Tell us about your organisation?
Red Zebra provides a variety of services enabling people to be involved and active in their communities and to remain independent in their own homes. These include social prescribing, helping socially isolated people to reconnect with their community; a volunteer transport service enabling people to attend essential appointments and a ‘Roma in the Lead’ project, which aims to address issues Roma migrants face around integration and difficulties in accessing services.
We work across East Kent, however, more specifically, our Social Prescribing Service covers Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Sandwich, Ash and Faversham as well as the surrounding areas. As long as you are registered to a GP practice in these demographics, you can access the service! We can always point you in the right direction if you don’t though.
What services do you offer people living with cancer?
The two services at Red Zebra that can support people living with Cancer are the Social Prescribing Service and the Community Transport. Community Transport is a volunteer led service helping people to get to their medical appointments. Social prescribing can connect people living with cancer, as well as their friends and families to services in their local community that can support them in their overall wellbeing and find assets that are out there that can support them in their journey. The benefits of this approach include helping people to:
- Feel more involved in the community
- Meet new people
- Make small changes to improve health and wellbeing
Connect Well is accessible by all – health professionals are being trained to refer people directly to services and we also have two coordinators who can arrange to meet individuals if necessary to help navigate the directory.
If you are an organisation or service provider and would like to be listed on the directory or want to find out more about how Connect Well works please contact us.
Do you have a target demographic who use your services?
Anyone over the age of 18 can access our service; however we can also work with Children through the families if needed. There really is no other requirement! We believe that everyone can benefit in some way from Social Prescribing.
Our community transport service is currently based in Whitstable, and therefore you need to be a resident in the CT5 postcode. We prioritise people who find it difficult to access public transport whether due to age, disability or otherwise.
How are you funded?
As a charity we are funded by a variety of different streams for different projects. Our Social Prescribing Service is NHS funded through the Primary Care Network in Herne Bay as well as the Clinical Commissioning Groups. Our community transport is mainly funded by membership fees and donations, as well as some funding from the CCG.