Links2Wellbeing social prescribing project
Attached is an article that discusses the transformative journey of John, a 62-year-old retiree from Oakville, Ontario, who transitioned from being a client to a volunteer through the Links2Wellbeing social prescribing project. After facing challenging situations, including traumatic work he did related to 9/11 and personal losses, John found himself in the shelter system. A case manager from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) referred him to the social prescribing program, where Jolaine Montgomery, acting as a Link Worker, connected him with Seniors’ Active Living Centres (SALCs). John initially joined the euchre program, quickly becoming involved and forming lasting friendships. His passion for history led him to transition from a client to a volunteer, giving talks on Indigenous topics. In this article, John emphasizes the importance of the social aspect of the centre’s programs and praises the staff for providing the right balance of support and independence. Jolaine notes that social prescribing referrals come primarily from CMHA and a few solo physicians, with outreach to primary health care providers being an evolving challenge. John and Jolaine highlight the program's ultimate impact—creating a sense of belonging and community, where participants feel cared for and supported in facing life issues. Jolaine's involvement in the program has enhanced her job satisfaction, emphasizing the joy of making people happy and fostering connections.
Click HERE for more information on the Links2Wellbeing project and a video by the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO) that shares the benefits and impact of the Links2Wellbeing social prescribing project.
Links2Wellbeing and Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario
Dec 06, 2023
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