Why are some people active and others not? And if it’s true that young people play less outdoors, what’s stopping them? I talked to half a dozen ten year old children after school over a game of badminton & archery.(more…)
They say that when trying to make changes in life, personal goals are a must. Those on a diet have a target weight, runners train for a target distance and I, along with 119 other members of the public, have a dance performance in 36 days time.(more…)
Juyoung Lee, our intern at The Active Wellbeing Society from Seoul Korea, is studying Social Policy at The University of Birmingham. She joined a meeting at Fletchers Bar near Kings Heath’s High Street on Friday 5th April discussing Clean Air. The meeting was hosted by Kings Heath Business Improvement District (BID) Chair, Brett Rehling.(more…)
It’s ten years since Friends of Witton Lakes (FOWL) was started – I spoke to Linda Hines MBE, one of it’s founders to find out more about the people who care for a pair of former drinking water reservoirs between Perry Common and Erdington.(more…)
Juyoung Lee is from Seoul on a student placement with a particular interest in Clean Air – she writes about her experiences with us monitoring our air:(more…)
We were at Shard End Library at half term making willow wands and drawing portraits with Caricaturist Ben Jones while we chatted. It was a great way to get to know people, find out what they thought about their local area and learn how to make willow wands. Here are some of the comments and great illustrations from the day – thanks to staff at the Library and everyone who took part.(more…)
Nearly 1000 people joined us in Meriden Park on a hot, sunny February afternoon to get active.(more…)
‘What do you wish this was?’ – A great question to find out more about what people want, and to start a conversation about what can be done to make things better. At St. Paul’s Venture Hope & Change event we asked participants about what they thought and used stickers to label exactly what is wanted and where (thanks Candy Chang)(more…)
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!
On Friday we were next door to Planet Ice to meet Hobs Moat and Greenhill Active Communities with Solihull Council, to better understand the assets locally and listen to ideas on how we can develop happier, stronger communities and get people active. At the event itself two local people met for the first time, one having cleaned up a street after the the other, a shop manager, had their shop broken in to – a film is now planned working with Solihull College: (more…)