Social Prescribing

Meet the Social Prescribers

Jean-Paul Winter, Louise Birch and Anita Maidment are our Social Prescribers. They are employed by our Primary Care Network, Coast & Country across 5 local practices: Stratton, Holsworthy and Hatherleigh, Bradworthy and Neetside. The team offer face-to-face and telephone appointments throughout the week and can be contacted through your usual surgery.

Social Prescribing is a way of linking people to the vast array of services, groups and activities provided locally to help people develop happier healthier lifestyles. Patients can be referred to our social prescribers by their GP, by contacting them directly at any of the named surgeries above, or by simply booking in to the clinics.

To book in with  Louise (Stratton and Neetside surgeries), JP (Holsworthy and Bradworthy) or Anita (Holsworthy and Hatherleigh), please contact your usual surgery or use email:

For more details please click the link: Social Prescribing Leaflet

Please note: some information and staff members have changed since this leaflet was printed. 

Frequently needed information

Please read our Quick Guide to some regularly-used services across Devon and Cornwall that may be of help to you, whilst you wait to speak to one of the Social Prescribers.



ADULT SOCIAL CARE CORNWALL - to request help for an adult living in Cornwall.

Tel: 0300 1234 131


ADULT SOCIAL CARE DEVON  (Care Direct)- to request help for an adult living in Devon.

Tel: 0345 155 1007



Please find below a list of good advice sites that may be of help to you before talking to one of the Social Prescribers.




MONEY HELPER - free and impartial money and pensions guidance for people all across the UK, from the Money And Pensions Service. Includes: benefits, budgeting, family finance, savings, work, pensions and retirement. Webchat also available.

PENSION CREDIT - around a third of eligible pensioners aren't claiming Pension Credit. Check if you could get help with living costs by going to the government website HERE or call 0800 99 1234.

HELP FOR HOUSEHOLDS - for a link to the Universal Credit support pages, outlining support packages available regarding Cost of Living payments and links to financial support available to people in eligible groups click HERE.

COST OF LIVING SUPPORT PAYMENTS (Cornwall) - support being given to families with children, includes free school meal, and support payments.

COST OF LIVING SUPPORT PAYMENTS (Devon) - general listing of financial help available to people on low incomes, struggling to pay water, energy and food bills.


For people living in Cornwall: 

Call: 0300 1234 161



For people living in Devon:

Call: 01237 428849 (Torridge),  

01822 813600 (West Devon), 

01271 388870 (North Devon)



Support for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless:

SHELTER  Free helpline: 0808 800 4444 

ST PETROCS (Cornwall) Tel: 01872 264153

ENCOMPASS SOUTHWEST Tel: 01271 371 499


For a full listing of local and national agencies supporting people through periods of bereavement click HERE


Support for unpaid carers looking after loved ones, family or friends.

Cornwall Carers: click HERE

Tel: 01736 756655


PROMAS courses for carers in Cornwall: click HERE

Tel: 01736 339226


Devon Carers: click HERE

Tel: 03456 434 435


Carers Allowance: click HERE



CORNWALL COUNCIL offers grants, loans and subsidies for energy use. Click HERE for details.


If you have a household income of less than £30,000 a year, and live in Devon or Torbay, you may be eligible for free energy efficiency improvements to your home worth thousands of pounds. Click HERE for details of the Cosy Devon scheme and eligibility.

West Devon Council energy support click HERE

Torridge Council energy efficiency advice click HERE

North Devon energy efficiency grants and loans click HERE


National Grid (previously Western Power) operate a Priority Services  Register. Free and confidential, it provides extra help and support during a power cut for people who are elderly, very ill or have a disability, if you rely on power for medical equipment or if you have any other priority need.

Call 105 in a power cut

Tel: 0800 096 3080 for general enquiries or go online HERE to find out more.