How do I become a member of the Hounslow Wellbeing Network?
While the Wellbeing Network is designed specially to support people who have experienced mental health problems, anyone and everyone is invited to join. The Wellbeing Network is for anyone who wants to improve their health and wellbeing by connecting with – and getting involved in – the local community.
What will happen at the monthly ‘Let’s Connect’ meetings?
The ‘Let’s Connect’ meetings will take place once per month, and will run for four hours. This is really just about getting together and sharing ideas, thoughts and experiences. It might be that people would like to start a choir or a walking group, or perhaps have an interest or a skill that they would like to share with the group. Perhaps it could be that you have had a problem finding a particular thing you want to do or have nobody to go with. We will build our possibilities as we go, and will design and develop the meetings together in a social and friendly setting.
This meeting will also include speakers from groups/organisations providing a service or activity in Hounslow & a sandwich lunch is provided. All our meetings are very informal, refreshments are free and people are very friendly so they offer a good starting point for making new social connections.
What is Social Network Mapping?
The Hounslow Wellbeing Network uses a new technique which helps you to understand and improve your own social network. While technically called ‘Asset Mapping’, it is effectively about having a conversation to help someone map their current connections in their lives not only through their social networks of friends, family, acquaintances, practitioners and colleagues, but also their connection to places they regularly visit and the activities they routinely do.
How does it work?
By mapping out and understanding all of your social networks in this way, it visually puts you at the centre of your mental and physical health, and helps you to take control of your own life and make good choices.
Can I map my own network?
You can either do this yourself by downloading some of the mapping tools online, or you can meet with a wellbeing partner, who can help you to manage the process and put you in touch with local support groups and events.
Can children join the Wellbeing Network?
The Hounslow Wellbeing Network is only open to adults.