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Tea With Strangers: Breaking Down Barriers Through Conversation

We're more "connected" than ever before, but we're also more alone. Loneliness and a sense of isolation are just two by-products of living in an age where we’re more likely to be staring at our phones than smiling at each other on the street, or listening to music than talking to people on the bus. Tea With Strangers (TWS) is a community initiative that seeks to make cities feel like neighbourhoods by breaking down barriers between strangers and bringing people together to share stories, ideas and perspectives. This guest blog post shares more about TWS's work in London.

Winter Happiness Festival Offers Antidote to January Blues

The Museum of Happiness is launching the perfect antidote to the January Blues: The Winter Happiness Festival! The Festival will be running for four weeks, starting on Saturday 21st January and finishing around 19th February. The venue for this excellent event will be the Canvas Cafe, a not-for-profit creative space in East London, which regularly hosts wellbeing and happiness events. The Festival intends to offer people a space to relax, be playful, connect and explore the topic of happiness.

Creating New ‘Library of Things’: Share Shed Takes Shape

Last year the Totnes Share Shed, a new 'library of things' was just a seed of an idea. Now twelve months on, the idea has sprouted into reality with plans to open the Share Shed doors this Spring! This post provides an update on the latest news from the project and some ideas on how you can get involved.

Fireside - Wellbeing Funding in Action

The Totnes Wellbeing Fund offers grants up to £500 to help new initiatives which could really enhance personal, community and environmental wellbeing locally. This summer, Mim Stenning was awarded a grant to set up a community Open Mic night called Fireside. In this blog, she gives us a wonderful account of her journey to connect others through music and song.

When Others Care, But We Don’t See It

Do you wring your hands in frustration, wondering why, when faced with profound inequality or climate change, other people don’t seem to care as deeply as you do yourself? This blog post is written by Common Cause Foundation Director Tom Crompton, who shares research suggesting that other people care more deeply that we might think.