Ways to Wellness

At Style Acre, we are in the business of caring and we really care about the mental and physical health of every person we support and all of our employees and volunteers. Leading a healthy lifestyle and the benefits that this can bring are key elements to a person’s overall happiness and wellbeing. Our Ways to Wellness Programme enables people to commit to improving their health and wellbeing.

Ways to Wellness and Covid-19

People with learning disabilities and autism are particularly vulnerable during this pandemic. We must ensure people are supported both emotionally and physically throughout – both right now and also as things progress. Longer term effects on the mental and physical wellbeing of people we support are starting to become apparent. It is essential that we now develop our Ways to Wellness Programme in light of Covid-19.

Developing the Ways to Wellness Programme

We are developing Ways to Wellness around four key Wellness Categories to help people improve their overall wellbeing by looking at their whole self within these fun and tangible areas.

Grow: by learning skills to develop as a person and enjoying therapeutic hobbies

Move: by getting active through sports, dance and other activities

Nourish: by caring for yourself and enjoying the benefits of a healthy lifestyle

Connect: by reaching out, giving back and working together to build and maintain relationships

Our Ways to Wellness theme for April 2021 is Bee Happy! Our Ways to Wellness Stars have come up with lots of fun activities to try – click on the activity pack to see them and join us for bee-themed growing, moving, nourishing and connecting!

Bee Happy Activity Pack April 2021

There are lots of things going on in these Categories!

What we are doing:

  • People are taking part in our challenge events and being supported to undertake daily exercise so they can keep moving and commit to goals to increase their activity levels.
  • We are buddying people up with volunteers so they can build a new friendship, feel more connected and more motivated to achieve their wellbeing goals.
  • People are taking part in healthy eating cooking sessions on Zoom and sharing healthy recipes and meal plans so they can keep their bodies well nourished.
  • Mindful moments, relaxation and emotional wellbeing are being promoted across the organisation so people can feel less anxious and improve their mental health.
  • People are taking part in remote courses and online activities  at home or in one of our community hubs so they can develop their skills and hobbies.
  • People are growing their own veg and sensory plants in their garden or their VegTrug so they can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening.
  • We are running monthly wellbeing themes and activity sessions so people can keep motivated and happy.

What we will do:

  • A new wildlife gardening project will help people learn about the benefits of nature while connecting with the environment.
  • Mental Health First Aid training will be introduced for staff so we can ensure the organisation is better equipped to support people and employees with their mental health needs.
  • Walking groups will be relaunched from our community hubs once restrictions ease so people can enjoy the benefits of getting moving with others.
  • Walk leader training will be re-introduced once restrictions ease so people can grow their skills and enjoy taking others for guided walks.
  • A monthly wellbeing awareness day will be introduced with Zoom and online activities so people can learn from others’ wellbeing success stories.

Helping people we support commit to improving their health

People we support can make commitments to improve their overall wellbeing. We will support people to achieve their goals wherever possible. The commitments should be measurable to keep track of progress along the way. We can also help people to buddy up to encourage and support each other on this journey. We welcome input from families to support these commitments.

Volunteer!

Join in with the fun! Become a Volunteer Wellbeing Buddy, join our Ways to Wellness Project Team or help out with events and activities. There are plenty of ways to get involved! Find out more information and apply here.