Photo: Councillor Gerry O’Donnell with the winner of the Wychavon Wellbeing Challenge prize draw.
Wychavon District Council’s Wellbeing Week has been hailed a success as it sought to raise awareness of the Five Ways to Wellbeing and promote good mental health.
It was one of the Council’s promises to put on a week of activities that would appeal to people whatever their age or health.
This October (9-15), Wychavon teamed up with more than 15 different organisations across the district for the Wychavon Wellbeing Week. These organisations included Fortis Living, Rooftop Housing, Worcestershire County Council, WANDS in Droitwich Spa, Pershore Library, Wychavon Leisure and more.
Nearly 100 activities were on offer based around one or more of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which are: Connect; Be Active; Take Notice; Keep Learning; and, Give.
Activities included health checks and free virtual classes at the Rivers leisure centres, martial arts training, lifestyle yoga and a Tai Chi taster session. Visitors to libraries got arty creating colourful hand prints on a giant map of Wychavon to show how they had been following the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
There were also opportunities to donate items to Droitwich foodbank and the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal.
There was a competition too, with people who had completed at least one activity under each of the Five Ways to Wellbeing headings being able to submit a card to say what they had done and be entered into a prize draw. The prize was a Tom Tom Touch Cardio Fitness Tracker, kindly donated by Birdseye Sports in Evesham.
Cherrie Mansfield, Wychavon’s Strategy and Performance Manager, who helped to organise the week, said: “The aim of the week, which coincided with World Mental Health Week, was to raise awareness of mental health issues. We wanted to show the positive and practical ways that people can improve their wellbeing, whilst also highlighting the support that is available for people experiencing mental health problems.”
Councillor Gerry O’Donnell, who is the health and wellbeing portfolio holder for Wychavon, said: “Improving mental health and wellbeing is a key theme in the Wychavon Health and Wellbeing Plan. During the week we wanted to encourage people to take part in different activities, to talk about mental health and to seek information or support if they needed it.
“Highlighting the issues around mental health and raising awareness is not just for one week of the year, however. We must all be open to giving support to those around us who may be suffering with mental health issues.”
Feedback from some of the people and organisations who participated in the week showed that Wychavon Wellbeing Week has helped…
“…me to think about something completely different for a while and perhaps give me a different perspective on things.”
“…by encouraging me to take more exercise – I forgot how much I enjoy it when I do.”
“…me realise that it is fun and inspiring to try something different, and has given me the confidence to try something new.”
“…me feel calm, inspired and invigorated.”
For more information and for links to additional help and support for people living with mental health issues, go to www.wychavon-wellbeing.co.uk