What is Ways to Wellbeing?

Ways to Wellbeing provides a free and confidential social prescribing service to anyone over the age of 18 living in and around the greater Fishponds area of Bristol.

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Social prescribing is a form of social support within the community.

Ways to Wellbeing is led by our volunteers and service users and together we have made a short Ways to Wellbeing Celebration Film to tell you more about us. Watch our film here

What do we offer?

We find activities to help people get out of the house, become more socially connected, be more active, feel better in themselves and, if they want to, to make a difference in their community.

We offer a bespoke service. We give up to nine free and confidential one-hour sessions in a safe place during which a supporter will talk about the person’s interests, find opportunities to suit them and help them to take part.

We can help people to find voluntary work, access support services, enrol on courses, join clubs and classes, get back to work, take up fitness activities, or get further support.

By getting involved, people make friends, learn new hobbies, boost their self-confidence and improve their health and wellbeing.

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Who would benefit from this service?

We support people who:

  • feel depressed or low
  • feel socially isolated – little or no support from family/friends
  • are out of work or unable to work owing to sickness
  • are recently bereaved
  • are a carer or ex-carer
  • fear the outside world
  • experience high levels of anxiety
  • feel low in confidence or self-esteem
  • have few or no hobbies or interests.

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What do our service users say?

Clients are positive about the support they get:

“The help has been good; I have started to do things which have helped my wellbeing. I now have friends and enjoy going to my new classes”.

 

How do I get involved?

If you are interested or know someone who you think could benefit; the process is simple.

Tel: 0117 9654444 to speak to a member of the team:

Stefano Manfredi, Bruce MulCahy and Ellen Devine

(between the hours of 9am and 5pm Mondays to Fridays) or

E-mail: waystowellbeing@thecareforum.org.uk

 

Interested in volunteering for Ways to Wellbeing?

As a volunteer, your role as a ‘wellbeing supporter’ will involve working on a one-to-one basis with someone for six to nine sessions over a four to six month period. The role involves searching for and signposting the client to local opportunities and services. The overall aim would be to improve clients’ wellbeing by offering practical assistance and emotional support.

Please click for an Application Pack.