The Spratton 5W2W Project 2020
The following steps have been researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation. They explain the potential benefits to everybody’s physical and mental health of ensuring we have opportunities to do the following in our everyday lives:
There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.
It’s clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.
Physical activity is proven to have mental and physical health benefits. Regular walking outside is a good way to increase activity levels and fitness, whilst also giving us opportunities to enjoy fresh air, connect with nature and take notice of our surrounding.
Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift older people out of depression. The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing. Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.
Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research. Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.
Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.
To promote positive health and wellbeing, we take ten (minutes) every day to learn strategies to help us to maintain good physical and mental health in addition to regular PE and PHSCE lessons.
This gives us all (children and staff) a toolkit of strategies to regularly top up our feel good factor and to call on when things get difficult and we need some resilience to help us through.
All classes have tried ‘zentangling’, which is a form of mindful art.
We take time out in regular 'Guided Meditation' sessions.
We are learning a variety of Breathing Practices.
Weekly Wellbeing Update
Lockdown lunches and meal plans
Change4Life have created recipes and shopping lists for families which can be used to create lunches for around £15 each week.
The School Nursing text service Chathealth will remain open over Christmas
You can send a text via ChatHealth for confidential and anonymous advice on all kinds of health issues, like emotional health, sexual health, healthy eating and any other general health concerns. This service is available for young people aged 11-19 and the parents or carers of primary age pupils.
There will be a school nurse on duty from 9am to 4pm each day, except weekends and bank holidays.
Just text 07507 329600 or go to https://www.nhft.nhs.uk/0-19 for more information about support available
The IAPT team (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) for Northampton and South Northants provide support for adults struggling with low mood, anxiety etc within Northamptonshire.
They are currently promoting their service at these very challenging times to ensure everyone knows that this service is available.
Parents/adults within Northamptonshire can self-refer either through
- Ringing – 03009991616
- Or online – www.nhft.nhs.uk/iapt
The following tweet has been tweeted this morning:
Service Six - Wellbeing and Happiness for Families
There are many wellbeing activities, guides and resources for children and families at
Wellbeing Activities and Resources
Wellbeing Services and Contacts