Social Prescription is an innovative project of local public health service, created by some doctors. It is based on the perception that many patients, more than 30% of whom are immigrants, turn to the doctor not because they are truly sick, but because they feel alone or emotionally unbalanced.
When these situations are identified, the social worker of the health center prescribes a “social remedy”, for example volunteering in an organization of the territory, participating in Portuguese classes or in activities that allow to create a network of contacts, etc.
Meetings with all local social partners are held periodically to identify such opportunities. The last of these meetings was held on November 7, and Renovar a Mouraria presented WEMIN and the opportunities this project represents for migrant women and for women in the community, as well.
Some of the women participating in the Portuguese Language and Culture training joined through their participation in Social Prescription.