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.

Wellbeing and the Importance of Connection

Here one of our Wellbeing Ambassadors, Denise Curi, shares some ideas on what wellbeing means to her. Denise is also currently Senior Volunteer at the wonderful Schumacher College.

"When I think about wellbeing many things come to my mind. One of the first and most powerful is connection. Both words – wellbeing and connection – are, at least from my point of view, immersed in the meaning of sustainability. I can’t think about sustainability without referring to wellbeing, and when I think about wellbeing I immediately relate it to connectedness."

Maximising Wellbeing in Totnes

On Friday 21st June more than 50 people attended two events hosted by the Network of Wellbeing and the Civil Society Forum. Out of this came 9 proposed categories that mapped the territory for possible action on wellbeing in Totnes, including many questions, ideas for solutions, specific practical suggestions and factual information relevant to local and global wellbeing.

A Not-For-Profit World Built For Wellbeing

Imagine waking up every morning knowing that your work not only supports your own livelihood but also supports the wellbeing of your entire community. Imagine how it would feel to know that everyone has meaningful work that supports social wellbeing and helps keep the planet healthy.

Welcome to a Not-For-Profit World, a world in which all businesses exist to meet social needs rather than earn private profits. Researchers at the Post Growth Institute are busy writing about how this vision for the future is becoming a reality and how we can all help move this transition along. The book is called “How on Earth: Flourishing in a Not-For-Profit World by 2050”.

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Immersion in Wellbeing: The Vitalising Powers of a Waterfall

By Anna Schmidt, Wellbeing Ambassador
In times of uncertainty, it can be difficult to maintain one’s wellbeing. I just finished university, and finding a job proves to be a daunting task. Finding motivation after being rejected again and again can be difficult, and at times, even getting out of bed and starting yet another day of writing applications seems like an insurmountable hurdle. Yet, bathing in a waterfall near Bradford this morning provided me with a source of wellbeing, which washed away all negative thoughts, feelings and expectations. It was a wonderful experience, which I would like to share with you here.