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The South Tyneside Happiness and Wellbeing Network

The South Tyneside Happiness and Wellbeing Network aims to provide a forum for sharing and developing ideas in order to contribute to the improvement of mental health, happiness and wellbeing.The Network hosts meetings and events, and produces communications and publications.
For more information about the South Tyneside Happiness and Wellbeing please contact Rob at:  r.braines@ntlworld.com

Sea Dippers Help Banish the Blues ?

Dippers in South Tyneside braved icy sea conditions in an attempt to challenge local people to ditch the booze and help banish the blues this month.

Around 20 people gathered at Sandhaven Beach and plunged into the sea to show their commitment to both Dry January and Blue Monday campaigns that are taking place this month.

South Tyneside Council’s Libraries and Public Health teams joined forces with local community and voluntary organisations including the Happiness and Wellbeing Network, Groundwork and the Youth Parliament to raise awareness of the initiatives throughout the Borough.  
Click here to read more!

Read the South Tyneside Blue Monday 2015 Report here!

Blue Monday 2014
The Mayor, Councillor Ernest Gibson, officially launched South Tyneside's celebration of Blue Monday in the People's Cafe. This was also an opportunity to re-launch the People's Cafe which had just finished its 6 month pilot and is now being co-ordinated by Tyneside Mind.  

Click here to read the full report!

The Sunderland Wellbeing Network

Sunderland Wellbeing Network is a small friendly group of people helping you to increase and maintain your sense of health, wellbeing and happiness.

There will be no further network events; however we are currently planning our joint network ‘Celebration’ event which will take place on the 8th July 2015 (9.30-1pm) – Bede Tower, Burdon Road, Sunderland. To book your place please click here

Download the latest edition of the Newsletter here!

A Walk in The Park!

The latest Sunderland Wellbeing Network event took place at Barnes Park and was themed ‘Take Notice’ - one of our 5 a Day for Health and Happiness.   36 people attended the event and Suzanne from Sunderland City Council kindly came along and took those who attended on a guided walk through the park, highlighting its history and points of interest. The walk was followed by free refreshments at the Coach House Café and a group photo.

Here is some of the feedback the Network received about the event:

"I found the walk very energising.  I have never visited Barnes Park before, but I will definitely come back with the family.  It's so beautiful!"  Lyndsay Gibson

"It has been a wonderful experience.  I drive past the park every day and didn't realise it was here and was as well developed.  I will bring my children here to enjoy it!"  Francis Volunteer Mentor 

Chilly Coastal Walk
The picture below has been adapted from photos taken by a Washington Mind volunteer, Doug, who joined the Sunderland Wellbeing Network on their coastal walk on
16th April 2014.

Message in a Bottle

Members of the Sunderland City Council Public Health Team, Washington Mind staff, Turning Point,  and local Councilors took part in this year's Boxing Day Dip on Seaburn beach to raise awareness for dry January and raise funds for The Sunderland Wellbeing Network.

The aim of the Dry January Campaign is to start a new conversation about alcohol - The challenge is to go booze free for 31 days in January 2014.

It’s a chance to lose weight, feel better, save money and make a difference. 
Click here for more information! http://www.dryjanuary.org.uk/

Believe it or not, it really wasn’t that bad!  We were spurred on by a massive crowd, who had turned out to support their friends and relatives who were taking part.  The atmosphere was amazing and has helped us make the decision to do it again next year. 

We raised a grant total of £765.50 whoo hoo!!! 20% of this will go to the Sunderland Lions club who organise the dip and the rest will be awarded to Sunderland Wellbeing network which £612.40.  This will be used for engagement events across the city to tackle health inequalities.

Christmas 2013
On the 11th December, the Sunderland Wellbeing and Men’s Health Networks hosted their annual Christmas Get Together! The atmosphere was warm, friendly and relaxed and over 30 people came along to join in.

Throughout the afternoon those present were invited to join in with Christmas celebrations including carol singing, mince pies and even Santa took time out of his busy schedule to come and visit! There was also a fun Christmas quiz and a Mars Bars game which went down very well with the attendees!






During a recent meeting Laura from the Sunderand Wellness Team spoke about the Sunderland Your Wellness Guide and Your Wellness Services - Click here to access a copy!

Click here to access the Sunderland Wellbeing and Men's Health Network joint report 2013/2014

Some of the pics from our photo gallery!

Wellbeing Roadshows - Look out for a Sunderland Wellbeing Network Roadshow in your local area.  Representatives from the Network will be bringing wellbeing information out into the community!

For further information please contact Washington Mind on 0191 417 8043.

Sunderland Men's Health Network

Since April 2014 the Sunderland Mens Health Network steering group agreed to take a different approach in the way the Mens Health Network is delivered in Sunderland to ensure keys messages reach a bigger audience to address men’s health inequalities.



To book your place at the event on 8th July 2015 - click here!

 Getting the Messages Out and About!
To get important health messages out to men in the to local communities of Sunderland the Sunderland Men’s Health Network has created cartoon personas of a healthy and an unhealthy man to highlight its work.

Watch these two videos to find out more!

Alreet Man has stopped smoking, cut down on his drinking, exercises and visits his doctor. 

But Ha’way Man is failing in his battle against the bad habits which can lead to cancers, heart disease and emotional ill-health.

Download the information leaflet here!

Read an article from the Washington Star here!

Network News
In this section you will be able to read the most recent newsletter from the networks. 

Promotional Materials

Please find below a link to a promotional postcard that is used to advertise both the Sunderland Wellbeing Network and Men's Health Network and where to find further information.

Promotional postcard

For further information either contact 0191 4178043 or menshealth@wellbeinginfo.org


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