Liverpool Arts Scene Raises Awareness on Mental Health and Wellbeing

One of our new Online Communications volunteers, Steph Rooney, visited the Group Therapy Exhibition in Liverpool recently. She found it to be an inspiring example of the Liverpool arts scene reaching out to raise issues around mental health and wellbeing, and she’s shared her experiences in this short review.

Top 12 Wellbeing Resources of 2014

At the beginning of 2014, NOW launched a free online Wellbeing Database, which offers the opportunity to access and share resources about wellbeing, to enable learning and collaboration. The Wellbeing Database continues to grow, and now includes links to a rich and wide variety of videos, reports, research, guides and toolkits. As we start a new year, it can be valuable to reflect upon what we’ve learned from the year just passed, so we have decided to curate some of the most interesting and helpful resources released in 2014, as featured in our Wellbeing Database.

Museums Exhibit Interest in Wellbeing and Sustainability

The Happy Museum Project looks at how the UK museum sector can respond to the challenges presented by the need for a more sustainable future. Recently NOW interviewed Hilary Jennings from The Happy Museum Project to find out more about their work, and how they use happiness and wellbeing to shape their project’s strategy.

NOW Celebrates Peace and Wellbeing at Tagore Festival

The Network of Wellbeing (NOW) had a wonderful experience participating in the Tagore Festival, in Dartington (Devon, UK) in late June. The annual Festival aims to honour the life and work of the Indian poet and writer Rabindranath Tagore, and to bring a taste of Eastern culture and wisdom to the West. This year, Tagore Festival chose "celebrating peace" as its main theme, and the NOW team really enjoyed being a part of this joyful celebration.

Giving to Improve Wellbeing: Experiences from a Design Project

In this post Wellbeing Ambassador Moira Mottram shares a recent experience she had running a branding and marketing project for a bereavement service. Moira explains how the experience relates to some of the Five Ways to Wellbeing (Connect, Get Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice, and Give). In giving to this project – and enabling others to give to it too – Moira found that she received a positive learning experience, beyond the original aims of the project itself.