Creative Wellbeing: Enhancing Personal and Social Wellbeing

Guest post from Rebecca Mellor from Creative Wellbeing, an organisation supporting people’s wellbeing through engaging their creativity. Rebecca believes that a better world is possible, and between us we have all the assets we need to create it.

Stories of Wellbeing: The GalGael Trust, Glasgow

A few months ago, a small group from NOW visited the GalGael Trust to learn about this interesting project, which supports people to build boats from natural materials. What we found was an inspiring model of holistic wellbeing; a project reconnecting people with themselves, with one another and with the Scottish landscape within and beyond the city.

Bringing Art and Nature into Places Devoted to Health

This post shares a short introduction to the work of the Magic Dye House, a recent recipient of a grant via the Totnes Wellbeing Fund (TWF). The TWF aims to support individuals and community groups in Totnes (Devon, UK) and surroundings, helping them to turn great ideas to boost wellbeing into reality. Because a small change can make a big difference, we’re keen to support initiatives where a little input from us could really enhance personal, community and environmental wellbeing. Find out more here, and please be aware that the deadline for applications for the next round of the TWF is Friday 11th December 2015. Watch out on our blog for further information on the other exciting projects that have been granted the TWF.

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.