Local company teams up to help support Wellbeing project for schoolchildren

A project which gives schoolchildren the skills for life to look after their emotional wellbeing is celebrating the new school year with a boost from local company, Natures Way Foods.

The company has teamed up with Chichester District Council's Youth Engagement team to sponsor the successful Five Ways to Wellbeing project. This week the team started the new round of sessions at Medmerry Primary School in Selsey.

The project works with primary school classes and asks children to focus on five positive actions they can incorporate into their daily lives as individuals and also as part of their communities.

The five actions are:

  • Connect: encouraging children to strengthen and broaden their range of relationships and social networks. It encourages them to spend time with their friends and family whilst staying safe on the internet.

  • Be active: stresses that being active is for people of all ages and does not need to be intense physical activity. Being active can also encourage social interactions.

  • Keep learning: learning is for people of all ages and can involve absolutely anything.

  • Take notice: asks children to take time to stop, become aware of their surroundings and listen to their thoughts and feelings about them.

  • Give: focuses on how giving and receiving acts of kindness, whether small or large can make people feel happier and more satisfied about life.

The workshops are fun, but also a thought provoking way to build confidence, improve positivity and self-esteem. Activities such as brain aerobics help improve memory, further brain function, and concentration. Songs and dances improve co-ordination, team-work, and powerful relaxation. We also touch on internet safety and include a snack and chat session to explore healthy new tastes.

The project has been running for two years in the district's primary schools and so far has reached more than 600 children across 12 schools. New for this academic year, the Wellbeing team is planning to pilot Five Ways at a secondary school in the area in order to reach an older age group.

Stephanie Jones, Business Insight and Communications Manager, says: "Natures Way Foods have a thriving Community Programme and are proud to support local organisations that focus on Education, Sport and Healthy Living.  We feel that the Five Ways to Wellbeing scheme is a great link to our brand and strategy and more importantly will provide excellent support to pupils in school. We are delighted to partner with Chichester District Council's Five Ways to Wellbeing scheme and are pleased to support this proactive approach to wellbeing for children."

"I am very pleased that we will be working with Natures Way Foods on this very important project," says Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council. "Five Ways to Wellbeing shows children some essential ways to help them look after their emotional wellbeing both now and as they progress in their lives. Today's young people experience a variety of pressure, more than ever before, and as a society we are much more aware of how this affects our young people's wellbeing. Five Ways is about helping children learn how to approach life in general so that they can keep well."

Natures Way Foods also sponsors the Chichester Triathlon, which is offering all the children and teachers taking part in the Five Ways to Wellbeing scheme half price entry into next year's event.

Date of Release: 12 October 2017  

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