In a lovely show of Christmas spirit, colleagues from the social prescribing team in Workington have been helping to distribute food parcels and much needed Christmas items across the holidays.

Jacqueline Ellery, along with colleagues Kelly, Niamh and Laura, delivered the parcels to help members of the community where they were needed.

A spokesperson from the Workington Primary Care Network said: “Christmas can be particularly difficult for lots of people, so it’s wonderful to see our colleagues acting in such a kind way, and helping out and giving relief where they can.”

Social prescribers work alongside colleagues in GP Practices to help support patients who may have needs which aren’t primarily medical. They provide vital services for people in the community experiencing loneliness and isolation, or people feeling overwhelmed or anxious about particular issues. These difficulties can have a huge impact on your health, but by linking people into groups in their neighbourhood, or into clubs or sessions that are happening nearby, our social prescribers have been making a big difference to how people feel.

The spokesperson added: “It’s wonderful to see our social prescribers going above and beyond, and really demonstrating the positive impact they’re having on our communities. I’d like to thank them all for their kindness.”