Wellbeing Programme

2011-10-15 16.36.31Swindon Mind provides a programme of Wellbeing Coordination, supporting people when they need some extra help and working with our partners in the community, including LIFT Psychology and TWIGS and many more.



Five ways to wellbeing planning


People can self-refer to most of our services including our Wellbeing Planning.  Please download our Self Referral form and return to Swindon Mind at Sanford House.

We base our Wellbeing Plans on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which includes to connect, to take notice, to keep learning, to be active and to give.  Please see below for more information.

We offer one-to-one appointments for people to explore possible solutions to their emotional distress.  We use a solution focused approach which supports people to identify their own strengths and skills in order to aid their recovery.

Our Wellbeing Coordinators will support you through your recovery plans and monitor your progress at agreed informal and formal meetings.  In addition everyone is offered a Wellbeing Recovery Action Plan.

Wellbeing Workshops

We also offer small group sessions/workshops on different aspects of mental health, these include a 12 week rolling programme of small, relaxed workshops offering practical sessions to help maintain and improve day-to-day wellbeing. This session is run by Linda, Swindon Mind.

  • Self Esteem
  • Stress Solutions Parts 1 and 2
  • Relaxation
  • Motivation
  • Lifting Low Mood Parts 1 and 2
  • Relaxation
  • Improving Sleep
  • Mindfulness and Movement


Our Aims are:

  • To provide participants with the tools to identify their own strengths and skills
  • To support participants to produce their own Wellbeing Plans

We will do this by:

Introducing participants to a number of solution focused techniques, e.g. goal setting, finding solutions,  using the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

  • Using ‘Trac & Trap’ tool to support participants to write Recovery Plan
  • These small group sessions are provided every Wednesday at the Respite and Wellbeing House, Swindon.


Five Ways to Wellbeing

The following steps have been researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation.


There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.

It’s clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.

With this in mind, try to do something different today and make a connection.

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email
  • Speak to someone new
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
  • Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is
  • Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them.

Be active

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.

Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being.

But it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good – slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise.

Today, why not get physical? Here are a few ideas:

  • Take the stairs not the lift
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime
  • Walk into work – perhaps with a colleague – so you can ‘connect’ as well
  • Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey to work
  • Organise a work sporting activity
  • Have a kick-about in a local park
  • Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching, before you leave for work in the morning
  • Walk to someone’s desk instead of calling or emailing.

Take notice

Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness.

Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.

Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations.

Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas:

  • Get a plant for your workspace
  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  • Take notice of how your colleagues are feeling or acting
  • Take a different route on your journey to or from work
  • Visit a new place for lunch.


Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift older people out of depression.

The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.

Why not learn something new today? Here are a few more ideas:

  • Find out something about your colleagues
  • Sign up for a class
  • Read the news or a book
  • Set up a book club
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about
  • Learn a new word.


Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research.

Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.