Connect Well Kent is the Social Prescribing Service for East Kent
Red Zebra Community Solutions is a local infrastructure organisation, working with residents and organisations to improve opportunities and services for people in the community.
Red Zebra is working in partnership with Encompass, the local Multi-speciality Community Provider (MCP) of health and social care services in the Canterbury CCG area (Faversham, Whitstable, Canterbury, Sandwich and Ash) to deliver a social prescribing service.
Social prescribing is a way to help people make positive changes in their lives and within their communities by linking them to voluntary and community groups and other non-clinical services.
Connect Well helps people to:
- Feel more involved in the community
- Meet new people
- Make changes to improve health and wellbeing
Connect Well Kent uses a web-based tool that enables professionals to refer clients to a range of local, non-medical support to maximise social, emotional or practical wellbeing; individuals can also find out about local activities and services through browsing the site themselves. Our database currently holds over 300 activity / service listings for the CCG area and this is ever expanding.
Who is in the Team?
We currently have 3 co-ordinators that work across the Canterbury and coastal CCG area.
Maria Frost – has 20 years of experience in case management in a variety of settings including mental health, probation, homelessness prevention and rehabilitation of ex-offenders.
Helen Gibbs – is currently studying to become a counsellor and has previous experience in the care and education sector.
Fiona Keyte – has over 20 years’ experience in supporting individuals to access services and make healthier life style choices.
The main role of the co-ordinator is to assess the social needs of clients referred into us. Once these needs have been assessed we refer or signpost onto organisations and charities that provide the services the client needs. You may call this a social prescription.
Jenny Monkhouse is Project Officer and co-ordinates the website, referrals, marketing, events and general project correspondence and administration.
Jenny Walsh is Head of Operations for Red Zebra and holds the overall management of Connect Well