5 Ways to Wellbeing – connect!

Sarah Morland, Partnership Manager
Primary interest

Last week, we started the conversation about Five Ways to Wellbeing, 5 simple steps that can help us improve our wellbeing in every day life, Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning and Give

This week the focus CONNECT – feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world

Reading’s draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy has “Reducing loneliness and social isolation” as a key priority which will include “direct support to improve the quality of people’s community connections as well as the wider services which help these relationships to flourish”

How are local voluntary and community groups helping people to connect?

  • Befriending – there are a number of well-established befriending schemes in Reading providing one to one support for people at risk of loneliness and isolation. ‘Befriending is such an important service for people who have no one else’, says Mary, who has been volunteering for Engage Befriending for three years.
  • Lunch clubs – Read the great story about Arthur’s 103rd birthday celebration at a lunch club organised by Age UK Reading and a volunteer, describing “the importance of the “1 to 1 contact” that the clubs provide and how it serves as a way for the older people to get out and meet one another”.  Here are details of all the lunch clubs that we know about in Reading – do tell us of any others we can add
  • Social activities – Did you know that Oxford Road Timebank organises two board game clubs in Reading, in  Central and Battle Libraries? Have you heard about FIRTREE (Friends in Retirement Taking Recreation, Education and Exercise)?  Read all about Firtree.

Don’t forget, our first Wellbeing Fair takes place on Tuesday 31 January  at Reading Central Library – a great way to find out how to connect with local organisations, activities and people.

Tell us about other great ways that you are helping people to connect!