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Helen Clarke

Lead Social Prescriber

Social prescribing is a relatively new concept that places patients at the centre of their own non-clinical care, highlighting the ethos of “what matters to me,”  The aim is to help people discover ways to feel better and improve how they feel in a manner that supports their own decision making.


Social Prescribing offers help and support that doesn’t come in a tube or a bottle but instead through engagement with local and community based groups and resources to aid support, encourage participation and help reduce the impact of loneliness and isolation.


Helen has worked for many years in coaching, counselling and educational roles.  Helen is available to listen to 'What matters to you' and to help support you to improve health and wellbeing. This may involve connecting you to people and community groups or services for practical support.


Helen is leading our growing social prescribing team. You can read about the other members below.

Lorraine Gough

Social Prescriber

Hello, my name is Lorraine Gough and I have recently become a social prescriber for adult Mental Health with the New Forest Primary Care Network. Before joining this team I worked for South Central Ambulance Service, responding to 999 calls of all types. Prior to that I was a volunteer community first responder for the local area.


I have experience with a wide range of Mental Health issues that people are faced with, and I am looking forward to working with this team to positively impact on people’s wellbeing.

Jess Hurdidge

Social Prescriber

Hello, my name is Jess Hurdidge and I’ve joined the New Forest Primary Care Network as a mental health and young person’s Social Prescriber. I have a background working with young people, primarily aged 15 to 25 with a wide range of complex issues surrounding their mental health, substance misuse and trauma.


I’m extremely passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and supporting them to achieve their best possible outcome. I’m very pleased to be part of a new and exciting team.

What is Social Prescribing?

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Sam Jenkins

Social Prescriber

Hi, my name is Sam Jenkins and I have recently joined the Social Prescribing Team and will be focusing on Young People. Before I joined the team my previous role was in the Early Help Team within Children Services at BCP Council. I worked there for 10 years in various roles and have experience in delivering long term family support to vulnerable families, parents, children and young people.

In my spare time I am a volunteer mentor for the Fuse Project which aims to support young people’s wellbeing and mental health by guiding them through a five steps to wellbeing programme.

Areas that can be assisted with include:

Connecting with

Your Community

Support with Day

to Day Living 

Being Healthy

& Well 

Hobbies & Interests

Getting Out & Active

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How it works:

  • You and your GP agree for you to be referred to Social Prescribing,
  • Together with Lee or Helen you will agree a plan to achieve your goals through exploring what’s important in your life and identifying what services locally will benefit / help you,
  • You will be assisted in being signposted to services, community groups and support in your local area, which may include:
    • Healthy lifestyle & activity: Nutrition, diet & exercise, accessible to all (no matter your current level).
    • Arts, music, outdoors & creativity,
    • Befriending, counselling & other support groups,
    • Housing, benefits, financial support & advice,
    • Employment, training & volunteering,
    • Education & learning,
    • Getting involved in your community, 
    • Accessing specialist service & support.


    Our social prescribing team will be there for you whilst you are on this journey, follow up appointments are available to ensure you are happy with the process and ensuring you are on the right track to reaching your goals!