West Suffolk Council announce LifeLink for Bury St Edmunds and rest of district after Haverhill trial
LifeLink, a support programme for those with issues such as anxiety and loneliness, is being introduced across the whole of west Suffolk after a trial in Haverhill.
Ten LifeLink staff will be employed by West Suffolk Council to support individuals and connect them to community groups and social activities as a way of reducing GP appointments.
Councillor Robert Everitt said: “LifeLink has been a life changer for some of the people that have used the service. It has given people more confidence, lifted their sense of wellbeing, reduced their feelings of loneliness and isolation and made them feel more a part of their community.
"Alongside this, it has increased opportunities in employment, volunteering, training and education. That can lead to a reduced demand on health services, social care and medication.
"The evidence shows that for the vast majority of people it has had significant benefit to their lives and I’m delighted that we have invested to deliver similar social prescribing projects across west Suffolk.”
To find out more visit: www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/community
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