Our Year of Wellbeing - 18 April 2019

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Issue 07 - 18 April 2019

Mel’s London Marathon motivation

Mel Barratt with medals

Kenilworth’s Mel Barratt is a champion Paralympic swimmer, now taking on a new challenge and preparing for the run of her life in the gruelling London Marathon.

Every step of the way she will be running with her husband, Richard…because she is blind and he is her running partner.

Read Mel's story about how sport saved her from the isolation of her condition.

Read more

News in Brief

Wellbeing Hub

New world-class sports facility for Coventry and Warwickshire

Take a peek inside the new University of Warwick Health and Wellness Hub, set in a tranquil area of the university campus, it has been designed to help everyone lead a more active and healthy lifestyle.

You can try out the new hub for free this Saturday, 20 April - spaces are limited so don't forget to register here first!

Perinatal Awareness Walk

Community walk to raise awareness of perinatal mental health illness

Join a walk on 12 May at Ryton Pools to raise awareness of perinatal mental health, something that affects 1 in 5 mums and 1 in 10 dads. Find our more and book tickets.

Year of Wellbeing blogger, Leanne, explains why she helped organise the event and how her own experience led to the creation of By your Side, a forum and peer support service for mums receiving help from the Perinatal Mental Health Team. Read Leanne's blog.

For more information about By Your Side, contact: byyoursideforum@outlook.com

Knife Angel Walk

Coventry Knife Angel, Walk to Work Day and Walking for Health

A group of staff from Coventry City Council took a lunchtime stroll to the Knife Angel statue on Walk to Work Day, while in Warwickshire, staff made their way to Warwick Racecourse to help make a positive difference to their working day.

Putting their best foot forward, Warwickshire County Council staff helped to raise more than £300 to support Mel Barratt's marathon run (see our top story).

In Warwick District, community development workers support regular Walking for Health walks to get people out and about.

David Moorcroft

David inspires schools to join the action

We’re aiming to get more children moving this year.

Coventry-born olympian, David Moorcroft OBE, is urging more schools to get involved. Watch his message here.


GoodGym up and running in Coventry!

If you enjoy running, and want to do something worthwhile for the Coventry community, GoodGym is for you!

Read more about their work so far from Coventry coordinator Liz Pharoah and check out their website for more details.

If you live in the Rugby or Warwick/Leamington area there may be a GoodGym coming soon near you!

Coventry Comedy Festival

Watch out for Coventry Comedy Festival 2019

Is laughter the best medicine?

You can find out for yourself at Coventry Comedy Festival, which runs 3-12 May in the heart of Coventry.



Need a wellbeing boost in Leamington?

Moodmaster is coming to town to help make life more enjoyable.

Starting 1 May and running every Wednesday at 6pm for 12 weeks, anyone can drop in to these free sessions providing an upbeat approach to mental wellbeing - think WeightWatchers but for your emotional health!

See the poster here or contact Paul for more info on 07850950150 or email paul.thompson@springfieldmind.org.uk

On Your Feet Britain

Don’t forget to get moving on Friday 26 April

On Your Feet Britain Day is here on Friday 26 April!

Find out more here and don't forget to let us know on Twitter and Instagram what you're doing!  #letsdothistogethercw @YearofW


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The Year of Wellbeing is organised by the Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Boards which include representation from all of the NHS organisations in our area, together with Healthwatch, local councils, the police and the fire service. The aim of the year is to share resources to support stronger, healthier communities, and to promote the important of taking action to improve health and wellbeing.  

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