Our Year of Wellbeing - 6 September 2019

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Issue 15 - 6 September 2019

Happy List success for Leanne and Jude

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The Independent has featured two of our Coventry and Warwickshire Year of Wellbeing superstars this month!

The Independent Happy List trawls media, social media and even the real world to track down the 50 people making the most extraordinary difference to the lives of others.

Leanne Howlett is mentioned for her great work on mums’ mental health by chairing the forum By Your Side. Jude Habib of sounddelivery, who provided storytelling training for our bloggers, also appears.

Congratulations to both our heroines. The Independent says: ‘…they can all be proud of themselves.’ Well, Leanne and Jude, we’re proud of you, too!

Here’s the Happy List in full.

We are undefeatable

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This week Sport England launched We Are Undefeatable, a fantastic new campaign which aims to support the 15 million people in England living with one or more long-term conditions, such as diabetes, cancer and Parkinson’s.

One in four people in England live with a long-term health condition and they are twice as likely to be inactive despite evidence that being active can help manage many conditions. 

Public Health England has worked in partnership with Sport England on the campaign, which will help dispel the myth that having a long-term condition means you are not able to be active.

Outdoor activity

Get moving, get active and get outside!

There are so many fantastic organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire helping us to get more active and get outdoors - both of which can do wonders for our wellbeing!

Stepping out in Stratford and beyond

Did you know there are regular walks in south Warwickshire designed to keep you well? Stratford Health Walks are popular, volunteer-run events free and open to all. 

On a mission to get kids moving

Leamington-based charity Kids Run Free do amazing things to get kids moving. Chief executive, Martine Verweij, shares why she is so passionate about the project here.

Getting Green and Healthy at Ufton Fields

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust's Green and Healthy project at Ufton Fields is offering free hands-on taster sessions and community events providing opportunities to learn about nature conservation, meet new people and learn new skills. Hear from WWT’s Faye Irvine here.

News in Brief
  • Watch out for details soon of how to reserve your place at the Year of Wellbeing event of the year, happening Wednesday 4 December!

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Free online resource launched to help carers

A free online resource for carers in Coventry and Warwickshire - the Care Companion - has been launched.

Providing up to date support and tools to help carers monitor wellbeing and health needs, it is a necessity for anyone with caring responsibilities. The resource includes a really handy 'To Do' list, diary and address book, as well as links to additional support.

Read more 


Can you be Jackie’s Camerado?

Camerados believe what we all need are Friends and Purpose.

Jackie Skipp of Rugby Connect Well believes Camerados could offer a new way of bringing people together in Rugby.

Could you help Jackie? Find out more.

Amanda Austin Jones

Standing up for yourself

A lot has changed in five years for Year of Wellbeing blogger Amanda, after a 'mad plan' at work one morning turned into a passion for lifestyle change and workplace wellbeing. 

Read Amanda's story about how she's made some simple but effective lifestyle changes to improve her health.

Change Festival

Let's all imagine better!

The Change Festival is here to help us all imagine a better future!

From 18 - 20 October at Warwick Arts Centre, there will be over 20 inspirational events to choose from, so something for everyone to get involved in! Tickets are on sale now.

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Positive Images Festival

Positive Images Festival celebration

Coventry’s Positive Images Festival was in June and July, but hasn’t finished just yet.

Find out more about their Workshops Celebration, showcasing work by local people on Saturday 14 September.

Safe Haven

'Highly Recommended' Warwickshire Safe Havens - mental health support

Learn more about Warwickshire Safe Havens, a drop in service which opened in July 2019 for people aged 16 and over who may feel distressed, worried or in need of mental health support.

The service, provided in Leamington Spa and Nuneaton, provides out of hours face-to-face and telephone support for Warwickshire residents experiencing mental distress.

Read more

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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