‘Feel Better With a Book’: Reading Groups Help People to Meet the Five Ways to Wellbeing

The Reader Organisation is a charity and social enterprise that works to bring about social change by sharing great literature, making it possible for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to engage with reading, improve wellbeing and build community. This blog post is based on feedback received on their 'Get Into Reading' project, and how it fulfils the five ways (connect… be active… take notice… keep learning… give…).

Big Picnic, Enormous fun!

On Sunday 2nd June, the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) and the Transition Town Totnes Skillshare project hosted The Big Picnic, at Follaton Arboretum, in Totnes. The simple invitation to share an informal meal within our community was inspired by The Big Lunch project, which was launched in 2009 and “aims to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year in a simple act of community, friendship and fun”.

“Worlds, Bodies, Minds”: A Review of Health and Wellbeing Conference at Plymouth University

Three of the NOW team – me, Karen and Charlotte – recently attended an interesting conference on the links between health and wellbeing, organised by Plymouth University’s Faculty of Health, Education and Society. Uniting health and social care professionals with community activists and students, the event looked at public health and care provision through the lens of wellbeing.

The event had a jam-packed two day schedule covering a wide range of subjects, including dementia, mental health support for schools, and initiatives to improve health and wellbeing by being in nature. There were many practical solutions presented, such as a new service which works with GP practices to signpost people to voluntary sector support organisations.

Recent News from the World of Wellbeing

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 the latest news from May below. 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.

Join us for a Big Picnic: Sharing food, improving wellbeing

We all intuitively know that sharing good food and good company helps improve our wellbeing. We’d like to put this understanding into practice, and invite you to join us in coming together to share a Big Picnic on Sunday 2nd June, 12-2pm, at Follaton Arboretum, near Totnes. We are co-hosting this Big Picnic, together with the TTT Skillshare project, as part of The Big Lunch, which is a nationwide initiative launched at the Eden Project in 2009. The Big Lunch encourages people to get together with neighbours and enjoy “a simple act of community, friendship and fun”. This year this nationwide celebration takes place on June 2nd, which is also Global Sharing Day (now teamed with The Big Lunch).