Social prescribing is a way of supporting people to find help for social, emotional or practical issues.
We know people can find it difficult to navigate the range of services available in their local community. This is especially difficult if there are additional language and cultural barriers. Social prescribing enables people to access the right resources for their individual needs and circumstances.
SIS works with a team of linguists to deliver the right support at the right time.
Volunteers Linguists staff our fortnightly Drop-In and offer brief, sporadic support for straight forward issues; making referrals and appointments, helping with correspondence, completing simple forms and finding information.
Bilingual Community Navigators are trained and to deliver regular, sustained case work for people with complex social, emotional or practical issues. They have experience and expertise in motivational interviewing, research, record keeping and collecting/providing evidence. They use a guided conversation to create an action plan with the service user.
“It’s amazing to see people leave the Drop In – smiling and head held high because they no longer feel so lost in an alien system”
Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish Speaking Volunteer Linguists
“I feel much less isolated, less alone- my myriad difficulties that I had in my life upon arriving in Britain have been largely resolved with the help given to me. ….. the support has made me open up socially- which is very difficult for me to do as a single mother here, with little knowledge of the language and the culture… I feel less fear, more confident- I feel much more able to work with people and develop myself professionally, to work hard and build a life here with my family.”
Spanish Speaking Service User