Social connections are important proactive factors that help to maintain and promote good physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

The Ballyhoura Community Wellbeing Social Prescribing Project will link people with and support them to get involved with sources of support in their community.

As well as self-referrals it will provide GP’s and other primary care professionals with non-medical options to improve Health & Wellbeing.

This project is funded through the HSE-Traveller Health unit and the Ballyhoura Development Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP)


Who is it for?

  • Anyone over 18
  • If you feel isolated, stressed, anxious or lonely
  • If you enjoy the company of others and would like to explore options available to you in the community.

What are the benefits?

  • Learn a new skill or participate in a new activity
  • Improve your mental and physical health
  • Meet new people
  • Receive social support from others
  • Increase self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Become involved in your community


Examples of support available in the community:

  • Men’s groups | Men’s Shed | Women’s Groups
  • Health & Fitness Activities | Walking Groups | Park Runs
  • Self Help groups | Parenting Groups | Arts & Crafts
  • Education & Training Opportunities
  • Much More

What happens when someone is referred to the project:

  • Meet with Social Prescribing Officer
  • The Social Prescribing officer will work with you to  develop a personal action plan
  • The Social Prescribing officer will spend time talking to you about activities that interest you, explore hobbies and identify opportunities for involvement within the community.
  • The Social Prescribing officer will work at you where you are at, to support you to get involved in activities in the community, they will support you to attend the activities and link in with you to discuss how you are getting on and check if you are interested in continuing your new activity

Online Referral Form

Download Referral Form

Download Social Prescribing Project Brochure

For any further information please, contact Jacki Hehir at [email protected]  or 086-0660560


Watch: Jacki Hehir, Development Officer had a conversation with Dr. Darach O'Ciardha, Principal GP with "GPs of Tallaght Cross" where they have a popular Social Prescribing service. Dr. O'Ciardha talked with Jacki about the Tallaght Cross Social Prescribing service, the benefits to the practice, patients, and the wider community.