Tameside Social Prescribing

Tameside’s Social Prescribing team work with people to help them make new connections in their community. We listen to people to find out what's important to them, what changes they would like to make in their lives, and help identify the best ways to achieve those changes.

Our team of Social Prescribing Officers and PCN Link Workers connect people to what’s available in their local community, including groups, activities, and appropriate services that they're able to easily access and attend independently. Our aim is to encourage the people we work with to improve and manage their own wellbeing.

Our team work together with people on a 1-2-1 basis, creating goals to get that person to where they want to be.

We are not support workers, our work is non-medical and non-urgent. We work with people that are motivated and ready to engage with us to make positive changes.

Social Prescribing is free and we work with people over the telephone, in community spaces, or by visiting them in their homes.

Tameside Social Prescribing Team

Who is Social Prescribing for?

  • People aged 18+
  • People that either live in Tameside or have a GP in Tameside
  • People who are motivated and ready to make a change to their lives

How can I get involved in Social Prescribing?

Contact our friendly Tameside Social Prescribing team:

How can I get the people I work with involved in Social Prescribing?

If you are a professional and would like to refer a client, patient, or a person you are working with to our team, you can make a referral using your Elemental digital social prescribing platform.

If you don't have access to Elemental, our team can support you to become a referrer. Elemental is simple and easy to use. We are also here to discuss if Social Prescribing is the best fit for the people you are working with, before you make a referral. You can contact our team:

“After I'd shared Jackie's Case Study, one member of staff praised how the team can go along to introduce people to build their confidence in going to groups and how this is amazing and also that they love receiving feedback to hear what the person has been up to, they said this is a really great feature. They also said that Elemental is very secure, and password protected if they receive emails from you.”

- Be Well Tameside

Meet The Team

Our Social Prescribing team is committed to working with people to help them take control of their health and wellbeing and improve their quality of life. Our team has extensive knowledge of what’s happening locally in Tameside and beyond. You can find out more about our team and what area of Tameside they work in here:

Meet Jyoti Meet Sue  Meet Ali Meet Tiff Meet Natalie Meet Bernie  

What our clients think of Social Prescribing

95% of our clients would recommend Social Prescribing to a friend or family member!

We asked our clients to describe their experience with Social Prescribing, and they said:

"Action Together are wonderful, it is such a good organisation. You have helped Ben enormously!"

Ben was feeling isolated before connecting with Social Prescribing. We put Ben in touch with Action Together's Volunteering team and he now volunteers at Ashton United In The Community and The Bread and Butter Thing, building his confidence and leading to new social activities and connections. Read Ben's Social Prescribing Story.

"You have honestly been so helpful! This is going to help me so much and I know I’ll feel better if I get to see my family and not have to worry about the cost of transport."

Audrey was referred into Social Prescribing for bereavement support, and for the isolation and loneliness she was experiencing. She had difficulty getting to see her family, so after one telephone appointment we found support available to reduce the cost of transport, helping Audrey see her family more often. Read Audrey's Social Prescribing Story.

Our Impact

In 2022/23 we:

  • Received 1,876 referrals from 476 services, groups, voluntary organisations, and clients themselves
  • Connected our clients to 455 different opportunities in the community
  • Held 13,043 appointments with Social Prescribing clients
  • Helped 42% of clients reduce anxiety

Read our annual report for 2022/2023 to find out about the difference Social Prescribing makes in Tameside.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen once I have had a referral made to the Social Prescribing team?

A member of our team will contact you in the coming weeks for a chat, they will introduce themselves to you and find out more about what you want to get from working with Social Prescribing. They will get to know you, what your interests are and what changes you would like to make to your life.

Together, you will make a plan with your Social Prescriber or PCN Link Worker to see what steps you would like to take next, whether another telephone call where you will discuss what’s happening locally, or even a visit to a group or centre where our team can introduce you to what’s on offer. No matter what your plan is, we take things at your pace. We are not support workers, you lead the way, and our team works alongside you, helping you to get started.

What does Social Prescribing do and not do?

Here is a link to our Social Prescribing fact sheet to find out more.


Our Privacy Notice for Social Prescribing is available here.

Quiser's Story

We met Quiser us at one of our regular drop-ins at The Anthony Seddon Centre in Ashton. Read about Quiser's Social Prescribing story or watch the video below: