What’s On at the Winter Wellbeing Festival

Saturday 30th January 2016

10am-10pm Connaught Hall, Attleborough

Blow away those winter blues with a 12 hour festival celebrating everything that keeps us well in South Norfolk. We’ve spent 9 months finding out what gets people through tough times and we want to show you what we’ve learnt in the most fun and interactive way possible.

In the Main Hall
Dress, pose and paint like a Dandy and their nice Ice Queen, make friends in the Julian Support Ball Pool, create animated pledges with Bigger Picture, Break the Chain of violence against women with Norwich Rising. Make baskets with Withy Arts and keyrings with Sabs and Hales Crafts. Try a range of therapies with Norwich Mind and Rowan House. Have a go at Step Dancing, NIA dance, Bokwa. Make puppets with Puppet Works, sing with Sing Your Heart Out, laugh mindfully with Gary, try art therapy with Gosia. Check out the stalls: Wellbeing Service, Norfolk Directory, Carers Advice Partnership, Healthwatch, Opening Doors, YMCA, Leaping Hare and the Thetford Town Crier, the Library, Recovery College….

In the Francis Room
Workshops in ABCD (Asset Based Community Development), poetry, compassionate mind, whole school approaches to mental health, coming out, peer support, recovery…

In the Bar
Screenprint our wellbeing map onto tshirts and bags with Print to the People, take part in a virtual wheelchair/cycling marathon with Equal Lives, enjoy Andy’s light show with micro-projectors…

Watch Time To Change films about mental health in the Bigger Picture Cinema Tent, try archery with Voluntary Norfolk, explore nature activities with Ringsfield Eco Centre, go on a Wonder Wander with photography group Eureka…

In the cafe
We’ll have healthy snacks and drinks available all day and cooking demonstrations with Anne. Healthwatch Norfolk are bringing homemade cake…

6pm Community Supper: Equality Soup from Rosy Lee’s Tea Room in Loddon and West African vegetarian food from Society Alive.

7-10pm: Showtime with the Voxettes, Thomas Terrific and Harry Hilarious, Vicky Moore, Anna Mudeka Band. Your compere is Di Cunningham, Breakfast Show host from Future Radio 107.8fm.

Everything is FREE but we invite you to bring non-perishable food items for the Food Bank or wool and knitting needles for new group Shawl Hugs. Please book tickets via shell@abcdproject.org.uk for the supper and evening entertainment so we know how many people to cater for.

The timetable is subject to change.
Winter Wellbeing Festival email

Norfolk Directory

Sabrina and debra

We met Debra Lawrence-Bell at Norfolk County Council yesterday. We showed her our map of the South Norfolk CCG area and all the things that people say keep them well where they live. She told us about the the Norfolk Directory which sounds like a really good place for people to record their community assets – all the clubs, associations and things they love. Debra explains…..

The Norfolk Directory is a useful tool to find specific clubs, groups and services from all around Norfolk. The search results can be narrowed to 1,5, or 10 miles of your postcode or widened to the whole of Norfolk.

There is a What’s on feature to allow you to go to a specific day to see what’s on in your area.
There are many ways that the directory can be used:

  • To look up clubs etc for yourself or service users and shortlist for future reference, print out or email.
  • To register a group/club/service.
  • To look to see what is available in an area already before setting up another group/club, to prevent duplication.
  • To see where there are gaps in areas for a particular group/club and set one up.
  • To give feedback on a club/service through rate and review.

To register for a record on the directory use the link to this page:

All records and feedback is monitored by the web team at Norfolk County Council.

Norfolk directory logo

Join the Festival Crew!

ABCD Festival Poster Cartoon

We are forming a Festival Crew to organise our ABCD Winter Wellbeing Festival. We will get together on Mondays between 11-1pm in the Francis Room at Connaught Hall in Attleborough. Everybody welcome – we need as many people as possible to help us make the day as brilliant as it can be. We had our first sesh on Monday 9th November. Seven of us brainstormed our ideas for the festival and played “Head, Hands, Heart” to explore the knowledge, skills and passions we can bring….

  • Shell has got years of experience of organising Norwich Pride
  • Karen is looking forward to teaching us Tai Chi Qgong
  • Sarah loves promoting diversity
  • Anne is a fab photographer
  • Sabrina is a crafty woman! she adores making things
  • Paul is great at admin
  • Hazel is a disability activist

Email shell@abcdproject.org.uk if you’d like to join the crew. You don’t have to come every week – we’d love people to pop in and say hi.

We aim to finish around 12.30 so we can have a bring-and-share lunch.

Sarah from Norwich Mind    ABCD Festival Crew playing Head, Heart, Hands

ABCD at Rosy Lee’s

We had a yummy time asset-mapping Loddon with Caroline and her customers at Rosy Lee’s Tea Room. Caroline hosts a free soup evening once a month for anyone who wants to come in and meet other people and have a chat. She organises the annual Scarecrow festival and local business forum. She offered to help us with practical things for the ABCD festival in January – e.g. if we need a marquee. What an asset she is!

Rosy Lee

Paul and Sabrina in admin action!

Paul has joined our ABCD team. He has a background in admin work so we got him typing up our mailing list and all the notes from the flipcharts and maps we’ve been collecting. He and Sabrina made a great team, taking turns reading out and typing. Paul fell in love with Shell’s iMac. Paul will be at the next Reference Group collecting people’s involvement fees and expenses forms.


Well-being at the Wayland Show

We had a wonderful day in the Well-Being Marquee at the Wayland Show in Watton. We took a banner with a map of the South Norfolk CCG area and the question “what keeps you well where you live?” The idea was that people could put a dot on the map to show where they lived and then write about the things that keep them healthy and connected. It was great! We spoke to LOADS of people and they were very impressed with our new ABCD Project bags and badges!

Alex Wayland

Meeting up in Mulbarton

The Mulbarton Get-Together was a success. Jill the village historian came as well as Sue who had just moved to the village. It was a great combination and together with Malcolm our ABCD champion and Ollie from the South Norfolk CCG, we has a really good time talking about the village and asset-mapping all its resources. We discovered that because of new housing developments, the village has got longer and longer and lost its centre. The key thing people want is a cafe so we are planning an ABCD Tea Party in September to bring more people into the project and see if we can help make it happen.  In the old days, whenever anyone moved into Mulbarton someone would visit them and give them a Welcome Book and a jar of honey or bottle of apple juice. That tradition got lost when the village expanded really quickly. The group decided to get together to update the Welcome Book. Jill is the editor of the Parish newsletter so she’s going to get a piece in it about the ABCD Project in the autumn edition.

Mulbarton ABCD Get-Together