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:

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. 

Get in touch:

Want to know more about our service?

Email: waystowellbeing@yorkcvs.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter: @W2WYork


Meet our team:

Emily Abbott

Emily Abbott

Ways to Wellbeing Project Lead

Hi, I’m Emily Abbott and I’m the Project Lead supporting the Ways to Wellbeing team. 

Ruth Ralph

Ruth Ralph

Project Support Officer - Ways to Wellbeing

Hi, I’m Ruth Ralph and I support the Ways to Wellbeing Team. 

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. 

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)