My Social Prescription

My Social PrescriptionTM

Do you want to feel healthier, happier and more involved in your community?

What is My Social PrescriptionTM?

Launched in 2013, ‘My Social PrescriptionTM’ (MSP) is a community based scheme led by Community360 across Colchester. It serves to address the social issues that can affect people’s well-being. My Social PrescriptionTM does this by connecting people to voluntary and community services, volunteering as well as providing support with health conditions and encouraging self-care. My Social PrescriptionTM is designed to empower individuals.

This is achieved through a personalised service where the MSP team identifies the most appropriate services, club or support to meet the needs of individuals. The result being that people see an improvement in their well-being, feel supported and connected with their community and the demand on public services is reduced.

It has been designed to reduce time spent finding the help people need by informing them of the right service, in the right place, first time.

You can refer yourself, be referred by a professional, a family member, or friend with consent. Many people have been helped through My Social PrescriptionTM, so give us a call today and let’s chat to see how you might benefit.

What can we help with?

We pride ourselves on giving you the most up to date information and signposting you to relevant services. Some examples of the things we frequently signpost to are :

  • Community Transport
  • Shop Mobility
  • Befriending
  • Social Groups and activities
  • Benefits advice and guidance
  • Cleaning and Gardening
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Weight management

Call 01206 505250 , email or complete the MSP External Referral Form 2019 for more information


We are working with:

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Primary Care Networks

The North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and Community360 are now rolling out social prescribing across all surgeries in Colchester. Currently we are working with at Colchester Medical Practice which includes Wimpole Road Surgery, Shrub End Surgery and Castle Gardens Medical Centre. The offer is tailored to meet the needs of each individual GP surgery and its patients, with options such as parent groups and weight management groups at the practice or at nearby locations. Community360 can also promote self-referral for services including physiotherapy and dementia friends training for staff.

Wimpole Road Surgery – Monday 9:00-11:30 link to surgery

Parsons Heath Medical Centre – Tuesday 9:00-11:30 link to surgery

Castle Gardens Medical Centre – Wednesday 9:00-11:30 link to surgery

Shrub End Surgery – Thursday 9:00-11:30 link to surgery

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University of Essex

My Social PrescriptionTM is now supporting the students and staff at the University of Essex with the launch of a new collaborative one year pilot project. Under the heading of Well-being we are offering regular ‘open house ‘sessions at the Hex on Thursdays and Fridays 12.00 – 2.00. The space offers the opportunity for the campus community to meet up, make new friends and take part in a variety of well-being activities. Community360 are collaborating with various clubs and societies from the university to offer regular Art sessions and a variety of activities/workshops and talks to bring the community together.

Our Community360 staff are on hand to listen and take referrals, promote volunteering opportunities and build links between university staff, students, support services and societies to enhance the quality of life on campus and reduce social isolation.

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Colchester and Tendring Anglian Community Enterprise

Community 360 has worked in partnership with ACE since 2017 delivering My Social PrescriptionTM (MSP). Referrals come to us via the community nurses, physiotherapists and associate practitioners and other clinicians from the organisation. Working alongside medical professionals we provide social support to patients in the community who are in need of this additional support.

Through MSP referrals we provide safe slippers to prevent falls, signpost people to community transport and mobility scooters, help people attend support groups for medical conditions and connect people to social groups and club/befriending to gain a social life. We have signposted patients to a variety of support services within the communities of both Colchester and Tendring including Befriending services, Citizens Advice, St Helena, Headway, Contact the Elderly, U3A, gardening and cleaning services, the list is endless and we have many success stories from people we have helped across the NE Essex area.

On average we take approximately 712 referrals a year and have had many positive outcomes. Here is an example:

Case Study


A referral was received via ACE Integrated Care Team to offer support to a housebound, elderly gentleman in Tendring. The gentleman had not seen his wife for many weeks as she had been admitted to Colchester Hospital and the gentleman wished to be reunited with his wife but was unable to get there.


Having accepted the MSP referral, the gentleman who noted his wife had been admitted to hospital several weeks prior and had not been able to visit her. The gentleman noted he was housebound and did not have the means to visit his wife in Colchester. He was referred to the Frinton and Walton Hopper service who would be able to transport him to Colchester Hospital.


After a few weeks, the gentleman was contacted and he noted he is now able to visit his wife in hospital by using the Frinton and Walton Hopper service. He was delighted with the social prescription service and was happy to be reunited with his wife.