Ivybridge Wellbeing
March 26, 2020

 

What would it be like to live in in a town where we had the time and energy to connect with friends, family and the wider community?

 

That’s the mission for the #ivybridgewellbeing experiment.

 

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A Project on Wellbeing

Since January 2020 Liz has been exploring mental wellbeing in Ivybridge – here is her summary on what she sees as the next steps in light of Covid-19.

Liz beside Ivybridge's iconic bridge

What is the history of the project?

Back in January I started a  three month experiment exploring wellbeing in Ivybridge (#ivybridgewellbeing). Nearly thirty people completed a questionnaire, I visited around twenty people in the community to ask them about wellbeing in their groups and clubs and engaged with dozens of people online.

I soon discovered are dozens of groups and societies that offer support in a variety of ways. You can meet some of those people on these podcast recordings, they’re very inspiring

A montage of some of the community groups in Ivybridge

Many people intuitively understand that wellbeing naturally arises when people gather, connect and settle in their minds.

The project was due to finish at the end of March – but in light of the Corona Virus it is set to continue and evolve. We’ll be developing some Community Wellbeing Listeners – would you like to be one of them?

The Biggest Challenge Since The War

We are living through unsettling and turbulent times. On March 25th it was reported that a quarter of the world was in lockdown.

As we experience huge changes to our way of life; individuals, families and communities rapidly adjust. We’re all trying to understand what our ‘new normal’ will be for the foreseeable future.

My community (Ivybridge and surrounding parishes) is a microcosm of what appears to be happening all over the world. There is a mixture of disbelief, insecurity and fear for the future. But people are also reaching out and connecting as neighbours and communities identify and support the vulnerable.

Liz out with neighbours delivering leaflets

Out checking on vulnerable neighbours (before the physical distancing measures introduced)

The Covid-19 pandemic acts like a magnifying glass on human nature. At one end of the spectrum we are witnessing extraordinary acts of kindness at the other end of the spectrum we see fearful acts of insecurity.

What Is Needed?

As we all re-adjust in these early stages we need to respond on a practical level to support our key workers, adhere to the government’s rules and take the pressure off the health service as best we can.

However, as well as the practical element there is also a growing awareness of the mental wellbeing issues that are starting to emerge.

The new measures on social distancing and self-isolation are either:

  • Bringing together people and families in close proximity under one roof for much longer periods of time than usual
  • Self-isolating the vulnerable in society. In some cases this means their homes have become a prison

The Mental-Health Powder-Keg

Ivybridge main street

There are fears amongst mental health professionals of an escalation in mental health issues. It’s likely that some people will struggle with enforced isolation which might lead to emotional instability.

Others might find themselves lost in a world of fear as they absorb the 24/7 frightening news’ stories of the virus.

Some busy people will suddenly find themselves with little to do and nowhere to go – they will have lost their jobs, money and direction.

There will be key workers who will be working flat out and feeling mentally and physically exhausted.

For many there will be uncertainty about the health of relatives, family members, paying the bills, feeding the family and keeping well.

Added to all of this our freedom and our ability to freely access hobbies, leisure activities and exercise has been taken away.

It’s easy to see how mental health issues might suddenly escalate and erupt.

However, it doesn’t have to be like that. There is the possibility of building into our communities a pressure valve. This pressure valve can release the emotional insecurity as it builds.

What do I mean by a pressure valve?

This pressure valve will utilise the natural capacity in people to connect, empathise and listen to each other.

Would You Like To Be a Wellbeing Listener?
Here at the Inner Compass, we help people to connect with their natural mental-health balancing system.

Wellbeing Listener

There is a very simple way of supporting mental health. We help people see two things.

  • Firstly – wellbeing and resilience is built in to the system
  • Secondly – wellbeing and resilience can get clouded by thoughts, feelings and moods but wellbeing and resilience can never be broken.

It is very empowering to realise that wellbeing is not the outcome of doing something. Wellbeing is the settled core of who we truly are.

Wellbeing Listener Training

We would like to build a group of Wellbeing Listeners in Ivybridge. Would you like to become a Wellbeing listener?

This training is ideal if you would like to learn how to:

  • Listen out for wellbeing in others
  • Help people see beyond the frightening stories they are telling themselves
  • Reconnect people to their in-built resilience

Sign up to our Wellbeing Listening programme. The introduction will be a 2-hour webinar (it’s free if you live in Ivybridge or the parishes of Harford, Cornwood, Ermington or Ugborough)

The full online programme is a month in duration and will also be free (if you live in Ivybridge or the parishes of Harford, Cornwood, Ermington or Ugborough) during the period of the Corona-Virus pandemic.

This training will help people to re-discover and the innate wellbeing in themselves and others. During the training you will learn that those who are feeling emotionally vulnerable in the community don’t need to be ‘fixed’. They just need to realise:

  1. They have a constant source of wellbeing
  2. They don’t need to believe the stories and thinking that can cloud their heads.

Want To Join Us?
Here at the Inner Compass we are bringing together members of the community to experience:

1. A free introduction to the Wellbeing Listening programme
2. The chance to become a Wellbeing Listener in the community through a longer one-month online course.

This training is perfect for:

  • Leaders of community groups
  • Teachers/educators
  • Parents supporting family members
  • Mental Health practitioners
  • Charity Workers
  • Public Service employees
  • Alternative Health practitioners
  • Therapists/counsellors/coaches

As a wellbeing listener you would then be able to connect with people in your community via the phone and support them during the weeks and months ahead.

Email Liz info@innercompassguide.com if you would like further information about the Wellbeing Listening programme.

What Next?

Please do sign up to our weekly update of what’s happening in the community of Ivybridge (and the parishes of Ugborough, Harford, Ermington and Cornwood.) SIGN UP HERE

You can read the report about the wellbeing survey in Ivybridge (and how it relates to Corona Virus) here.

Email Liz info@innercompassguide.com if you would like further information about the Wellbeing Listening programme.

You can meet some of the community leaders through this podcast series recorded before physical distancing was introduced

 

1 Comment

  1. Wendy Davey

    Dear Liz
    Can I sign up to this please? How much will it cost? It will be useful for me on my learning journey, and particularly as it’s on-line in the current isolation climate.

    I have so much to learn, am reading/studying 3Ps books, listening to yourself and Stu and watching videos etc. Have my name down for Ottery St Mary (whenever it goes ahead).
    Best wishes, Wendy

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About Inner Compass

Liz Scott & Stu Newberry are trainers, coaches and speakers. They work with individuals and groups across the UK. They also help develop coaching cultures (founded on wellbeing) within schools and organisations.

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