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Six Ways to Wellbeing Swale

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Six Ways to Wellbeing Swale is a new collaboration between Ideas Test and Swale Community and Voluntary Service.

Keep up to date with what’s happening on the project blog.

We are offering a free programme of taster sessions and workshops for young people 13-19 (25 SEN) in Swale aiming to improve their sense of wellbeing through film, dance, drama, writing and creative technology, working with some of the most exciting arts organisations in Kent and beyond.

A crowd-sourced well being poem has been launched with Dan Simpson, one of our workshop leaders. The result will be broadcast during a final performance at The Avenue Theatre in Sittingbourne on December 6, which will showcase what participants have done during this project.

The programme also makes it easy for participants to share skills, and to earn Arts Award, an accredited qualification which is an integral part of the programme offered by Ideas Test.


Join Codasign to make an interactive phone cover which lights up when your phone rings.

Saturday 22nd November Faversham http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beginning-soft-circuits-create-an-interactive-phone-tickets-13696906817?aff=eorg

Sittingbourne dates and location TBC, email cassy to sign up or express interest

Rochester Literature Festival

The Rochester LitFest offers you the chance to have fun with poetry and spoken word – both writing and performing – led by Canterbury Laureate, Dan Simpson. The sessions are taking place in mixed ability groups in Sittingbourne and Faversham, and all are welcome.

Register you interest by calling Cassy on 07713 865955 or email cassy


Ever wanted to write, direct, act or design a TV series? Live, Work or go to School/College in Swale? Aged 13-19? Then we’re looking for YOU! Working with Kent based Violafilms and some experienced industry professionals, these fun, exciting and hands on sessions, will give you the chance to learn some basic filmmaking skills and create a new Six Part Webseries ‘The Story of Six’ inspired by the Six Ways to Well Being.

Register you interest by calling Cassy on 07713 865955 or email cassy

Wide Eyed Theatre

Your ideas, performed from scratch –  Join our unique young persons performance group in which we create a story of people, place and events that make us happy and share them with the world. All the ideas come from you…

Register you interest by calling Cassy on 07713 865955 or email cassy

Jasmin Vardimon Company

The taster sessions will offer an insight to the work of Jasmin Vardimon Company and the choreographic and artist process of Jasmin Vardimon.  Through exploring elements of dance theatre, the workshops aim to develop participants’ dance and theatre skills by exploring company repertoire, creative tasks, and will explore the six ways to wellbeing through dance and physical theatre.

At West Faversham Youth Club on Friday evenings from Friday 24th October to 28th November 2014.

The Six Ways to Wellbeing are all about doing more of the things you enjoy, with research showing that this can help improve your moods, strengthen your relationships and even add seven years to your life! It can be something as small as having a dance around, meeting a new person or learning a new skill.

The Six Ways are:

  • Connect – with family, friends, colleagues, neighbours
  • Be active – walk, run, garden, dance
  • Take notice – be curious, reflect on experiences
  • Keep learning – try something new
  • Give – doing something for others
  • Grow your world – planet care for its sustainability

You can find Ideas Test, Swale CVS and Six Ways to Wellbeing on Twitter @IdeasTest @SwaleCVS and @liveitwelluk, all of whom will be tweeting about the project under #sixwaystowellbeing. Six Ways to Wellbeing is also on Facebook, please search for ‘liveitwellkent’.

Find out more about the Six Ways to Wellbeing at www.sixwaystowellbeing.org.uk.


This programme of arts events is being funded jointly by Kent County Council, Artswork and The Royal Opera House Bridge

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