Volunteering on Prescription

We are currently working with several GP practices on this project which aims to create a better understanding of the role GPs are able to play in signposting older people to local preventative care support.

It is anticipated the project will respond to the growing interest across Scotland in social prescribing and the ways in which this can contribute to preventative care. There is currently no overview of this in Scotland but there are some insights from other areas of the UK. There are continuing challenges and confusion around the role of GP’s as key contact points in the community for older people and in relation to signposting to preventive support provided by local Volunteer Involving Organisations.

There is evidence of GP’s involving volunteers directly in their practices and signposting to opportunities but little evidence of sharing good practice and widespread understanding of the impact. Given the response to the GP survey in the VEnable project, there is a high level of interest in this area and a need for greater clarity and guidance of the relationship between GP’s, service users and volunteer involving organisations.

The video below brings to life the difference volunteering can make to people’s lives. Both volunteers and people who benefit from the Monifieth Befrienders Project share their experiences.