Ways to Wellbeing

York CVS’s pilot project uses the social prescribing model to connect people to health and wellbeing services in their community

It has been estimated that around 20 percent of patients consult their GP for what is primarily a social concern.

Social prescribing provides GPs with an alternative referral service when working with people who require health and wellbeing support, but whose needs are non-medical. Here in York the pilot scheme is known as Ways to Wellbeing.

A GP is limited in the support they can offer a person who is, for example, lonely. Now a GP could refer this person to Ways to Wellbeing, which is designed to connect people with activities and services in their community.

Jasmine Howard

Jasmine Howard

Ways to Wellbeing Coordinator

You can contact Jasmine using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Number of referrals so far

Number of voluntary organisations referred to

More information and statistics about the project and its benefits are available in the downloadable Ways to Wellbeing leaflet.

Download our Ways to Wellbeing leaflet here


  1. Davidson & Rossall (2014) Age UK Loneliness Evidence Review (Internet). Available from ageuk.org.uk (accessed 09/01/2017).
  2. Dayson & Bashir (2014) The social and economic impact of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Pilot: Summary Evaluation Report. Sheffield Hallam University.
  3. Personal Social Services Research Unit 2016) Unit Cost of Health and Social Care 2016 (Internet). Available from: http://www.pssru.ac.uk/project-pages/unit-costs/2016/index.php (accessed 06/01/2017).
  4. Mental Health Foundation (2017) Stress (Internet). Available from https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/stress (accessed 06/01/2017).
  5. Mann et al (2003) Self-esteem in a broad-spectrum approach for mental health promotion. Oxford Journals Health Education Research, 19 (4), 357-372.


Focusing on benefits, debt or housing support


Emotional and mental wellbeing

Helping with isolation and providing support

Fitness and exercise

Advice on living a healthy lifestyle

Social and leisure activities

Improving confidence and meeting new people

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed by NEF from evidence gathered in the UK government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing. The project, reporting in 2008, drew on state-of-the-art research about mental capital and mental wellbeing through life. It asked NEF to develop the five ways to wellbeing to communicate its key findings.

The poster to the right describes how the five actions have helped create pathways to health and wellbeing for residents in York.

You can learn more about the New Economic Foundation and their evidence on Ways to Wellbeing by clicking on the poster to the right.

Check out our new film on Ways to Wellbeing by clicking on the image below.

Click this link to the NHS England website to find out more about Ways to Wellbeing, volunteering and participation.

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