ConnectWELL

ConnectWELL - Social Prescribing Project
ConnectWELL is a way to improve your life your way. The aim is to identify what matters to a person and then link 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. ONE quick easy referral form, enables people to have a consultation with us to signpost them to as many of the 1200+ activities and services available in Rugby as would help them to improve their health and wellbeing.

The free service is available for anybody over 18 in the Rugby Borough. It is delivered by Warwickshire CAVA, and receives funding from Rugby Health Primary Care Network, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and the RIPPLE project. At times since 2015, NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, Warwickshire County Council and the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme have also provided funding for delivery.

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. 

There is also a telephone befriending service available to anyone in Warwickshire over 18 who would benefit from a weekly chat with a volunteer.

How to refer

For the befriending service, referrals are accepted from across Warwickshire from any service, health professional or self-referral.

For the social prescribing service, self-referrals are accepted and all medical practices across Rugby, can refer patients.

Referrals can be made via crccg.connectwell@nhs.net 

If you wish to refer yourself, please click here  or call 01788 539572.

After referral:

  • ConnectWELL Link Workers can support you to identify and access the activities that interest you

  • ConnectWELL Health Buddies can offer support and encouragement to attend the signposted services

  • ConnectWELL telephone befrienders can call you weekly to chat

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.

When ConnectWELL signposts a person to an activity, it is the individual's choice to follow up, attend and to ensure that they are satisfied that the Voluntary and Community Sector Organisation has appropriate policies and procedures in place.

ConnectWELL are working with Quality for Health to promote quality assurance standards for groups and organisations delivering Health and Wellbeing Services. For more information on this Award scheme please contact connectwelladmin@wcava.org.uk

Want to join a fantastic, friendly, and award-winning team?
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 varied volunteering opportunities within the team. All our volunteers participate in a comprehensive training induction, and ongoing role-specific training and support is provided. To find out more, contact ckavanagh@wcava.org.uk

Data Protection

In line with our Privacy Policy ConnectWELL as a project of Warwickshire CAVA ensures that your data and privacy is protected. ConnectWELL will only contact individuals on the basis of a third party referral or self-referral where it is clear that you have consented to this referral. You can ask to see the data held on you at anytime by contacting the project directly and have the right to ask for this information to be removed. 

All information is securely stored and access restricted through a securely encrypted database and only used to ensure that community provision can be matched to the patient/individual referred. 

Your information will never be shared with a third party without your individual consent unless a genuine safeguarding concern exists. 

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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