Friday 9th October is National Link Worker Day and we are launching the Edinburgh Community Link Worker (CLW) Network Annual Report!
This report focuses on the work carried out by CLWs in Edinburgh between April 2019 and March 2020, during which the project engaged with over 2000 clients. The report looks at:
- Referrals to a CLW.
How and why were clients referred to the CLW? The number of referrals was found to be above average in winter months, with mental health and social isolation being the main reasons.
- Engagements with a CLW.
We look at the different types of engagements CLWs have with clients, with over 7,800 face-to-face and telephone engagements taking place in the year.
- Demographics of the clients.
This section details the demographics of the clients in order to understand who is referred to the CLWs in Edinburgh.
- Links and outcomes for the clients.
Finally the report focuses on the onward referral destinations and found activity-based referrals, mental health support and social and community groups to be the most common. We use a mental wellbeing scale (sWEMWBS) to assess whether engaging with a CLW had a positive effect on mental wellbeing.
Read the full report here: CLW Annual Report