World of Wellbeing News

Wellbeing is increasingly in the news. More and more, the significance of wellbeing is being recognised in many different sectors and areas of life. Here at the Network of Wellbeing one of our wonderful volunteers, Jesus Martin, is working on collating a summary each month of wellbeing news that may interest you. You can find a summary of wellbeing-related news from last month in this post. If you have any wellbeing-related news and/ or events you would like to share with us then we’d love to hear from you! Please email florence[at] with the details and to discuss further.

NOW at the Tagore Festival

The Network of Wellbeing (NOW) was lucky enough to have a stall at the third annual Tagore Festival held at Dartington Hall, from 28-30 June 2013. Our stall had a prime location within the Bazaar section of the festival, which featured stalls with everything from sculpture to complementary healing, and our neighbouring stall the wonderful Schumacher College Café hosting ‘What if…?’ talks.

Exeter Health and Wellbeing Network is Launched!

Last month, on 13th June, several members of the NOW team participated in the launch of Exeter University’s Health and Wellbeing Network. When we first heard about this network we thought it’s name is so close to ours that we were intrigued to find out more… and so we were delighted to have the chance to attend their launch and do just that!

At the launch, Bob Duggan gave a highly informative and inspiring key note on the need for a shift towards empowering preventative approaches to health. In many ways these are essentially the very same approaches which we know support wellbeing – for example these are summarized in the New Economics Foundation 5 ways to wellbeing (Connect… Be Active… Keep Learning… Take Notice… and Give…). A previous version of Bob’s talk is available online here, so we recommend checking it out to find out more.

The Network of Wellbeing’s International Reach: Interview with Eco Rede Social in Brazil

This post is an interview with NOW's International Community Coordinator, Florence Scialom, originally published via Brazilian blog site Eco Rede Social. The post introduces the aims of NOW's work, and explains how we are increasing our international reach in order to engage with a wider audience on the theme of wellbeing. You can find the original post, in Portuguese, here. With thanks to Izabella Ceccato and Tabata Villares for giving permission for us to re-publish this post on the NOW blog!

Connected Communities are Healthier: Neighbourhood Health Watch arrives in Totnes

Neighbourhood Health Watch (NHW) is an innovative project which brings people from a community together to look after each other and create a safer environment. The initiative came from a Devon-based GP who could see that communities already do a lot to help each other, but that it would be even better to connect people further and to share these ideas.

The NHW project is about helping communities support each other's health needs by connecting statutory, charitable and local business organisations, in order to support communities at street-level, whilst also promoting links and trust between neighbours and communities to help them to make use of resources already available to them.