“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.

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).

Brunch Café Success!

Here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we recently hosted a Brunch Café in Totnes, on Saturday 25th May 2013. Coming together around delicious locally sourced food, the event offered an opportunity to meet lots of interesting people, hear what the local community thinks about wellbeing, share details about NOW's work, and have lots of fun!

Join the Network of Wellbeing for good food and good company at the next Brunch Café in Totnes!

Delicious locally sourced food will be available when the Network of Wellbeing (also known as NOW) holds a brunch café on Saturday 25th May from 10am to 2pm at the Methodist Church Hall, on Fore Street, in Totnes. Everyone is welcome to this community event. Scrumptious locally sourced and home-made food, including chocolate croissants, Eggs Florentine, mushrooms on toast, and many other culinary delights will be on offer. Plus there will be live music to entertain you as you tuck into your delicious food. All dishes are available for a very reasonable price, and all proceeds will go towards the work NOW is doing to support community groups in Totnes.

Enriching experiences: Some recent wellbeing-related events in Totnes

Recently the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) team has had the opportunity to attend two workshops that were run in Totnes: on 4th May Inez Aponte, Jay Tompt and Naresh Giangrande delivered a workshop called “Maximising Wellbeing: a workshop for community activists”, and on 6th May we spent the day with Starhawk, exploring the theme of Social Permaculture in relation to growing effective groups.