A new video-led service designed to improve people’s wellbeing has been launched by ForHousing in partnership with the Stockbridge Village community.
Tenants of the social landlord and others in the local community have been involved throughout the creation of the new video-based site, called WellSpace.
The website, launched during World Wellbeing Week, is tailored to help people with all aspects of their wellbeing, and showcases videos of people sharing their stories who either use or have seen the benefit of a particular service or issue.
The website also provides direct links to organisations that offer help and advice.
The service is community-driven, and features video clips delivered by members of the community that focus on different aspects of wellbeing – including finances, equality and inclusion, mental and physical health, the environment, and issues affecting the community.
Topics such as digital access, LGBTQ+ issues, green spaces, local events, youth clubs and arts and crafts will all be discussed.
ForHousing says it is passionate about promoting the wellbeing of tenants and improving lives, and this new initiative represents part of that wider commitment.
Government figures show that anxiety rose to an all-time high during the lockdown of 2020, while personal wellbeing scores and general happiness fell across the UK.
ForHousing says its new wellbeing service will help tenants find new ways to enjoy their community and to have the right tools to prioritise their wellbeing.
One person who spoke on camera for the new site is health and social care student Elliot Greco, aged 20 from Stockbridge Village.
Elliot is a youth mentor with Stockbridge Action Youth, which gives young people a platform to have their voices heard and tackle issues that matter to them in the community.
He said: “Stockbridge Action Youth has helped me improve my confidence, and it’s made my voice heard. And that’s coming from someone who has anxiety almost every day.”
Another participant is 71-year-old Stockbridge Village resident, a passionate volunteer who has given her time to the community for 20 years.
She runs activities for children and young people to enjoy in Littlewoods Forest, promoting its regeneration, running intergenerational tea parties, and delivering food parcels to people during the pandemic.
She said in her video clip for the site: “Since I started volunteering I’ve never looked back.
“There are lots of different things you can do, and it’s good for your mental and physical wellbeing. So what I’d say is get out there and volunteer.”
Martyn Hague, director of Neighbourhoods at ForHousing, said: “We want to work with tenants and communities to understand what they need and where they need extra support.
“We understand that it can be difficult for people to put their own wellbeing first, and that’s why we’re working in partnership to develop this tailored service to help tenants focus on the things that would make them feel better.
“It’s all part of our wider commitment to wellbeing, driven through our wellbeing strategy, which launched last year.
“The strategy is focused on ensuring people have stable homes, improved digital access, improved physical and mental health, keeping people connected, and providing opportunities for continual learning and increased prosperity.”
Tenants will be encouraged to share their own stories and sign up for filming with Frog Systems, a wellbeing tech start-up which specialises in visual storytelling and using the power of video to improve life outcomes.
Phil Worms, CEO of Frog Systems, said: “There can often be a disconnect between offering wellbeing support and that support being accepted and acted on by the people it is aimed at.
“ForHousing’s WellSpace is designed to bridge that gap, by encouraging tenants and their families to share their own experiences, take positive action and put good mental health and wellbeing for all at the heart of their community.”
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