ConnectWELL

ConnectWELL - Social Prescribing Project
ConnectWELL is a way to improve your life your way, by linking an individual to a range of non-medical community activities and organisations to help improve health and wellbeing, such as: advice and information services, community groups, leisure activities, lunch clubs, self-help groups, specialist interest groups, sporting activities, and lots lots more.

The free service is available for anybody over 18 in the Rugby Borough, and in parts of Nuneaton. It is delivered by Warwickshire CAVA, and has received funding from NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Warwickshire County Council, the RIPPLE project and the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme.

Specific support is also available to those with severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The RIPPLE (Respiratory Innovation: Promoting a Positive Life Experience) Group in Coventry is run in partnership between NHS CWPT and Coventry University. The TAB (Take a Breath) Programme in Rugby is run partnership between ConnectWELL, Rugby's Myton Day Hospice, SWFT Community Matrons, and UHCW NHS Trust Department of Spiritual Care. 

How to refer

All Medical Practices across Rugby, 3 Medical Practices in Nuneaton, and some other Health Professionals across Warwickshire, can refer patients to this social prescribing service via crccg.connectwell@nhs.net 

Individuals can self-refer by calling 01788 539572.

As a Health Professional you have lots of pulls on your resources. If you identify that your patient needs some extra support, you can complete just ONE quick easy referral form, already on your network. This will enable your patient to have a consultation with us to signpost them to as many of the 900+ activities and services as would help them to improve their health and wellbeing.

After referral:

  • ConnectWELL Navigators can signpost you to activities that interest you
  • ConnectWELL Health Buddies can offer support and encouragement to attend the signposted services

Activities we signpost to

If you are a Voluntary Organisation or Community Group and would like to tell us about the activities that you offer, follow the link to our Project Directory to give the opportunity for our Navigators to signpost people to your service.

Want to join a fantastic, friendly, and award-winning team?
Do you enjoy supporting people to make positive decisions?
You could train to become one of our Navigator volunteers.

Are you calm and reassuring and interested in supporting somebody in a non-judgemental, non-advisory capacity?
A Health Buddy volunteer role could be for you.

Do you have attention to detail and are computer literate?
You could join our Administrative volunteers.

Do you like talking to people about a great cause? Do you have innovative ideas?
We are looking for Publicity volunteers.

Interested in helping out with the project, but not sure how?
Get in touch and we will see if we can find a way to utilise your skills.

The ConnectWELL volunteer team in Rugby won the Pride of Rugby Team of the Year Award in 2018, and were also finalists in this category in 2015 and 2017. We have several volunteering opportunities within the team. All our volunteers participate in Warwickshire CAVA's 'Volunteering in Health' Training Scheme, and ongoing role-specific training and support is provided. To find out more, contact ckavanagh@wcava.org.uk

Social Prescribing
Through our continuous learning from our experiences so far, we have developed core principles of social prescribing and a model (including a Resource Pack and a Training Scheme) that we would be happy to discuss with you.

For further information please call 01788 539572 to speak to a member of the team or email: gemma@wcava.org.uk

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