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Community Link Worker project

Our one-to-one support is confidential, regular and in a way which works best for you

Through social prescribing, we’re focusing to improve health outcomes for people experiencing stressors in their lives due to social problems, which could lead to poor mental health.

The Community Link Worker project collaborates with 29 selected GP surgeries across the Highlands – from Caithness to Lochaber and over to Nairn. Referrals are received from the GP to our Community Link Workers when there might be a concern caused by social factors, rather than a medical problem.

We’re entirely person-centred in our approach. Community Link Workers want to get to know you: we will get to know your interests, your likes and dislikes and build a relationship, social prescribing you to the service we think will best suit your needs. Our aim is to help people overcome barriers and we shape our support around you.

Once the referral has been made, our Community Link Workers will discuss your needs and work closely with you. You will be offered up to eight sessions with a member of our team, who will come up with a plan of action to help you feel a sense of achievement and make them feel more confidence to reach goals.

We discuss progress after each meeting. Final sessions with people accessing the service focus on the review of goals, outcomes and priorities. We can social prescribe to relevant services, such as walking groups and exercise classes or skills development.

We work with people who face multiple and complex challenges: mental health, social isolation, loneliness, poor housing conditions, unhealthy relationships, poor physical health, language barriers, discrimination, and more.


Our Information and Support Line is here to help you and find the local support you need. If you need more information about the Carer Support services we deliver across Scotland, contact 0300 323 1545 or

Contact our Community Link Worker team to find out more about our service in the Highlands.


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