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Ways to Wellbeing

Connecting people to local community support to make them feel better

Now that social prescribing has been embedded in primary care. With Primary Care Link Workers, Ways to Wellbeing has moved to a second phase of delivery. We’re focusing on innovation and growing the reach of social prescribing in the city by embedding our practitioners in secondary services, where we’ve previously seen gaps in support. Get in touch to find out more.


Support during COVID-19

Currently due to COVID-19 the service is operating remotely and sessions are completed by telephone. In some instances door step or community face to face sessions may also be suitable and our approach will be flexible as guidance around COVID-19 changes.


What we do:

Ways to Wellbeing is an innovative social prescribing service that focuses on increasing access to social prescribing in York.  We believe in the power of collaboration, relationship, and exploring what is meaningful to someone in finding their own Ways to Wellbeing.  We don’t ask “what’s the matter with you”, we ask “what matters to you?”.

We support people we work with to find their own inner strength and skills to effect change.

We work with a wide variety of partners to:

  • Identify gaps in need,
  • Share knowledge, skills and resources
  • Influence wellbeing culture on a local and national level


How it works:

  • We base Ways to Wellbeing Practitioners in different services across York
  • We get referrals from a variety of professionals and self referrals from people accessing those services
  • We meet people at York CVS, in the community, or virtually, for a cuppa and a chat
  • We find out what life is like, and what is important to them
  • Then we come up with an idea together as to what might help
  • We work with others in the Voluntary and Community Sector to make it real
  • We experiment and try things out
  • Then we chat about how it goes


Our areas of work:

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Community Safety Hub

Ways to Wellbeing can currently help anyone over 18 not in crisis who has come into contact with the York Community Safety Hub. We focus on early intervention and prevention, giving people time and space to explore what is important to them, and working alongside them to identify strengths and overcome barriers to support. We connect people to resources and services in their community to support health and wellbeing.

Our collaboration with the Community Safety Hub is a brand new and innovative pilot project, so we aim to adapt and learn as we grow our partnership. If you’d like to know more, or discuss a case, please contact Samantha Jayne Fawcett, the Ways to Wellbeing Practitioner based with the Community Safety Hub. You can get in touch via email: samantha.fawcett@yorkcvs.org.uk or by telephone: 07522 229832.

Hospital Discharge

Our aim is to help people with their recovery and explore ways for them to lead fulfilling and healthy lives. Through our social prescribing interventions we strive to help prevent unnecessary social admissions to Hospital. We aim to help empower people to achieve their personal wellbeing goals, tackling social isolation and connecting them to their communities to help improve their health and wellbeing.

Mental Health

Our aim to provide highly bespoke and 1-2-1 care which is tailored to meet individual needs. Through our social prescribing, which is a collaborative intervention, we aim to address mental health in a holistic manner – this places the person at the centre in order to empower wellbeing. Our team can help with reducing social isolation, building self-esteem, fostering links with the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, creating community pathways, and identifying hobbies/passions and sport which are vital for improving health and wellbeing. 

Ways to Wellbeing Small Grants Fund

Funding for the small grants initiative comes from the Better Care Fund, a programme spanning NHS and local government which seeks to join-up health and social care services. The total small grants fund amounts to £20,000 and we will fund projects up to a maximum of £5,000 where there is substantial evidence to support this application. Applications for smaller amounts are also encouraged.

What is the purpose of the fund?

Ways to Wellbeing would like to invite partners to apply to this fund to continue to work together to increase opportunities to build strong support networks within the community. The aim of the fund is to contribute to the sustainability of projects that have a focus on social connectedness, reducing isolation and improving the physical and mental health of individuals. Partners need to focus on one or more of the below outcomes:

  • Access to art and culture
  • Employment, learning or volunteering
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Reducing social Isolation

The fund is open to both existing and new ventures. We are particularly keen to support applications from organisations that are linked to the three new areas we are developing Social Prescribing in whether this is either by providing funds to sustain and expand projects or to increase accessibility and reach.

The fund is available to charities, social enterprises, voluntary and community groups.

How to apply

Application details will be published when the fund re-opens for applications.

Get in touch:

Want to know more about our service?

Email: waystowellbeing@yorkcvs.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter: @W2WYork


Meet our team:

Christine Marmion-Lennon

Christine Marmion-Lennon

Social Prescribing Manager

HI I’m Christine Marmion-Lennon, I manage the Social Prescribing Team at York CVS.

Samantha Jane Fawcett

Samantha Jane Fawcett

Senior Ways to Wellbeing Practitioner

Hi, I’m Samantha Jane Fawcett, Senior Ways to Wellbeing Practitioner, Community Safety Hub and Training Offer Lead.

Vicki Bell

Vicki Bell

Ways to Wellbeing Practitioner

Hi I’m Vicki Bell the Ways to Well-being practitioner delivering social prescribing to patients discharged from York Hospital. 

Sylvie Simonds

Sylvie Simonds

Ways to Wellbeing Practitioner

Hi I’m Sylvie Simonds Ways to Wellbeing practitioner providing social prescribing to individuals accessing statuary mental health services in York.

Simon Daglish

Simon Daglish

Ways to Wellbeing Practitioner

Hi, I’m Simon Daglish, I support patients in Mental Health Wards on their ‘pathway to recovery’. I work alongside, and collaboratively with health and social care professionals and other agencies to promote consistent and ‘personalised care’.

Jasmine Howard

Jasmine Howard

Ways to Wellbeing Practitioner (Currently on Maternity Leave)