Our Year of Wellbeing - 13 June 2019

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Issue 11 - 13 June 2019

Carers Week 2019

Shining a spotlight on carers 

There has been lots happening during this year's Carers Week to recognise the contribution of the thousands of carers in our area.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Carers Conference on 12 June focused on the wide range of support available to people with caring responsibilities and what else local services and voluntary sector organisations can do to improve support for people providing care.

All week the Coventry and Warwickshire Mind Bus has been out and about, teaming up with Warwickshire County Council and Springfield Mind to offer and promote services for carers and those with mental health issues.

A whole host of local medical centres and GP surgeries have also played host to information stands signposting to support and services for carers.

Carers Trust Heart of England has been running wellbeing events all across the area, with two more still to go on 14 and 20 June - you can find the details here.


Get creative this summer!

There’s a real creative feel to the Year of Wellbeing just now.

Care Homes Open Day 2019

Check out Coventry’s Festival of Creativity and Wellbeing at Herbert Art Gallery on Saturday 15 June, 12 noon – 4pm.

It’s also Care Homes Open Day on Friday 28 June. The theme this year is arts in care.

Watch out for live music, family activities and more at Coventry’s Godiva Festival next month. And please watch out – you need tickets this year!

See how the Arts Gymnasium at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre helps over 50s get active in the arts, and read how our blogger, Margaret Emerton's involvement has helped her and others.

Godiva Festival
Suitcase Stories

Find out more about the current work of the Warwickshire arts and culture service along with upcoming summer arts festivals

Suitcase Stories is one of the arts offerings for people with dementia in Warwickshire. Check out this short film to find out more.

Read seven big ideas shaping Coventry’s preparation for being City of Culture 2021.

Change the Word Coventry performances take place in Coventry during Refugee Week 17-25 June.​

City of Culture 2021

Michael YoWB Blogger

Carers Week: Bloggers share their stories

Our Year of Wellbeing blogger Michael, a carer for his wife Lorraine, shares his story and tells us why he sees himself as a husband first, and carer second.

Read Michael's story

Blogger Hannah also tells how her experience of caring has impacted her wellbeing.

Read Hannah's story

Did you know we have trained 54 bloggers to tell their stories, and 223 health and wellbeing champions to help support improved wellbeing in our area?

Thirsty Thursday

Raise a glass (or bottle) for Thirsty Thursdays!

South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SWCCG) has produced a poster urging people to drink more water, using Thirsty Thursdays to remind us!

You can find the poster, along with other top tips for staying hydrated and for promoting healthy drinking habits in your workplace, in the resources section of our website.

WFRS Year of Wellbeing event

Leamington firefighters pledge for the Year of Wellbeing

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are just one of many organisations supporting the Year of Wellbeing.

The crew at Leamington, along with Chief Fire Officer, Kieran Amos, recently took part in a wellbeing session to learn more about how firefighters can make the pledge, not only for their own health and wellbeing, but also to reinforce the key role they play in communities when out visiting some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

Why not join them and make your pledge for the year today!

TAPSPAG Event

Come and find your perfect match!

Commissioners and providers from the voluntary and community sector will be coming together on 25 June in Rugby for a fun event, organised by the Third and Public Sector Partnership Group.

The aim of this fun event (it's not a meeting!) is to bring communities and commissioners together to share ideas and create new opportunities for partnership working, focusing on three areas: 

  • Health & Wellbeing for Independence
  • Combating Loneliness and Social Isolation
  • Improving Mental Health 

Read more and book a place 

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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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