What is wellbeing?
Wellbeing can mean different things to different people but it is generally defined as the state of being happy, healthy and secure. At an individual level, this might translate into having the support of people around you, feeling valued in your job and enjoying life where you live. At a community level, it might mean having a vibrant and flourishing local neighbourhood where people feel engaged with each other and their environment. At a national level, it can be used as an alternative measure to traditional economic statistics of how well a government is serving its people and to set goals for the future.
Why is it important?
As a society, it is only right that we should have a hand in our own future wellbeing – and that means getting involved with the things going on around us to shape how that future looks. But we can’t look at this from our own individual viewpoints alone – we have to recognise the impact of our lives and actions on others and on the planet itself. By joining together we can start to identify the things that are important to our communities and work out how we manage these for our future health, wealth and happiness - without negatively impacting others around the world.
What’s happening on the Isle of Man?
EcoVannin has arranged a series of workshops which will be hosted by Dr Larch Maxey of the Network of Wellbeing, an organisation which aims to promote a better understanding of wellbeing in society, along with Richard Dyer, Economics Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, who has delivered similar workshops across the UK.
The workshops will work with members of the local community to explore what wellbeing means for them and what things they may need to do or change to achieve the outcomes they identify.
The workshops, which are free to attend, all start at 6.30pm and take place as follows:
Ramsey Town Hall – Monday 22nd February
Douglas Town Hall – Tuesday 23rd February
Thie Rosien (old Southlands), Port Erin – Wednesday 24th February
Philip Christian Centre, Peel – Thursday 25th February
People of all ages and viewpoints are welcome. The workshops are interactive events and participants will be asked to discuss ideas in small groups.
To register your interest in attending a workshop please click here.
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