Social and Field Visits

Tuesday 23 & Thursday 25 July


On the afternoon of Thursday 25 July, we will be offering delegates the chance to choose from attending a field visit or social visit. Please see the options below and note you are requested to choose just one option from those available. Please note the York Hospital Social Work Team (Multidisciplinary Adult Learning Disability Team) field visit will be offered on Tuesday 23 of July, all other options will take place on Thursday 25 July.

In order to book you must register for the ICSW Conference, you can select your choice when registering, if you have already registered you need to book here, and add your confirmation number and email address.


Field Visits

Transport will be provided to all listed below

Bridging the Gap – FULLY BOOKED



Bridging the Gap is a Personality Disorder Service commissioned by Health and Ministry of Justice and designed to support the outcomes of Offender Personality Disorder Pathway. We provide a community-based service to work with men in the Criminal Justice System who have Personality Disorder Traits. We offer Psychological and Social Interventions to support our service users to manage risk of harm, reduce re-offending and develop psychological well-being and social engagement. Psychological interventions include Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy and trauma work. Delegates are very welcome to visit the service to speak to staff, find out about our work and meet some of our service users.

St Leonards Hospice – FULLY BOOKED



St Leonard’s Hospice is an independent charity, providing specialist palliative care and support for local people with life limiting illnesses. We have an In-patient Unit, Sunflower Centre and Hospice@Home service. In this relaxed and friendly environment, every patient is recognised and treated as an individual. With our support patients are able to enjoy the best possible quality of life. Our care also extends to support families and carers. Visit St Leonard’s Hospice for a short presentation on the work of the hospice and a tour of the facilities.

York Hospital Social Work Team (Multidisciplinary Adult Learning Disability Team)

This field visit will take place on Tuesday 23 July.




York City Council Social Services offer the opportunity to visit their multidisciplinary adult learning disability team, hear about the work they do and take a tour of the facilities

York Hospital Social Work Team (Main Council Offices) – FULLY BOOKED



York City Council Social Services offer the opportunity to visit the main Council offices, hear about the work they do and take a tour of the facilities.

York Travellers Trust



At York Traveller’s Trust we support people from the Gypsy and Traveller Communities with various things including paperwork, CV’s, job searches, emotional well-being, mental health, literacy skills and crafts. Further details are on our website. Visit YTT offices and have the opportunity to take part in a facilitated Safe Space conversation exploring the complexities of the community and learning more of the cultures and customs.

Social Trips

Castle Howard

Take a trip to Castle Howard, one of England’s finest historic houses, set in a thousand acres of sweeping parkland dotted with statues, temples, lakes and fountains. Inside discover world-renowned collections gathered by succeeding generations of the Howard family. Built over 300 years ago, today it remains a family home. Castle Howard is perfect for a group visit: the theatrical splendour of the House; the fine art and furniture collections and exhibitions; the fascinating stories of family members across the centuries and wonderful gardens.

The coach will pick up at 12.30pm from the University of York, with travel time of around 45 minutes. You will have around 3 hours to explore at Castle Howard, with the coach leaving around 4.30pm and returning to the University by 5.30pm.

The trip to Castle Howard is charged at £25 per person. This includes your admission ticket to the house and grounds of Castle Howard and the transport costs but no refreshments are included.

Fountains Abbey and the Ripon Museums

This is a double trip where you will get to visit Fountains Abbey and then the Ripon Museums: The Prison and Victorian Workhouse, as well as free time in Ripon.

Fountains Abbey is surrounded by beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, this World Heritage Site has a lot to offer for a thoroughly enjoyable day out. The magnificent ruins of the once prosperous Fountains Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in the country, sit alongside a Georgian water garden that is sure to delight your senses. This breath-taking landscape is also home to a Jacobean manor house known as Fountains Hall, Studley Royal medieval deer park, a beautiful Victorian church and Cistercian water-mill.

At the Ripon Museums, you will visit the grim atmosphere of the Workhouse Museum, which has been carefully maintained in order to give visitors a sense of what life in a Victorian Workhouse could have been. For the Prison and Police Museum you are invited to sit in a prison cell, hear the door slam shut and imagine the harsh conditions of Victorian prison regimes. Try on prison uniforms, imagine the horror of being set in the pillory, strapped in a restraint chair or hung in chains!

After visiting the Ripon Museums, you will have free time in Ripon between 6.30pm – 9pm. Please note that dinner is not included in this trip, but there are many places to purchase food in Ripon. Then at 9pm you can see the Ripon Hornblower: every night of the year without fail, a horn is blown at the four corners of the Obelisk in Ripon Market Place to set the ‘watch’ and then outside the house of the Mayor. This ceremony commemorates the time in the Middle Ages when Ripon’s first citizen, the Wakeman, was responsible for crime prevention in the city from 9pm until dawn and had to compensate victims of burglary.

The coach will pick up attendees at 12.30pm from the University of York, the journey time will be approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. You will have around 2 hours at Fountains Abbey, with the coach leaving around 3.45pm and taking you to the Ripon Museums, arriving around 4pm. You will have between 4pm – 6.30pm to view the Victorian Workhouse and the Prison and Police Museum. 6.30pm – 9pm is free time in Ripon where you can purchase food from one of the many bars, pubs and restaurants. The coach will leave Ripon at 9.15pm after the Ripon Hornblower. You will be back at the University by 10.15pm.

The trip to Fountains Abbey and the Ripon Museums is charged at £35 per person. This includes your admission tickets and the transport costs, but no refreshments are included.

A note from Professor Martin Webber, Chair of the 2019 organising committee “I live in Ripon and couldn’t resist tempting you out of York to visit some of my favourite places. Fountains Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Ripon Museums are hidden gems. This trip will immerse you in the history and culture of North Yorkshire, bringing you face to face with the Ripon Hornblower at the end of the evening. These are the places where memories are made…”

York City Centre

Take a trip into York City Centre. To explore York is to explore 2000 years of history, from the ancient walls of Roman York to the Viking remains of JORVIK and the grandeur of Georgian York. Delve into York’s heritage, discover hidden attractions off the beaten track, enjoy a vivid food and drink scene and wander in and out of contemporary independent shops. Offering more attractions per square mile than any other destination in the UK, you’re never more than a short walk from one of York’s awe-inspiring offerings.

The coach will pick up attendees at 2pm from the University of York. You will then have 3 hours of free time to explore York. The coach will then pick you up from outside York’s Art Gallery, same place for where you were dropped off, at 5.30pm and returning to the University by 6pm.

There is no charge for transport on the coach into York.

What do the ICSW conference team like to do in their spare time in York?

“York is reputed to have a pub for each day of the year. Each one has a unique character and immerses you in traditional British social life. A visit to York is not complete without a drink and a meal in one of York’s pubs. My favourite is The Phoenix, next to Fishergate Bar”
Professor Martin Webber, Chair of the 2019 organising committee

“I love visiting the museums in York, especially the Yorkshire Museum, which takes you back through York’s rich history all the way to the dinosaurs, via the Romans and Vikings. The National Railway Museum is also a highlight, where you can explore the sumptuous royal carriages and see the world’s fastest steam train, Mallard.”
Fleur Hughes, Event Coordinator, ICSW 2019

 “My favourite thing to do is take a walk around York’sCity Walls, which offer a great elevated walk around the city. My walk is not complete, withoutstopping off halfway for a visit to the Hog Roast eatery and a drink at the Guy Fawkes’ Inn.”

Sarah Byrne, Event Coordinator, ICSW 2019


“The York Minster is the heart of York and I love viewing the amazing architecture that our wonderful cathedral has to offer, you can even see a heart built into the centre of it! I am also partial to an afternoon tea and love to treat myself with a trip to Bettys Café Tea Rooms.”

Tamsin Winstanley, Event Coordinator, ICSW 2019