What we are doing during the Year of Wellbeing

 

Celebrating and building on our strengths

Our vision for wellbeing is ambitious. Coventry and Warwickshire is brimming with people offering opportunities for exercise and friendship, practical advice and specialist training, professional counselling and volunteer support. We are working hard to promote and support these networks by engaging champions of a healthier lifestyle, giving them access to new skills and communications channels including our Year of Wellbeing website, increasing their reach and impact.

We have also built a wider and stronger network of partners united in supporting the Year of Wellbeing goals and are promoting events and activities that mobilise their workforces in pursuit of these goals.

Read about activity for Time to Talk Day in February

 

Physical exercise in primary schools

We are building links with activity providers and primary schools in both Coventry and Warwickshire, to help encourage more activity in and around the school day, particularly in primary schools.

For example, already a feature of life in thousands of primary schools up and down the country, The Daily Mile is just one way of building 15 minutes of exercise into each day. However, lots of other options exist and, as each school is different, we aim to encourage schools to find a solution that is the best fit for them, where they don't have this in place already. We aim to have 100 primary schools engaged with increased physical activity by the end of 2019, giving children a daily burst of physical activity to let off steam and build up stamina.

More than that, we will encourage people of all ages to commit to taking a quarter of an hour a day to stroll, jog or run flat out for the sake of their hearts, their health and the pleasure of moving.

See Olympian David Moorcroft support schools to help increase physical exercise.

 

Start a conversation

Loneliness can affect anyone and is linked to the development of mental and physical health conditions. We are showcasing the value of building social connections, volunteering and befriending, and promote the benefits of simply starting a conversation.

We are amplifying the voices of people with positive stories to tell about their health and wellbeing journeys to generate discussion, awareness and acceptance. We will learn from the many organisations working with older people to see what we can add to their work in targeting isolation.

 

Workforce wellbeing

We are working to promote the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Thrive At Work agenda.

We are actively promoting Thrive At Work to our partners, and are working with local employers to raise awareness of the benefits of having healthy, well staff. In particular, we are highlighting the importance of managing stress and mental health, and how individuals and organisations can respond when colleagues are struggling. We are offering advice and guidance to the many small employers who value staff wellbeing, but who may not have the resources to develop activity themselves.

Don't forget you can also get involved on social media using the hashtag: #LetsDoThisTogetherCW

 

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