A charity that helps individuals get back into work is using a wellbeing scheme promoted by the council to boost people’s mental health and support them even further.
The council launched its ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ campaign last year to encourage people to take their mental health and wellbeing as seriously as their physical health. The aim of 5 Ways is to get local charities and organisations to take the scheme and adopt it into their own work – which is exactly what Spider Project Wirral has done.
The Birkenhead-based Spider Project helps people tackle addiction while supporting them back into employment and further education. They use creativity and arts as a way to combat substance misuse issues and after hearing about 5 Ways through the council, they found they were already doing a lot of what is included in the campaign.
Mel Bowen, Creative Director at Spider Project, said: “When we first heard about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing we realised that by a sort of happy accident, here at Spider, we already implement the 5 Ways every day without realising, as probably a lot of people in Wirral do too.”
5 Ways to Wellbeing calls for people to; Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning and Give. Each of these ways can be easily incorporated into a daily routine which can improve overall mental health.
To mark their involvement, Spider ran a three day festival of events called ‘5 Ways 2B Well’.
The festival included a range of free activities and events including film/video production, painting, photography, holistic therapies, sign language, mindfulness and more. Attendees made pledges to work on during and after the festival including getting more active, connecting with neighbours and eating less chocolate.
Local organisations were involved including Community Action Wirral, British Heart Foundation, Wirral Ways, the Clinical Research Unit, The Homeless Hostel, Households Into Work, Wirral Met, People’s Parliament, Connect Us, Health Walk Wirral and Forum Housing.
Mel said: “The festival was really about acknowledging how our creative activities and lives connect with our wellbeing. Hopefully through recognising this we can encourage the people on our program to actively practice the 5 Ways and be even more ‘well’.”
Having recently won the Liverpool City Region Community Arts & Music Awards’ Health and Wellbeing Award, we are proud to wish Spider Project warm congratulations for their continued valuable work within the community.
Learn more about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and how you can incorporate them into your lifestyle by visiting wirral.gov.uk.
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Published by Wirral Council News on Wed, 20 Jun 2018 http://www.wirral.gov.uk