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Wellbeing Project | News August 2021
Welcome to Augusts wellbeing newsletter and thank you for taking the time out to read it.  Hopefully there will be somethings in here that you find useful.

When writing the newsletter, obviously one of the main points is to ensure the contents are relatable and resonate with people.  Bearing that in mind............something that often comes up (and we recently focused on in the last Wellbeing Warriors Zoom Session) is our thoughts, overthinking and the importance of recognising the things that are within our control and those that aren't.  We also looked at positive mantras to dismiss self doubt and remind ourselves of our self-worth, achievements and ability. 
Do you feel that your mind is sometimes so full of thoughts that you just can't process them or put them into perspective? Thinking about something that has previously happened or something currently happening or something your worried about happening in the future.   Overthinking is exhausting and can have a negative impact on our mental health and affects our ability to make decisions.
Very Well Mind has some really useful information and tips on how to stop overthinking along with going into more detail on ruminating and racing thoughts on their website.  

Another useful source is an app that was suggested from the Wellbeing Warriors session called Worry Tree which is a journal to manage and categorise worries.

We need to remember our strengths and tell ourselves these.  Here are some ideas for positive mantras but you will have your own that represent you.....let us know yours ❤️
  1. I am getting stronger everyday
  2. I can do this
  3. I know my worth
  4. I inspire others
  5. I choose what I become
If  overthinking is impacting on your day to day life or you are struggling with your mental health in general,  support services can be found on the Broxtowe Borough Council website.

“The more you overthink the less you will understand.”
Habeeb Akande

Between lockdown and self isolation it probably feels for a lot of parents and carers that for the past 18 or so months children and young people have been out of school more  than in, so with the long summers holidays now underway trying to think of new activities is more difficult. Below are some ideas along with information.

To start, this months Action for Happiness calendar is Altruistic August where there are some ideas on doing  something nice for someone each day.  You/your children could create your own calendar of daily positives or acts of kindness.

Locally there are activities and schemes available so take a look at what's on in Broxtowe during the summer

Inspire, Culture, Learning Libraries launched their Wild World Heros Reading Challenge which runs until 5th September.  This is aimed at children between the ages of 4 to11 and encourages reading with little prizes as incentives along the way.

As we know looking after our environment and contributing however we can is so important also that being outdoors with nature has a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing so why not combine a bit of everything in doing something positive for the environment, learning new things, being outdoors and engaging in some activities with the Activitree Challenge from Forestry England.  You can sign up to receive activities to help you and your family stay active over the summer.  Or there are some lovely activities from the Canal and Riverside Trust on their website pages 'Lets go Outdoors' and 'Nature Inspired Art'.

Mealtimes can often be difficult trying to ensure a balanced diet, catering for everyone's likes and dislikes, coming up with new ideas and budgeting it all.  Change 4 Life and Family Fresh Meals have some ideas on how to do this.  

The government are planning to remove some of the funding that was in place to help around the pandemic which could mean some households loose £20 per week.  Broxtowe CAB have information on their website about how they can support people around this as well as giving information about finances and budgeting generally.

Looking after and checking in on children and young peoples wellbeing is really important.  Enabling them to have the space and time to talk.  Sometimes it is difficult to know how to do this though.  Young Minds have some exercises on their website which could help, such as  How Many Positives.  This is written as a group exercise but could be done on a one to one basis.  Another one is What Keeps Us Going which looks at identifying strategies that help you and implementing them to feel better equipped to manage in challenging situations. 
They also have other activities like Wellbeing Bingo or Finding Your Balance.

If you do feel that a child or young person you know is struggling with their mental health there is lots of information on general support and services available on the NHS website.   There are also local services within Nottinghamshire who who provide support around the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people such as Base51 and Casy.

"When you do the things you can do you will find a way."
AA Milne
What's been happening at BWP and what's coming up:

We have continued to run the monthly Wellbeing Warrior sessions via zoom and as mentioned.
Reading Friends Zoom was postponed until  August when it had been hoped that the session would be back in libraries, however this is looking doubtful....fingers crossed for Septembers!
For more information about our zoom sessions and how to get involved please contact

The creative art sessions with Bo Olawoye have continued throughout July.  The group have produced some amazing pieces which are due to be printed later this month.

On 23rd July we visited a local heritage site where we had  use of one of their private rooms for lunch and crafts as well as a tour around the site.  There were also discussions on future joint project opportunities within the gardens and creative art projects, so keep a look out on our website for more information.

What's coming up in August:

Thursday 5th August - 10am to 12pm (North Broxtowe) and Wednesday 11th August 12pm to 2pm (South Broxtowe).
After the success of our Nature in the Park event in June, we will be hosting two more outdoor summer activity sessions.  There will be Zumba, mindfulness, stories, games and lots more for everyone to join in with. For more information please contact 

From 1st August
Within Reach Programme.
Women who've experienced Domestic Abuse can access support, training and opportunities that prepare them to get back to work through our Within Reach programme to be launched on 1st April 2021.

Friday 13th August
Garden Afternoon Tea with BWP at Beeston Canalside Heritage Centre.  To find our how to book your place please click here.  If you would like to host your own afternoon tea for BWP please see our information pack on how to do this.

Thursday 19th August 
Family Walk 10am to12pm.  For more information please contact 

We have been offered some space to grow some plants/produce.  It's a great opportunity so if this is something that you would be interested in finding out more about please contact 

We are continuing to build on our rose themed picture gallery for our submission to the Art Culture Tourism, Year of the Roses project.  if you would like to add to this please download the picture, colour, photograph and email to us.  If you have been working on any other rose themed pieces please photograph these and send them to us too.

We are in the process of planning other events and sessions, including a project with National Justice Museum, self care sessions, sessions on hopes and aspirations, creative writing and lots more.

As always if you have any ideas for sessions or events, anything you would like to read about in the wellbeing newsletter or if you would like to write a blog on what you do to improve your own or your families wellbeing please contact

"Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort."
Franklin D. Roosevelt


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