Connect Well was established as the name for the social prescribing programme in Mid Essex in  2015.

Following months of development work with the VC Connect team at Voluntary Action Sheffield and Community 360 (formerly Colchester CVS) the first pilot site Connect Well Essex has been launched and utilises the new social prescribing platform VC Connect for Wellbeing.

The Connect Well Essex site will be used across the county to support the existing Connect Well social prescribing programme in Mid Essex, and the My Social Prescription scheme in Colchester and Tendring. Basildon and Brentwood will join the collaboration.

It was launched to local partners, funders and service providers at Chelmsford Centre Supporting Voluntary Action’s AGM event in September 2015, and was rolled out to the public at a series of community events.

From 1 April 2019 Connect Well will form part of the Live Well Link Well collaboration to deliver social prescribing across Mid Essex.