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First advice session held

SOCIAL prescribing was among the help available at a Bognor Regis information event.

 

The community occasion saw at least seven organisations present at the Regis Centre for its first staging.

 

Among them was Age UK West Sussex. Its social presciption co-ordinator, Lorna Grant, said: “We help people with social isolation and social needs.

 

“We signpost people to the agencies which can support them.

 

“I work with four different GPs’ surgeries and there are three of us who are linked to nine surgeries around the town.

 

“We are very busy. The referrals keep coming all the time.

 

“They can be people who are socially isolated, suffer from anxiety, depression or with mental health problems or homelessness. We started in May and I find it really rewarding. We support people for different lengths of time.”

 

Other topics covered at the Bognor Regis Town Council-held event included awareness of scams, help with emergencies and which councils are responsible for specific services.

 

Sheila Hodgson, the town council’s project officer, said: “We’ve had a few people through the door.

 

“We have had information here that people may not have known about and could benefit from.”

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