Walk and picnic event at Aston Park

On Saturday 25th June, we ran a community fun day at Aston Park with Commonwealth Games inspired activities for all the family. The event was in celebration of the Step Back Out project, which has encouraged people to get active in their local communities via 1:1 support walks, walking and

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Community Café Volunteer – Ellen’s Story

Ellen, aged 20, regularly volunteers at our community café in Druids Heath, which provides delicious sit-down meals created using surplus food. Ellen is currently studying for a degree in Biomedical Science and fits volunteering in around her lectures. She explained that she initially started volunteering at the community café as

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Green and growing updates

The Active Wellbeing Society runs and is involved in a number of green projects, aiming to help communities access their local green spaces, learn gardening and composting skills, and develop activities that bring people together. We work with a range of partners and groups to encourage more people to get

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Raymond’s Story- Social Prescribing

Raymond is 64 years old. Since he turned 60, he has been experiencing ill health. He has had a stroke and has arthritis in his feet. He also explained that ‘One of the main problems is my heart, I need to keep my heart active.’ Raymond received a text from

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From Beginner to Volunteer Run Leader – Dan’s Story

Dan had never focused on his health and wellbeing. He had struggled with his weight since his teenage years and had battled with low self-esteem. At his heaviest, Dan weighed over 22 and a half stone. Despite losing some weight, he struggled to maintain his weight loss and found himself

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Claire’s story-Growing volunteer

Claire started volunteering at the All Saint’s community garden in Small Heath in February this year. With a passion for growing, gardening and, composting Claire was keen to get involved, lay the groundwork and help get things started with the growing space for local people to take ownership. Claire feels

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TAWS Bike Giveaway

At The Active Wellbeing Society, we’ve been working with Birmingham City Council’s Active Travel Fund and Raleigh UK to give away 500 more Big Birmingham Bikes across the city this year. Big Birmingham Bikes is a city council initiative which works to increase the health and mobility of those who do

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Bordesley Green- Litter pick

On Wednesday 2nd March, we ran a community litter pick at Bordesley Green Recreational Ground. This event was part of our Step Back Out project, which encourages people to get active in their local communities. It was amazing to see that despite the less-than-ideal weather conditions, a lovely group of

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Community Café Volunteer – Thiago’s Story

Thiago is a journalist from Brazil, who came to Birmingham temporarily to work on a British Red Cross project with refugees. Alongside this, he also decided to volunteer with The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS)’ Community Food Project. Thiago found out about our Big Feed Project’s Community Cafes, and decided to

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Therapeutic Rides – Mary’s Story

Mary enjoys walking, spending time outside and being active. She visited her GP as she was experiencing loneliness and issues with her mental health. The Doctor referred her to one of our Social Prescribing Link Workers, who connected Mary with our Listen & Connect service. Listen & Connect is a

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Afrah’s Story

At The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS), we have recently taken on our fourth and final cohort of Kickstart employees. Kickstart is a Department for Work and Pensions programme which supports young people, aged between 16 and 24 who are at risk of long-term unemployment, to gain skills within employment. In

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David Farnworth

David’s background is in the private sector and 3rd Sector and volunteering. He started his working career after leaving The University of Manchester in the public sector working as a social worker in the Northeast of England. David then spent almost 40 in years in the pharmaceutical industry. He initially

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Social Prescribing Day 2022

On 10th March 2022 The Social Prescribing Network are celebrating #SocialPrescribingDay. The event aims to recognising local community groups and projects which have kept us healthy throughout the pandemic and beyond. We want to recognise our amazing Social Prescribing team and our partners (PCNs, OHP) who work so hard to provide patients

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#IWD2022: An Interview with TAWS CEO Karen Creavin

All this week, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day #IWD2022, through stories of inspiring women who are #breakingthebias and motivating the next generation.  Starting with our very own CEO Karen Creavin. She founded The Active Wellbeing Society in 2018, after working on the wellbeing programme at Birmingham City Council. In 2021 TAWS

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Learning to Cycle at 60 – Annie’s Story

At 60-years-old, Annie was struggling with her health, she had severe asthma and was diagnosed with diabetes. After entering into early retirement, her doctor prescribed her a free 12-week gym programme, in hopes of improving her physical health. “I went and started at the gym, and then when I went

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Food Waste Action Week 2022

It’s Food Waste Action Week – a week dedicated to raising awareness of the environmental consequences of wasting food. Did you know around 1/3 of the food we produce worldwide is either lost or wasted, and 45% of domestic waste across Birmingham is food.   There is a lot of food

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