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Living our Best Life project

In the City of Knox a partnership between the Community Houses Association of the Outer-eastern Suburbs, Temple Society Australia and the five Neighbourhood Houses is trialing a version of Social Prescribing. Social prescribing is a successful process in the UK where health practitioners refer patients to community activities and groups with the aim of improving their physical and mental wellbeing.

The Knox project, called Living our Best Life, will involve the training of volunteers to support this referral system. Volunteer sign posters will have the task of spreading the word about Social Prescribing and community activities in Knox to as many people as they can. Volunteer Community Connectors will support individuals referred by Health Practitioners to join in community activities. They are likely to help them learn about their choices and provide introductions to community agencies including accompanying the participant for their first visit to ensure that they feel supported and confident.

The project will also include a Talking Café. This weekly event will enable people to drop in to a local cafe and find out about how to join in community activities and chat to volunteers about what’s happening in Knox. The Talking Café has gone virtual at this stage and is being held online via Zoom or conference telephone calls.

At present help is being sought from health professionals from all sectors to assist with designing a workable referral system. This may need to be flexible and able to be adapted to individual practitioner needs.

Website: Living our best life

Facebook: Living our best life

Contact: Leanne FitzGerald, Project Worker

Email: [email protected]