Health & Wellbeing

Hello Everyone,

I would like to begin by expressing my thanks to Olcan for appointing me as the club’s new
Health and Wellbeing Officer. My role is to raise awareness of this issue and to introduce
some practical initiatives to enhance wellbeing within our club and community.

Many factors influence our Health & Wellbeing and the NHS highlights 5 steps that we can
take to improve it.

1. Connect - Connect with family and friends but also connect with people in our
neighbourhood/community/club and the wider world. Mental Wellbeing means
feeling good about ourselves and the world around us, therefore taking time to
strengthen and broaden relationships is good for our Wellbeing and good for the
Wellbeing of others. There are many ways to implement this within our
club/community e.g.

- stop and speak with new club members
- make contact with someone who hasn’t been around the club for a while
- volunteer to help around the club/attend the next club function.

2. Get Active - What we do with our body can have a powerful effect on our Mental
Wellbeing. We can get active by finding physical activities that we enjoy and can
participate in on a regular basis. Lots of our young people participate in the sporting
activities within the club, and there are many others within our club who walk, cycle,
dance, swim etc. The club has excellent indoor and outdoor facilities available to all,
so come along and check them out.

3. Give - Small acts of kindness towards other people can make us feel happier and
more satisfied with life. Helping others and working with them can also give us a
sense of purpose and build feelings of self-worth. Volunteering to do something for
our local school, our local charity shop or our club are examples of larger acts of
kindness which, by working with others towards a shared goal, are good for our
Health and Wellbeing.

4. Learning - Learning new skills can have a positive effect on our Health and
Wellbeing. Learning can boost self-confidence, self-esteem and help us to connect
with others.

5. Awareness - Awareness with regard to Health and Wellbeing is often referred to as
“Mindfulness”. There is a significant body of evidence to demonstrate that what we
do, and the way we think and act have a much greater impact on our Wellbeing than
material goods. Mindfulness can help us to understand ourselves better and to be
more aware of the world around us.

"An important part of mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations they
experience. This means waking up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present
moment.....Awareness of this kind doesn't start by trying to change or fix anything. It's about
allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively
change the way we see ourselves and our lives." (Dr Mark Williams, 2014)

As the year progresses I hope to organise talks and instigate activities which I hope will go
some way to enhance Health and Wellbeing within our club and community.

My role also involves signposting people to the many specialist organisations that offer help
and assistance, and any requests for help/information will be treated with confidentially.

Julie Nelson
(Health and Wellbeing Officer)
Phone: 07799718716

Useful Numbers

Lifeline – Phone: 0808 808 8000 (crisis response helpline service for people who are
experiencing distress or despair)

Samaritans – Phone: 116123 (free) (available 24 hours a day to provide confidential
emotional support for people experiencing distress, despair or suicidal thoughts)

Cruse – Phone: 028 2766 6686 (to support those who have been bereaved)

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Health & Wellbeing Useful Numbers
Lifeline – Phone:
0808 808 8000
Samaritans – Phone:
116123 (Free)
Cruse – Phone:
028 2766 6686