for?

Carmel Gallagher Co-Ordinator for the Project for the Buncrana and Carndonagh Clonmany Primary Care Team area outlines “The service is for anyone who may feel stressed, anxious or depressed, or for anyone who may feel that they are alone and isolated in the community. Using resources within the community will allow you to experience the benefits of meeting other people or participating in a new activity. Social Prescribing is free of charge to all its participants. It is a confidential and non-judgmental service where you can explore new opportunities that will promote your general wellbeing”.

What are the benefits of participating in Social Prescribing?

There are many benefits of participating in Social Prescribing including:

  • Learning a new skill or participating in a new activity
  • Improving your mental and/or physical health
  • Providing an opportunity to meet new people
  • Receiving social support from others
  • Increasing self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Providing an opportunity for expression


For more information contact Carmel at Inishowen Development Partnership – 07493 62218 or email carmel@inishowen.ie