What is Community Connecting?

YMCA Exeter works closely with Wellbeing Exeter to run Community Connecting. Community Connecting is based on a process known as social prescribing, where GPs in Exeter can refer patients to a Community Connector to help address social, emotional or practical needs.

Over a small number of meetings, Community Connectors take time to listen to you, identify what is important to you, and introduce you to relevant information, services, activities or groups within the local community that might support you to: increase your wellbeing; take steps towards goals; managing challenges or enrich your life.

In summary, we meet up with you, you tell us what you enjoy doing and we help you to do more of what you enjoy with other people that share your interests.

Find out more about Community Connecting and Wellbeing Exeter.

Meet our connecting team

Becky Merriman

“Hi, I’m Becky. I have been working in different types of youth work for 6 years including running youth clubs and community connecting.

I am currently doing a course in youth, theology and innovation with Princeton Theological Seminary.  Young people are insightful, fun to be around and I love the opportunity to listen to them too. 

When I am not working I can normally be found out on Dartmoor walking my dog Flora who is two!”

Zac Spencer

“Hi, I’m Zac and I’m one of the Community Connectors here at YMCA Exeter.

I am originally from Yorkshire and have lived here in the South West for six years now, after studying at London School of Theology and working in a boarding school.

A big passion of mine is gaming, there is nothing like a massive game world to explore! I also love to play team sports and get down to the football pitch when I can.”

How to speak to a Community Connector

If you think that community connecting would be a good way for you to improve your wellbeing and get involved with your local community then you need to get in touch with your Exeter-based GP who can refer you to our project.

If you have any questions or would like more information, whether for yourself or someone you know, then please contact our team on wellbeing@ymcaexeter.org.uk or call us 01392 410530. We can’t wait to hear from you.

In partnership with:

Wellbeing Exeter YMCA partnership mental health support