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Attleborough festival pulls together resources for boosting wellbeing

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:53 01 February 2016

A Wellbeing Festival for mental health across south Norfolk is held at the Connaught Hall in Attleborough, hosted by the ABCD Project which is run by SOuth Norfolk CCG it brings together all the services available to people.

A Wellbeing Festival for mental health across south Norfolk is held at the Connaught Hall in Attleborough, hosted by the ABCD Project which is run by SOuth Norfolk CCG it brings together all the services available to people.

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Resources to help people across south Norfolk nurture their wellbeing have been drawn together at a community festival.

We Can Wellbeing Awards

During the project, the ABCD team launched its own We Can Wellbeing Awards, giving £250 to people hoping to promote wellbeing through a new initiative.

The winners were:

Nick O’Brien of Dereham’s Neatherd High School. He used his award to run a community mental health events with parents invited.

Sue Anderson, from Costessey, who ran a compassionate mind workshop in the area with the cash.

Colin Howey, who runs the Eureka Wellbeing Photography Group.

They will use their award to expand across the South Norfolk CCG area.

Corinne Fulford, from the Leaping Hare in Thetford, will run heritage walks around the town.

Diss Advocacy Group, which supports people with learning disabilities, will create an easy-read map of what keeps them well in Diss.

Caroline Riley, who runs Puppet Works, used the money to create a puppet show about wellbeing to take into schools.

Rosy Lee’s Tea

Rooms in Loddon will use their award to finance a year of Equality Soup evenings, giving free soup to visitors.

Willow Farrell created a project called Pass a Parcel, where she approached local businesses in Hethersett to donate goods to create wellbeing parcels.

Hundreds of people from Dereham to Diss attended the Winter Wellbeing event on Saturday, which marked the end of a nine-month project to highlight services, groups and hobbies that can boost mental health.

The ABCD – asset based community development –project has, over the last few months, seen a team travel around events in the South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area to ask one question - what keeps you well?

The answers were collated and turned into a map, designed by Allison Bradnock, which was handed out at Saturday’s festival in Attleborough.

Michelle Savage, who co-ordinated the project, said: “January can be a difficult time for people and we wanted to do something to improve their wellbeing.

Thetford Town Crier Mike Wabe with the map created by the ABCD team at the Attleborough Wellbeing Festival. Picture: SubmittedThetford Town Crier Mike Wabe with the map created by the ABCD team at the Attleborough Wellbeing Festival. Picture: Submitted

“The project, over the last few months, has been connecting people to the resources available and that’s what happened this weekend.”

During the festival, which lasted from 10am to 10pm, visitors danced, sang, exercised and took dogs for walks.

Community groups were on hand to offer information and support, while speakers and oriental dancers were among the entertainment.

The CCG was given £32,000 to launch the project, which has been steered by people who have lived with mental health problems.

Partner organisations include Healthwatch Norfolk, Norfolk County Council and Together for Mental Wellbeing.

For more information, visit http://abcdproject.org.uk/

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