Social Prescribers Newsletter

21 February 2023

Encouraging patients to stay well.

Advice for staying safe and well in the cold weather.

As we head into winter, Hampshire County Council is advising residents to follow some simple steps to keep warm and safe. These include:  

* Ways to keep warm at home  

* Help that is available to anyone struggling to heat their home 

* Eating well to keep warm 

* Looking out for relatives and neighbours who might be vulnerable to the cold weather 


Read more information from Hampshire County Council. Connect to Support Hampshire also has information about Keeping warm in winter,

including help with fuel costs and where to find warm spaces. 


Help is at hand for anyone struggling to keep their home warm 


Hitting the cold spots phone line is

available for advice and guidance, from temporary heating and first-time central heating, to arranging home visits and sourcing boiler repair funding. Read more from Hampshire County Council website

More information about Hitting the Cold Spots can be found online. The team can be called on 0800 804 8601 (lines open from 9am-5pm, Mon. to Fri). The phone advice line is available to all Hampshire residents. Some services have eligibility criteria, and the advisors will discuss the best possible solution for each caller. 


A range of support is on offer between now and March, to help households in need with the costs of food, energy and other essentials.  


Using the Household Support Funding from the Department for Work and Pensions, Hampshire County Council is working together with schools, community groups, local councils and other

organisations to provide the following support: 


Help with energy costs: local Citizens Advice services are supporting eligible households with the costs of gas, water and / or electricity bills. Households who qualify for support can contact their local Citizens Advice directly.   

Help with food costs: there are 19 Community Pantries across Hampshire which provide food at a lower cost than supermarkets, in exchange for a small membership fee. 

Food vouchers: food vouchers will be available to households who receive council tax support, and households who receive housing benefit. These will be distributed by local district and borough

councils in the coming months. Those who are eligible won’t need to do anything; they’ll be

contacted by their local council. 

Housing costs: local district and borough councils can provide support for housing costs in

exceptional circumstances. People can contact their local council if they think they may be eligible for emergency support. 

Support from schools: schools in Hampshire have received funding to help families with the costs of food, energy, water, school uniform and other essentials. Anyone in need of support should contact their child’s school, college or early years setting to see how they may be able to help   


To find out more about the support available, visit the connect4communities website. You can find more information about managing the cost of living this winter on Connect to Support Hampshire. 

See also: Cost of living help (



No Smoking Day Wed. 8 March 2023

ASH (Action on Smoking and Health)


The theme for No Smoking Day this year is brain health and the link between

smoking and dementia. ASH has been working with Alzheimer’s Research UK in development of a toolkit whose research demonstrates low awareness amongst smokers of the increased risk of dementia caused by smoking. The campaign will encourage smokers to ‘never give up

giving up’ and signpost them to the NHS Better Health Quit Smoking website which includes a wealth of information and

support to help smokers on their quitting journey.


No-Smoking-Day-2023-Communications-toolkit.pdf (


Social Prescribing Day 9th March 2023

A celebration of Social Prescribing


Demonstrating the amazing impact it can have on people’s health and wellbeing. Many things that affect our health can’t be treated by doctors or medicine alone – like loneliness, isolation, or stress due to

numerous issues inc. financial pressures or poor housing.


Social Prescribing Drop-in, Thursday 9th March
Portchester Health Centre 9am — 12pm
Centre Practice, The Health Centre, 1pm - 4pm

 Come and visit to find out more and say hello to the Social Prescribers


Support Helpline

The ongoing war and violence in Ukraine has caused families to

forcibly leave their homes in search of safety, with many arriving to the UK - Ukraine Free Telephone helpline: 0800 148 85 86


During this very distressing and uncertain time, children and adults will need continued support. In response to this, following discussion with the Association of Ukraine in Great Britain, the helpline has been set up to provide a holistic support service. The helpline is available to anyone

fleeing the war in Ukraine

Help for anyone fleeing the war in Ukraine | Helplines (





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