Since October 2013, a small group of staff from our Community Development team have been working with doctors to provide a new kind of support to residents in the Craigmillar area of Edinburgh.
Community Compass is funded by the Alliance and the Scottish Government. The project is designed to support people to connect with local services and help them overcome challenges they are facing, using an approach known as social prescribing.
The team works in partnership with Craigmillar Medical Group, taking referrals from people experiencing issues that can't be addressed clinically such as debt, unemployment or isolation. Community Compass project workers get to know each individual and what is important in their lives. Working together, plans are created to help each person reach his or her goals.
As well as working closely with Craigmillar Medical Group, the Community Compass team are able to take referrals from other agencies and organisations such as the Thistle Foundation and hold regular community drop in days for individuals.
A GP from Craigmillar Medical Group explained that, "the support the Compass team give is tailored to each individual's needs, this makes it much more likely to suceed than a 'one size fits all' approach."
Leah has been supported by the project for seven months. For her, "having Community Compass in my life is like having a safe harbour. They always have time to listen and offer solutions which might help."
As well as working closely with individuals, Community Compass have established a number of community activities including a cooking group, a gardening group and a Men's Shed project. These groups provide additional activities for individuals within the Craigmillar community and enable people to come together in a safe, relaxed and friendly environment.
To find out more about Community Compass, please contact Helena Richards, Community Project Manager on 0131 659 4736 or email email@example.com.