Social Prescribing for Equality and Resilience (SPEAR)
We're leading the way to better wellbeing in Bristol through practical and accessible social prescribing.
A holistic social prescribing approach, working alongside people to address the wider issues that are negatively impacting on their wellbeing.
- Single point of Access for all patients over 18 years of age with a non-clinical need
- Referrals via GPs and other HCPs using a referral form (on EMIS) or encouraging self referrals
- SPEAR triages for BCH’s Community Navigators (patients over 50 years and house-bound)
SPEAR is a partnership of community anchor organisations in Bristol working together to address the health inequalities in low-income areas of our city.
The organisation, including Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, uses an assets-based approach to health and wellbeing, using social prescribing link workers based in GP surgeries situated in Bristol’s areas of highest need.
SPEAR offers a range of activities, from physical activities to arts on referral. But we don’t do it all – we support people to engage with other groups and organisations, and if there isn’t a suitable activity, then we support them to do it themselves!
Accessing social prescribing services
GP's and other healthcare professionals can make direct referrals from an embedded form on their EMIS system, or alternatively encourage patients to make contact themselves.
Funded through Bristol City Council, and run by four partners; Southmead Development Trust, Knowle West Healthy Living Centre, Wellspring Healthy Living Centre and The Care Forum.