Two new specialist Community Connectors have joined the Bromley by Bow Social Prescribing Team. They will support people to build resilience, increase confidence and improve their mental health and wellbeing.

These new roles are funded by East London Community Foundation Trust (ELFT) as part of a wider transformation programme in East London to redesign and improve community mental health care for adults with serious mental illness in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham.

The Community Connectors will form part of a multi-disciplinary team working closely with voluntary sector, primary care and secondary care staff. This includes GP mental health leads and the Community Mental Health Team.

The Community Connectors will support people to access services, activities and groups in the community, using preventative care approaches to help them stay healthy.

The Community Connectors work in a similar way to our Social Prescribing Link Workers. They take time to get to know a person, give them space to make sense of their situation and feelings, then together they jointly develop a plan to help the person link in to community services, support and information that are right for them.

The Bromley by Bow programme works alongside eleven health centres in primary care networks 5 and 6. In network 6 is Bromley by Bow, XX Place, St Andrews, St Paul’s Way, Merchant Street and Stroudley Walk. Network 5 covers Harley Grove, Grove Road, Tredegar, St Stevens and Ruston Street.

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