Wednesday, 24 May 2017 11:45

Plymouth Healthy Futures - Social Prescribing & Counselling

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"A stepping stone to a healthier, happier you"


The Healthy Futures service works with 22 GP practices in Plymouth to support patients who need help with something non-medical that is affecting their health and wellbeing. 

The surgeries we are working with are:

  • Adelaide Street Surgery
  • Budshead Medical Practice
  • Devonport Health Centre
  • Efford Medical Centre
  • Elm Surgery
  • Ernesettle Medical Centre
  • Friary House Surgery
  • Knowle House Surgery
  • Laira Surgery
  • Mannamead Surgery
  • Mount Gould Primary Care Centre
  • North Road West Medical Centre
  • Oakside Surgery
  • Peverell Park Surgery
  • Roborough Surgery
  • Southway Surgery
  • Stirling Road Surgery
  • St Levan Surgery
  • St Neots Surgery
  • Stoke Surgery
  • Trelawny Surgery
  • West Hoe Surgery
  • Wycliffe Surgery

The service is also available to people living in the Wolseley Trust’s area of benefit. Please click here to view our catchment area.


What we can do for you?

  • If you need help with something non-medical, a referral can be made to the Healthy Futures Service. 
  • You will have an assessment with a Link Worker, they will listen to you and try to identify what type of support may need. 
  • Your Link Worker will work alongside you to create a plan to help you reach your goals and improve your wellbeing. 
  • Your Link Worker will then let you know about other local organisations and activities, that can help you further and support you to access them.

For more information about what we can help with and how to be referred to the service, please call us on 01752 203673

Please note: there is currently a waiting list for this service due to high demand - to find out the length of the waiting list, please contact the Healthy Futures office on 01752 203673.

History and Development

The Wolseley Trust has been delivering Social Prescribing in our area of benefit in partnership with local surgeries since 2012.  This service was funded by the Office for the Director of Public Health and the Wolseley Trust to meet the social needs of local people.  Up until 2017, the service had supported over 500 people.

The service expanded in March 2018 following the award of funding from Plymouth City Council to run an eighteen month pilot to 12 additional surgeries in areas of need across the city.  This brought the total of surgeries we are working with to eighteen and enabled our team to make links and connections in new neighbourhoods.  To deliver the pilot we recruited three additional link workers (L-R – Linda, Sarah and Sarah) to join our team and work with new patients as the service grew.

In June 2018 we learned we were one of twenty-three projects across the country to receive some funding from NHS England’s Health and Wellbeing Fund to further expand the service.  This has enabled us to partner with four more surgeries (bringing the total to twenty-two) and recruit two more Link Workers. We have also been able to fund a Counselling Coordinator and Community Development Worker to add value to the work we are doing.  Our Counselling Coordinator oversees the counselling service which runs in parallel with social prescribing (please click here to learn more about our counselling service).  Our Community Development Worker enhances our knowledge and partnerships with local voluntary and community organisations which are key to this model and the variety of support we can offer people using our service.

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Wolseley Trust Counselling Service

Our Counselling Service is available to people referred to Healthy Futures and offers counselling support to patients working in the following surgeries:

  • Devonport
  • Efford
  • Knowle House
  • Mannamead
  • Mount Gould
  • Roborough
  • St Levan
  • St Neots
  • Stoke
  • Trelawny

The service is also available to people living in the Wolseley Trust’s area of benefit.  Please click here to view our Catchment Area.

People referred to the service will meet with a qualified counsellor for an assessment and be given information about what talking therapies are available to meet their need.  People with low level anxiety and depression may be offered support from the Wolseley Trust’s volunteer counsellors who are currently undertaking a clinical placement as part of the final stages of training for a Level 4 diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.  Our Counsellors are student members of the BCAP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work in accordance with the BCAP ethical framework.

The counselling service is for adults aged 18yrs and over referred by their link worker for counselling support.  Counselling is a talking therapy and an opportunity to explore any worries or issues within a safe confidential space with someone who is trained to listen.

Please click here to see our Counselling leaflet.

For more information about the counselling service, please contact the Healthy Futures office on 01752 203673 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Wolseley Trust Business Park
Unit 3
Wolseley Close

Tel: 01752 607449