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Co-operating Well – Free Family Fun Events this Summer

Did you know? The Active Wellbeing Society is part of the co-operative movement.

Co-ops make a difference to people’s lives right around the world. Every year hundreds of co-ops and organisations across the UK work together to promote co-ops during Cooperatives Fortnight.

The Active Wellbeing Society are taking part in Co-op Fortnight 2019 (24th June – 7th July) to share the power of co-operation and celebrate what we can achieve when we co-operate.  We will be working with Co-operative Futures and other local co-ops to promote the impact of co-ops in Birmingham and spread the co-op word.

We are holding 4 Family Fun Days on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July to showcase our work and share our Co-op story.  We’d love you to come along and join us!

Come along and join us for local park based activities and games, food, arts and crafts, food, kids workshops, cycling and much more.

The events take place at:

Ward End Park – Sat 6th July 11am until 1pm

Pype Hayes Park – Sat 6th July 1pm until 3pm

Calthorpe Park – Sun 7th July 1pm until 3pm

Handsworth Park – Sun 7th July 1.30pm until 3.30pm

For more information email info@theaws.org or call 0121 728 7030

17th June 2019  |  Adeel Khan




How about a relay race to the top of Mount Everest?

The Active Wellbeing Society is embarking on our very own stair-climbing expedition this week.  Five teams of intrepid mountaineers will compete to climb the equivalent height of Mount Everest in stairs – going to and from our third floor office in the Custard Factory.  

There is increasing evidence that our physical and mental health both improve when we’re more active in our daily lives.  By choosing to take the stairs rather than the lift, we will boost the condition of our hearts, lungs, muscles and bones, we’ll help manage our stress and anxiety during the day and we’ll save the energy and carbon emissions involved in running the lift.  What’s not to love?

The team whose stair-kilometres reach the equivalent height of Everest first – that’s 8,848 meters – will win the race to the summit.  Our worthy winners will receive a little prize fund as a celebratory ‘high-five’ for being so dedicated and speedy.  But it’s not all about winning, right?  The other teams may choose to continue to the peak so they, too, can bask in that (imagined) Himalayan vista!  We’ll cheer them on in their final steps to the top.

The Active Wellbeing Society’s commitment to supporting residents and employees in Birmingham to be happier, healthier and more active, starts with ourselves.   To our neighbours in the Custard Factory, keep an eye out for the posters in the stairwells.  If you’d like to join in – or adopt our Everest ‘kit’ – drop by our office at #309 for a chat.  To everyone else, wish us luck on the adventure! 

24th May 2019  |  Adeel Khan




Immediate Start Jobs at The Active Wellbeing Society

Due to recent funding and significant team expansion, The Active Wellbeing Society are looking for a team of short term interim colleagues to enable us to launch new and exciting initiatives.  Due to the nature of these projects, you need to be able to start immediately.

We are on the lookout for:

  • 4 Project Managers
  • 1 Community Development Worker
  • 2 Administration Support

Some of these opportunities may lead to further employment

Within any of these roles, you’ll be tasked with playing a key role in the delivery of large scale community programmes supporting citizens to bring wellbeing activities into our communities. We have part-time and full-time roles available. Hours can vary depending on the applicant’s availability. The ability to be flexible and responsive is preferred.

The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) is an independent community benefit society which works with some of the poorest communities in Birmingham to improve people’s health and wellbeing through physical activity.

Its mission is to: Use physical activity, guided by innovation, collaboration and insight, to do the collaborating and development required to create stronger and more resilient communities

How to apply

If you have experience of working in similar roles, these are prime opportunities to advance your career, deliver vital programmes and make a real difference to peoples’ lives.

We’re looking for people who are passionate about community, thrive on being given responsibility and ready to be part of a strong and dedicated team. In return we offer competitive salary and benefits package alongside a rewarding role that you won’t find anywhere else!

To apply for any of the above roles, please send your CV and covering letter by return to jobs@theaws.org or if you have a specific enquiry please call 0121 728 7030.

About The Active Wellbeing Society

The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) is a charitable Community Benefit Society, which means that it is owned by its members and established for the benefit of the community. It has charitable purposes and is treated as a charity by HMRC. All assets are “locked” for the benefit of the communities that TAWS serves.  This ensures that our investment and services are maintained and cannot be for private benefit.

The model enables us to work in a way which is collaborative with our communities, providing a one member one vote model to make decisions democratically and ensure that what we offer is always of the time, inclusive and relevant. 

The Society was developed out of the successful Wellbeing Service set up by Birmingham City Council in June 2015. It has an outstanding track record of innovation, collaboration, citizen engagement and successful delivery, within the Council, and by going independent in 2018, TAWS was able to build on this foundation and unlock new sources of funding to support its further growth and development. 

15th April 2019  |  Adeel Khan




Easter Activities





HFE and The Active Wellbeing Society working together to make exercise inclusive for everyone

HFE are the UK’s leading provider of personal training courses and a wide range of fitness qualifications including sports massage, GP referral, Pilates and yoga. This year, they have launched a new programme, the much-requested Level 3 Award in Programming and Supervising Exercise with Disabled Clients, or simply Level 3 Exercise for Disabled Clients. Recognised and supported by the fitness industry’s original awarding body, YMCA Awards, this qualification has the potential to positively impact countless numbers of lives.

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12th March 2019  |  Tina Bold




5 Steps to wellbeing

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.

1. Connect…

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 everyone

Find 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





Councillor Lisa Trickett appointed The Active Wellbeing Society Chair

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…)

17th December 2018  |  Tina Bold




Greener Birmingham Day Out 2018





British Cycling are looking for volunteers





Wellbeing Survey

Some Interesting things you told us in the Spring 2016 Wellbeing Survey

Health and happiness

Around 30% of people said they don’t feel that healthy and that they’re not that happy. 

However, when we looked at the relationship between happy people and healthy people, we found that 84% of those who said they felt healthy also said they were happy.

So it looks like if you want to be happier being healthier may help and doing any sort of physical activity will help you be healthier,

Physical activity

When we looked at the relationship between happy people and the activity they actually do there were some clear winners!

  • 1st        Walking the dog or Group Fitness Classes
  • 2nd         Playing with children or swimming
  • 3rd        Running or gardening

The good news is that 60% of everyone we spoke to said they want to do more physical exercise – which is great!

When asked what they’d like to do, some clear favourites emerged:

  • 16% go for a swim
  • 12% go to the gym, attend a fitness session or group class
  • 11% go for a walk
  • 10% go cycling
  • 9%   have a dance
  • 7%   go for a run or jog

 

Use of parks

Many of these activities you can do yourself in your local park and it looks like using your local park has a very positive link with your health and happiness.

  • 41% of panellists who use parks rate their health as good or very good vs only 25% for those who don’t use parks
  • 26% of those who use parks are very happy (score 9 or 10 for happiness rating) vs 17% from those who don’t use parks

 

So if you want to stay healthy and feel good why not visit your local park or Wellbeing Centre where we offer access to facilities and sessions free of charge as part of the Be Active scheme. Please follow the links below.

ParkLives Birmingham

 

18th August 2016  |  BrumActivities