Monthly Update: World of Wellbeing News

This month in our world of wellbeing news round-up you can check out links to articles on the wellbeing and nature, wellbeing in the workplace, and education on wellbeing. As many readers will know, the significance of wellbeing is increasingly being recognised in as a vitally important area of our lives. Here at the Network of Wellbeing one of our wonderful volunteers, Jésus Martin, is working on collating a summary each month of wellbeing news links that may interest you. You can find a summary of the most recent news from over the last month below.

Celebrating Diversity: Proud2Be and Totnes Pride

In the lead-up to Totnes Pride the event's organisers from Proud2Be share why they think acceptance and celebration of diversity are key to wellbeing. With thanks to Mat and Jon for this thoughtful post.

"We are the founders of Proud2Be Project, a social enterprise set up to encourage all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people to be proud of who they are. We are identical twin brothers and we are both proud gay men. We grew up in a rural village knowing that not only were we different from the majority but our difference to many was an unacceptable part of ourselves..."

Horton Community Farm: A Wellbeing Hero

We all know our own Wellbeing Hero; that person or project that makes a huge difference to people's health and happiness levels, helping people to have a positive impact and feel good about themselves in the process. Here at the Network of Wellbeing we wanted to find a way to celebrate these Wellbeing Heroes; those doing amazing work in different communities across the world. So, we've invited our Wellbeing Ambassadors to write about Wellbeing Heroes in their own communities, sharing what makes this person or project so special. One of our Wellbeing Ambassadors, Anna Schmidt, has gone a step further; she's not only written something but also made an inspiring video about her Wellbeing Hero: Horton Community Farm. Read more and check out her video in this excellent post.

NOW Volunteers Help Promote Wellbeing Globally

“Wellbeing is central to every aspect of our lives” and “in order to take care of nature we also need to take care of ourselves; we need to think deeply about what it means to live sustainably. This is what inspires me about wellbeing”. These were some of the comments that opened the first meeting amongst NOW’s growing group of Wellbeing Ambassadors based across the world.Here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we aim to promote the importance of wellbeing locally in Totnes, nationally in the UK, and internationally across different parts of the world.

Neighbourhood Health Watch arrives in Totnes

Neighbourhood Health Watch brings neighbours together, boosting their health and sense of community. On Saturday 3rd August the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) and Transition Town Totnes hosted Totnes’ first Neighbourhood Health Watch meeting featuring an inspiring talk and discussion led by Neighbourhood Health Watch coordinator Jayne Clarke.

At the event, Jayne spoke about how this exciting initiative is helping communities across Devon, and is already spreading from its Devon roots to communities throughout the UK. Neighbourhood Health Watch is helping neighbours support each other’s health needs by connecting statutory, charitable and local business organisations, promoting links and trust so we can make the best use of resources already available to them.