A social prescribing scheme was launched in North Cotswolds in November with the aim of making a positive difference to the lives of local people.

GPs will be able to refer patients who require support, but do not necessarily have a medical need.

The service is provided by local charity, Cotswold Friends, who meet with patients to identify how they can improve their health and wellbeing and link them up with sources of community support (e.g. voluntary groups, activity clubs etc.) within their local area.

Social prescribing has already had a positive impact across Gloucestershire, supporting patients with issues such as coping with caring responsibilities, social isolation and living healthier lives.