Our Year of Wellbeing - 14 November 2019

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Issue 17 - 14 November 2019

Alcohol Awareness Week - alcohol and me

Alcohol Awareness Week

It's time to get thinking about our drinking! This year's Alcohol Awareness week, running 11-17 November, is putting a spotlight on the effect that alcohol can have, not just on our physical health, but on our emotional health and our relationships.  

There are things you can do to minimise the risks from drinking, such as following the low risk drinking guidelines issued for all adults. For more information about this and other support available for those who need more help please read this article.

Blogger Lisa Coleman

Blog: Why change the habit of a lifetime?

Year of Wellbeing blogger, Lisa tells us how a dry January was the kick start she needed to create a happier, healthier, alcohol-free life for herself and shares some of the advice and resources that have helped along the way.

Read Lisa's story here

Exploring the connections between creativity and wellbeing

Creative Health Alliance

Have you signed up to support the Creative Health Alliance in Coventry and Warwickshire? The group of health and creative professionals is seeking to join forces across the area to explore the connections between creativity and health and wellbeing.

Find out more

Change the Word

Change the word gets people writing

Maybe creative writing might help your wellbeing? Coventry Change the Word started this year, with the support of Good Chance Theatre, and members of the group recently supported an event in Sheffield to start up a similar group there. (Left: Members of Change the Word Coventry)

Find out more

News in Brief

Bidford Health Walk

Get motivated and get walking!

Walking for Health walks take place in localities across the country, enabling people to build up their activity levels in a sociable and manageable way.

Bidford Health Walk, held every Monday in the Stratford district, is a great example - watch this short video to find out more.

Local schemes are run across Coventry and Warwickshire, all you need to do is find a health walk near you! 

Our Rugby, Our Future event

Our Rugby, Our Future

Rugby marked the Year of Wellbeing with a community event ‘Our Rugby, Our Future’, this month.

A host of organisations joined the market stalls and attendees on the day. 

Among them were Rugby TimeBuilders, a volunteering scheme that gives people the opportunity to feel needed and contribute to their community while developing themselves at the same time. Find out more here

St Michael's Bedworth School

Bedworth school shines light on wellbeing

St Michael’s Church of England Academy, Bedworth, is just one local school ensuring health and wellbeing is on their agenda.

They recently held a health and wellbeing day, which you can hear headteacher, Chris Errington, talk about in this video, and why the topic is so important to the school.

Lets do this together

Don't miss the Year of Wellbeing experience!

There is still time to get yourself a place at our event celebrating fantastic wellbeing ideas to take us all forward into 2020!

Taking place in the afternoon on Wednesday 4 December, the event is free to attend and open to people in Coventry and Warwickshire working or volunteering to improve the wellbeing of colleagues, communities or themselves. Places are limited so book yours here! 

Pet therapy

Pawsome pets improving health and wellbeing for all ages

Meet Ann and Banjo, just one of the wonderful volunteer owner and pet partnerships delivering Pets as Therapy across Coventry and Warwickshire.

Pets as Therapy provide therapeutic visits to community settings, thanks to trusted volunteers with their behaviour-assessed animals.

The visiting service is available all over the UK and might be able to help people where you work to get help or support or to volunteer.

Find out more about Pets as Therapy


Five ways to wellbeing

Five ways to wellbeing in Coventry and Warwickshire

The Year of Wellbeing is coordinating work to create a single visual identity for Five Ways to Wellbeing in Coventry and Warwickshire.

If you would like to be involved in this work, drop us a line at ian.andrew@nhs.net

Find out more about the five steps to wellbeing on the NHS website.

Mindkit also has some great ideas about how to put the five ways into practice.


HIV testing week

A finger-prick test is all it takes!

National HIV Testing Week begins on 16 November, and World Aids Day on 1 December and Warwickshire County Council Public Health are encouraging anyone who has recently changed partners or had unprotected sex to get tested for HIV.

Free HIV home testing kits are available to order just by answering a few simple questions - and if you don't get round to it this week, don't worry as they are available for free all year round.


Edgewick gets people moving!

Edgewick Primary School in Foleshill has run cycling sessions for pupils and parents alike, working with British Cycling.

Their sessions ensure adults and kids get to try out cycling in a safe environment, and are the latest activity run at the school, for local people.

Read more about how British Cycling is encouraging cycling all over the UK





Warwick Leamington Good Gym Launch

A gym with no treadmills, cross-trainers or membership fee launches in Warwick

Warwick has recently celebrated the launch of a new social movement aiming to get people fit while also doing good deeds for the community.

Nearly 50 people joined the first GoodGym group activity on 16 October, benefiting from doing physical exercise as part of a group but also giving back by helping to clear the grounds of a much-loved historic site.

Read more about the launch and how you can join GoodGym here


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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