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Wellbeing NOW: Spring is in the air!

In this month’s Wellbeing NOW update we share a round-up of wellbeing news and resources, a wild food Community Potluck for those in Totnes, and a heads-up about World Environment Day in June. Sign up to our newsletter list to receive this update direct to your inbox each month.

World Environment Day

The environment is central to our wellbeing in many ways, and the wellbeing benefits of connecting with and respecting Nature are clear. That is why on 5th June we plan to mark World Environment Day, the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.
We are currently working on plans for a series of blogs and videos, interactive online activities and community activities in Totnes. If you have any plans or would be interested in getting involved then please get in touch.

Wellbeing Now Round Up

In this new section we share some of the best wellbeing-related news, events and resources we come across each month. If you’d like to suggest an item for inclusion please contact
The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act came into force on Friday 1st April. The Act aims to improve the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of Wales by placing a duty on public bodies to think in a more sustainable and long-term way. Recently, we've been working together with EcoVannin and others on the Isle of Man, exploring how to encourage an economy geared towards wellbeing not just growth, and Wales' bold, people-focused approach offers inspiration for this.

Measures of National Wellbeing: The Office of National Statistics has released Life in the UK 2016: a snapshot of life today across the 10 domains and 41 measures of national wellbeing. You can read an overview of the data via the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

The World Happiness Report was released last month, ranking 156 countries by their happiness levels. The results show that the richest countries are not necessarily the happiest, and countries with lower inequality and greater social insurance tended to perform much better.

Wellbeing in Totnes

Wild Food Community Potluck 
April's Totnes Community Potluck will be celebrating Wild Food: from Hungry Gap to Wild Abundance. We'll be joined by Myrtle Cooper from Wild & Curious, and there will be a wild food preparation demonstration as well as juicing. Plus, the International Macrobiotic School will be giving information and demonstrating  how to make delicious healthy food too.
Come and join us: All you need to do is bring a dish to share. Since we're celebrating Wild Food, why not bring a dish that's wild inspired!
The Potluck will be held on Friday 15th April from 6pm at Totnes Civic Hall, High St, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5SF. Booking is not necessary, but you can let us know if you plan to join via Facebook if you’d like to. 

Totnes Wellbeing Fund
Now in its second year, the Totnes Wellbeing Fund is being recognised locally as the Fund that supports small changes which make a big difference to wellbeing in and around Totnes. 

We recently launched a new call for applications, and local individuals and groups with ideas for new projects to improve wellbeing have until 17th June, 2016 to apply. You can read more about this and recent TWF recipients (Growing Good Lives, Zest Physiotherapy for Life, and The Living Projects) here on our blog.

Wellbeing Blogs, Videos and Resources

Wellbeing and GDP Lecture by Lorenzo Fioramonti (Professor of Political Economy at Pretoria University). A few months ago we co-hosted a talk on the wellbeing economy with Professor Fioramonti in Totnes. You can now watch this talk here on YouTube.

Sustainable Happiness Book Review: “Sustainable happiness is built on a healthy natural world and a vibrant and fair society,” says Sarah van Gelder, lead editor of Sustainable Happiness: Live Well, Live Simply, Make a Difference. NOW's Florence Scialom has reviewed this book on our blog
Creativity for Wellbeing: A free arts website, full of creative resources that anyone can use. This is a resource founded and shared via Richard Potter, and it could prove useful for parents with children, carers, artists, schools, community centres, the NHS and so on:

If you enjoy our blogs and videos please share on social media, tagging us when you do so (@NetwrkWellbeing on Twitter and @Network of Wellbeing – NOW on Facebook). 

Thanks for reading – stay in touch!

Thank you very much for reading our Wellbeing Now update. If you have any feedback or suggestions you’d like to share please get in touch. We always love to share wellbeing-related news and resources via our blog, Wellbeing Database, social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram). If you would like to recommend something for inclusion or contribute in any way, please contact us. Many thanks!

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