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.

Monthly Update: World of Wellbeing 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, Jésus Martin, is working on collating a summary each month of wellbeing news links that may interest you. You can find a summary of wellbeing-related news from July below. This month in our world of wellbeing news round-up you can check out links to articles on wellbeing at work, the influence of wellbeing on measures of progress and government policy, and details of actions people are taking to try to improve wellbeing in different contexts across the world. 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.

Exploring Collective Wellbeing: 2013 Conference in Birmingham

In late July Birmingham City University hosted, for the second time, a Wellbeing Conference. This internationally relevant event happens every two years and explores the multiple dimensions of wellbeing.

Examining how professions, practitioners, communities and individuals are reacting to the wellbeing agenda, the Wellbeing 2013 Conference focused on asking a range of key questions, such as: Can we actually design for wellbeing? How do we experience personal wellbeing? How do existing approaches inform the overall agenda? Is it possible to embed wellbeing as an overarching policy aim?

Totnes Food Hub: Connecting Local People and Producers

Guest post by Nathaniel Holmes, Totnes Food Hub

Food and wellbeing are linked in many ways; from the simple nutritious pleasure of eating a fresh apple, to the vital income which that apple represents to the farmer who grew it. In recent years too many people have become disconnected from local food and farming, understandably attracted to the low costs and easy availability of globalised supermarket offerings. In Totnes we are fortunate to be surrounded by small scale growers, but these producers don’t always have the resources or time to find new customers. Local people may want buy more local food, but they can be put off by expectations of high costs and inconvenience.

How do we move towards a society that prioritizes wellbeing?

Sam is one of our Wellbeing Ambassadors, based in Rochester NY in the United States. He is currently finishing his Master’s dissertation in Economics for Transition at Schumacher College. His work is centred on exploring the impacts of the wellbeing indexes which are already in use, and on their potential for being applied to the local scale. This post provides an introduction to some of the wellbeing measures Sam has been researching thus far.