Social Prescribing



Social Prescribing

We believe in a holistic approach to active aging.

The Social Prescribing Program aims to elevate the seniors’ quality of life by enhancing social connectedness and physical activeness via the utilization of community-based programs.  The Social Prescribing program improves outcomes for seniors by offering more choice and control over their lives and improving a sense of belonging in the community. The program targets root causes of health inequalities and is an important facet of community-centered practice. The program’s mission is to delay frailty, encourage self-care management and reduce loss of independence.

It is funded by United Way BC and led by Volunteer Cowichan 

This program is now accepting referrals from medical professionals of patients 60 years of age or older who require more than a medical prescription to support their health. To refer a patient please check out this form-guide and then complete this form and send it to .

Once a medical professional informs a patient of the Social Prescribing Program,  our Program Coordinator will conduct a thorough interview to assess their needs & interests. Depending on the individual’s interests and needs, we will recommend programs or activities for the senior’s consideration & participation.

If you are not a medical professional but know of someone who may be able to benefit from Volunteer Cowichan’s  programs for older adults 60 years and older, you can contact us at

See our community based resources for older adults