Groundwork’s focus on changing people’s lives runs far beyond the outcomes we are required to deliver by our funders. At the heart of everything we do is helping people develop skills and positive behaviours that they can take forward for the rest of their life – sustainable development on an individual basis!
We’ve come to recognise that some of the biggest challenges people face in life can be overcome by addressing health and wellbeing issues first. Through our courses, programmes and projects we have inter-weaved elements of health and wellbeing to raise awareness and embed positive behaviours.
More recently we have been promoting many of the resources, tools and local services we use with our beneficiaries to Groundwork staff. Groundwork has an important role to play not just on the people we support but also the people doing the supporting. A more happy and healthy workforce, with knowledge of wellbeing, is better able to inspire others to adopt positive changes in their own life.
This blog post brings together some of the health and wellbeing resources, tools and local services we have been linking in with at Groundwork.
5 ways to wellbeing
Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.
- Connect – Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.
- Be active – You don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
- Take notice – Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
- Keep learning – Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence.
- Give – Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Look out, as well as in.
If you approach them with an open mind and try them out, you can judge the results yourself. More information can be found on the New Economics Foundation (NEF) website or the NHS Choices website.
Rochdale even has its own Five Ways to Wellbeing website where you can measure your wellbeing in 2 minutes and get ideas for improving in the areas listed above.
Local wellbeing links
Groundwork has lots of links to local wellbeing services and partners across Bolton, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale. Here are some of them…
We are working closely with the Healthy Minds team and make referrals to them for mental health support 1:1 and group sessions. The service is open to over the age of 16 years and registered with a GP in Bury, Oldham, Tameside and Glossop, Stockport or Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.
BEATS is an exercise referral scheme for people with a recurring illness or medical condition who would benefit from a personal exercise programme. It is a partnership between NHS Bury and Bury Leisure.
Bury NHS Health Trainers – offers local people support in a number of areas affecting their health including eating healthily, becoming active, improving their quality of sleep, breastfeeding, managing a long-term condition, stopping smoking and drinking sensibly.
I Will If You Will is a movement to get the women and girls of Bury moving. Funded by Sport England and launched by Bury Council, this initiative is about women getting together and trying something new.
We live in an area with outstanding public spaces and green corridors. Why not discover more about the free outdoor spaces on your doorstep. Check out what’s on offer in Bolton, Bury, Oldham and Rochdale.
Living Well Rochdale is a community health initiative that helps people with oral health, stopping smoking, exercise and much more. The service is free and open to anyone living in Heywood, Middleton or Rochdale.
If you live in Oldham and want to grow your own food then visit the Get Oldham Growing blog. As well as hints and tips to get growing at home there’s also a map of local food growing initiatives where anyone can get involved.
If online is your thing then register with Learn My Way, complete the Digital Health survey and stay healthy by using the NHS Choices website.
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust runs an excellent Expert Patients Programme (EPP) – a free 7 week programme for people with a long term condition. They also run a diverse volunteering scheme with activities such as befriending, excursions, talking, walking, sports and gardening.
If you’re looking to volunteer be sure to check out the do-it.org national volunteer database. It lists local volunteer opportunities and you can filter them depending on what you’re looking for.
If you know of a local service or project to help improve health and wellbeing then comment below or contact us via our website.