Local organisations and businesses join in the Year of Wellbeing

Around 50 local organisations and businesses have pledged to join Telford and Wrekin's Year of Wellbeing.

With many people feeling run down and in low mood following the Coronavirus Pandemic, Telford & Wrekin Council launched the Year of Wellbeing to boost people's wellbeing. 

The campaign aims to help people control how they feel with quick, simple tips anyone can practice in their everyday lives.

Over 2,600 residents have pledged to improve their wellbeing so far, with many reporting that they now feel healthier and happier.

Now Telford & Wrekin Council is asking businesses to join the campaign by pledging to improve their employees' wellbeing.

Cllr Kelly Middleton, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Public Health and Wellbeing, Equalities and Partnerships (Labour), said:

"The Year of Wellbeing campaign has now helped hundreds of people be happier and healthier.

“It has encouraged people to make time to go for regular walks, sleep better, connect with friends and family more often, and limit the use of social media.

"Thousands have made a pledge to improve their wellbeing online. In return, they receive an email each week with helpful advice and ideas to remind them to take time for themselves.

"We now want local organisations and businesses to join the campaign and encourage their employees' to make a wellbeing pledge.

"According to a poll by Mind, a mental health charity, the most stressful thoughts in people's minds relate to work. For this reason, it makes sense for organisations to make employee wellbeing central to what they do.

"As a council, we have joined the Year of Wellbeing campaign and are now calling on other organisations to do the same.”

Simon Whitehouse, Interim CEO Designate for the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care Board, said: 

“There are many quick and simple things we can do in our everyday lives that can help us feel healthier and happier.

“The Year of Wellbeing highlights these and encourages people to take time out for themselves, which is important for anyone to do in our modern and busy lives.

“We have also joined the Year of Wellbeing as an organisation and would encourage others to do so.”

Councillor Raj Mehta, (Labour) Chair of the Interfaith Council, said:

"People's wellbeing is a priority for us following the pandemic - that's why the Interfaith Council has joined the Year of Wellbeing.

"I would encourage the local community to join the campaign as we have seen lots of positive feedback from people who have made their pledge - it has made a difference."

Residents or businesses can sign up for the Year of Wellbeing for free at http://www.telford.gov.uk/wellbeing.