There are some issues that can’t be fixed by medicine alone

It could be that another form of support is needed. Healthwatch Shropshire wants to hear the views of people between 16-25 about how alternative forms of support could help young people.

It could be that another form of support is needed. In Shropshire this help is given through ‘Social Prescribing’. The Social Prescriber helps each person to think through what might help them improve their long-term health and well-being. A referral to a voluntary, community and social enterprise group could be made. The social prescriber supports and helps each person review their own progress as they attend the groups. For example, it might help you to lose weight if you go to a walking for health group. The gentle walk might also help you feel less isolated as you get to know everyone and make new friends. So the group helps you improve your long-term well-being.

Healthwatch Shropshire is trying to understand how social prescribing might work for people between 16-25 who need it. They have been talking to focus groups who have struggled to name groups or activities in Shropshire that might be of interest and helpful. So they want to hear from as many young people in Shropshire about what activities, clubs, teams and groups they go to. Equally, it will also be useful to hear the reasons if you do not go to groups.

All this information will help Shropshire to continue to development this service.

Plus if you complete the questionnaire, leaving your contact details you will be entered into a prize draw for a £30 voucher.

The questionnaire will be available until the end of March here:

Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Shropshire. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.