Gardening for Health

In this post read how Gardening for Health helps enable people to improve their wellbeing, and how support from the Network of Wellbeing has helped this project to continue its wonderful work. By Ed Vidler, Catherine Munro, and Jenny Gellatly

Celebrating Diversity: Proud2Be and Totnes Pride

In the lead-up to Totnes Pride the event's organisers from Proud2Be share why they think acceptance and celebration of diversity are key to wellbeing. With thanks to Mat and Jon for this thoughtful post.

"We are the founders of Proud2Be Project, a social enterprise set up to encourage all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people to be proud of who they are. We are identical twin brothers and we are both proud gay men. We grew up in a rural village knowing that not only were we different from the majority but our difference to many was an unacceptable part of ourselves..."

Totnes Food Hub: Connecting Local People and Producers

Guest post by Nathaniel Holmes, Totnes Food Hub

Food and wellbeing are linked in many ways; from the simple nutritious pleasure of eating a fresh apple, to the vital income which that apple represents to the farmer who grew it. In recent years too many people have become disconnected from local food and farming, understandably attracted to the low costs and easy availability of globalised supermarket offerings. In Totnes we are fortunate to be surrounded by small scale growers, but these producers don’t always have the resources or time to find new customers. Local people may want buy more local food, but they can be put off by expectations of high costs and inconvenience.

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”.

(Image credit: marsmet546. Image source: Flickr

‘Feel Better With a Book’: Reading Groups Help People to Meet the Five Ways to Wellbeing

The Reader Organisation is a charity and social enterprise that works to bring about social change by sharing great literature, making it possible for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to engage with reading, improve wellbeing and build community. This blog post is based on feedback received on their 'Get Into Reading' project, and how it fulfils the five ways (connect… be active… take notice… keep learning… give…).