Are you 11 – 18 years old? 

Do you live in Cranbrook? 

Would you like support to improve your wellbeing?

There is now a new kind of support for young people in Cranbrook and their families. It’s called the Community Connection Programme!

What is this Programme about?

The Programme uses something called social prescribing to support the wellbeing of Cranbrook’s young people.

Sometimes we feel we want to make changes in our life, but we aren’t sure how to do it.

For example, we might want to make more friends, be less worried, have someone to talk to about our family or mental health, try a new hobby or sport, but we’re overwhelmed and we don’t know where to start.

Sounds familiar? A Community Connector can support you with that!

A Community Connector is someone who will:

  • Listen and get to know you,
  • Help you think about what is important to you and what you want to be different,
  • Support you on the steps you can take to get there.

A Community Connector can help you to:

  • Meet new people and feel less lonely,
  • Join a club,
  • Learn new skills,
  • Do more things that you enjoy,
  • Identify new things that might be right for you,
  • Help you to be more mindful,
  • Find somebody to talk to if you need to vent,
  • Become more active,
  • Find volunteering experiences….. and much more!

How does it work?

The Community Connector works through a referral system.

Cranbrook GP Surgery and schools in Cranbrook can refer you to the Community Connecting programme.

You can discuss what you’re going through with them and decide if what the programme offers is suitable for you.

If you decide to be referred, the Community Connector will receive the referral and will be in touch with you to have your first meeting and take it from there.

People that can refer you to the Programme in Cranbrook:

GP Surgery: GPs, nurses, and health and wellbeing coaches can all refer you. Call Cranbrook GP Surgery on: 01404 819207

Cranbrook Education Campus: Call 01404 823 293 or ask Reception to be put in touch with Jo Westney, Family Liaison Officer

St. Martin’s Primary School: Call 01404 515 409 or ask your class teacher to be put in touch with Caren Flicker, Family Advocate.

Can I access the Programme without telling my parents?

You can access the programme without your parents’ consent if you’re at least 13 years old, making sure you give your own contact details to who is referring you.

If you’re 11 or 12 years old, the GP or school will need your parent/legal guardian’s consent to refer you to the Programme.

Can I access the Programme if I’m younger than 11 years old?

Yes, you can access the program through your parents/legal guardians and the Community Connector will work both with you and the adults in your family to provide support.

What if adults in my family are struggling?

Sometimes the reason why you don’t feel great is because things aren’t great at home. Maybe your family is struggling with money, the loss of a job, illness or mental health problems.  A Community Connector can also help other members of your family and of the community if they need support.  They can talk to the Surgery or your school to be referred. Don’t worry, your privacy will always be respected.

If you are nervous about speaking to your GP or school and have questions about the Programme before asking for a referral,  you can email at

The Community Connecting Programme is part of Wellbeing Exeter. Find out more at

Your local Community Connector, Silvia Salerno

Hi! My name is Silvia and I’m the Cranbrook Community Connector.

My background is in social work and group facilitation, but I’ve always been into the arts such as dancing, painting, modelling.

In my free time I like to cook, bake, practice mindfulness, stay in nature and create!

I’m looking forward to meeting you and talk about what matters to you.

If you are nervous about speaking to your GP or your children’s school and have questions about the Programme, you can email me at