61% and smiling

We were invited to take part in the 61% and smiling conference which was about “Bridging the Gap between Arts and Wellbeing”. It was  aimed at professionals from both the health and wellbeing sector and from the arts and culture sector who would like to explore how they can more effectively work together, using data and learning from national and local programmes. We had a stand next to our old friends Sing Your Heart Out who were so brilliant at the Winter Wellbeing festival. Why was the conference called 61% and Smiling? Because 61% is the percentage of people who demonstrated increased wellbeing as a result of taking part in the creative and cultural activities which were part of the Norfolk Arts & Wellbeing Programme. Our Project Coordinator Michelle Savage was invited to write a personal perspective for the report to accompany the conference. You can download the by clicking this link: 61% and Smiling Report

61% and smiling

Compassionate Mind

We Can Wellbeing Award Winner Sue Anderson is running a FREE Compassionate Mind Workshop on Wednesday 27th January from 11-3.30pm at the Costessey Centre. Email compassionatetherapy50@gmail.com to book your place. Compassionate ABCD Poster final

We Can Wellbeing Awards

Got an idea to inspire wellbeing in your community? £250 awards available to get it moving!

Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and we are celebrating by launching our WE CAN Wellbeing Awards. We want to inspire people living in the South Norfolk CCG area to get together with their friends and neighbours and do something to promote wellbeing where they live.

We will match 25 hours of voluntary time with £250 in money to get small projects or activities off the ground. We are particularly interested in projects that promote the
“5 Ways to Wellbeing”:

  • Connect people and communities
  • Encourage people to be active
  • Inspire people to take notice of the world
  • Help people to learn new skills and knowledge
  • Create opportunities for people to give to others

Successfully awarded projects will be showcased at our Winter Wellbeing Festival at Connaught Hall, Attleborough on Saturday 30th January 2016. Applications can be made at any time between 10th October 2015 and 4th January 2016.

Kevin James, Chair of Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust’s Service User and Carers Forum and member of the ABCD Project Board, says:

“We are looking for people to engage with their communities and do something positive – a small amount of time and money can go a long, long way. Supporting people’s wellbeing in the community is vital to recovery and the wider acceptance of mental health conditions, so we are keen to find out the great ideas that South Norfolk will come up with!”

Contact Michelle Savage, ABCD Project Coordinator, for more information and details about how to apply: shell@abcdproject.org.uk or 07497003539

ABCD crew! for newsletter

Happy World Mental Health Day!

Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day, a time to raise awareness of and remove the stigma around mental health.  We are celebrating by launching our WE CAN Wellbeing awards – more about them soon. Right now we thought we’d have some wise words from local hero Stephen Fry.
stephen fry

Reference Group

We had our second Reference Group meeting  today. We are going to have four Reference Group meetings over the course of the project. The idea is to bring together everyone who is interested in the ABCD Project and wants to make it a success. The meeting is facilitated (run) by Rich from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi). His job is to help create a safe space for us to support the project to grow. The main things we did today were look at the new website and go through our strategy document to make sure we are all working towards the same goals. One of the key message people wanted to ensure we did is “see the person behind the illness”.

Project Reference Group