We’re having some half term fun at St. Paul’s Venture, Sparkbrook next to Balsall Heath City Farm, on 23rd February 2017, 12 to 4pm!(more…)
Following last year’s July trial in July, we’re working with Friction Arts to open Birmigham Sunday Share every Sunday 7am to 11am from 17th February 2019.(more…)
Come and join us at the Old Print Works on 7th February 3:30 to 5:30pm to chat about wellbeing and have some fun.(more…)
We visited Meriden Adventure Playground to meet parents and children there and find out more about what they think of where they live and play.(more…)
What is the difference between health and wellbeing?
Health is a state of the overall mental and physical state of a person; the absence of disease. Whereas wellbeing is a way of life that aims to enhance well-being and refers to a more holistic whole-of-life experience which also includes emotional and spiritual aspects of life.
Can we tempt you to consider what they mean for you and what simple actions and changes you would like to make in your own life to improve your day to day wellbeing? They will make you feel good and feeling good about yourself and others which is a really important part of being healthy.
With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Every friend you have stated out as someone you didn’t know
Invest time in developing new and existing connections, building these will support and enrich you every day.
2. keep Learning…
Ask yourself “if money were no issue, what would I want to spend my life doing? Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course.. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun. Sure, you might feel awkward in the new environment at first, but great things never came from comfort zones.
3. be Active…
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness. We have thousands of hours of free activities in our parks, open spaces and wellbeing centres so there is something for everyoneFind an activity near you
4. take Notice…
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savor the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
5. Give …
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, as linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you. Try something new
This is our first year as the Active Wellbeing Society – here’s a quick review of what we’ve been doing:
The Active Wellbeing Society is a Community Benefit Society. We recognise that the parts of our community who are most in need are often most excluded from influence, and will be working to change that for our Citizens.
Recent research conducted by University of Birmingham and Birmingham Race Action partnership showed how we have been able to reach a diverse audience, a sense of combined community purpose and create a fertile space for working together.W
The Big Birmingham Bikes programme has been recognised for its environmental impact in reduction of the effects of congestion and pollution as well as its health benefits. Programmes like Active Parks, Active Streets, Run Birmingham are bringing opportunities to be active into places that otherwise would have not been considered spaces where such opportunities existed.
We want to change hearts and minds on bigger issues like impact on Air Quality and people’s rights to breath clean air in the communities. Many of our interventions are achieving economic impacts by bringing people closer to and into the work. Our Active programmes have opportunities to volunteer, gain skills and employ people to work directly in our own communities where it is needed most.
Wellbeing activities have health benefits, and we will continue to innovate with communities to develop new activities and programmes to develop social prescription and targeting access to opportunities to be active supporting health and wellbeing.
Here’s wishing you all a happy and healthy new year!
The Active Wellbeing Society works to improve the wellbeing of the most deprived citizens in our city delivering projects such as Active Streets, Big Birmingham Bikes, Active Parks and Run Birmingham. (more…)
Birmingham played a key role one hundred years ago in women gaining the vote – ‘Represent’ is a new community heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to explore the impact on the lives of Birmingham’s people now and then.