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Going Local - a prescription of a different kind

Ask yourself two questions:

  • What are you worried about?
  • What do you want to change in your life?

It can be hard to answer these questions. It can be even harder to put those answers into practice!

This is what Going Local does: it helps people understand their problems and find a way forward, using help already available in the local community. It's a different way of looking at challenges that life presents which can't be totally solved with a traditional prescription - for example, you may be feeling anxious or depressed about your housing situation or are not sleeping due to a recent bereavement or money worries.

As a resident, you can be referred to Going Local via your GP surgery. It's quick and easy, and a Community Referrer on the Going Local team will then help you unpick your worries and connect you to people who can help. This might be to a specialist housing advisor, to budgeting and money-advice charities or to groups that you may lift your spirits and get you socialising again.

There are currently six GP practices who offer Going Local to their patients, with more on the way:

  • Victoria Road, Worthing
  • Worthing Medical Group - Heene Road and Shelley Road
  • Limetree Surgery, Worthing
  • Manor Practice, Southwick
  • Harbour View, Shoreham
  • Northbourne, Shoreham

Social Prescribing isn't new, in fact it's has been around a long, long time - and the Going Local pilot started in Adur and Worthing in Autumn 2016. Funded by four organisations (Adur & Worthing Councils, West Sussex County Council and Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group), we're thrilled to report that a further two years have been committed by all parties- taking us into 2020.

Do ask you GP surgery today if you'd like to be referred into the project - or if you're a professional working in this area, do get in touch and we'd love to tell you more!

Video: Carol's Going Local Story

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