Days 15 – 16 #5ways2wellbeing and a guest blog post from Richard Chester

Day 15 was spent at a local dementia conference packed full of research, projects and questions for the future. I have to say I was shattered by the end so decided to TAKE NOTICE and relax with some good food, a film and a cuddle from the bears.

Day 16 and I have come across two great items on the internet for KEEP LEARNING. If you listen to the fantabulous Chris Evans on Radio 2 as well, you’ll know he’s been promoting First Aid awareness most of this week. I’ve just downloaded the free British Red Cross First Aid app to my phone for quick reference.

The second is this great little animation called ‘The Distracted Mind’ about why our brains just can’t cope with using our phones and driving.

Last, but by no means least a guest blog post by Richard Chester explaining just how he works the #5ways2wellbeing into his already packed schedule. Just as Richard says, I hope this spurs you on with your own 2014 challenges

Enjoy … and get involved by using the #5ways2wellbeing hashtag on Twitter and telling us what you’re up to.

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My name is Richard Chester and I am the Head of Patient Experience at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, my role involves a lot of sitting down in meetings with patients and carers or at a computer writing reports, I also spend a lot of time in my car driving.

I enjoy setting myself active challenges and then training to achieve them, I don’t enjoy training for the sake of keeping fit!

In doing these challenges I am able to raise money for The Laura Centre a local charity which helps people to deal with family bereavement and continue with their own life after the death of someone close.

Previous challenges I have done include, running in relay the A470 from Llandudno to Cardiff, the Scotland Coast to Coast challenge and the London Marathon twice.

 Apart from keeping active and helping raise money for charity the amazing thing from these challenges has been to take notice of the beautiful countryside and in the case of the Marathon the wonderful atmosphere that goes with it.

My next challenges are to run the 68 miles of Hadrian’s Wall in two days this summer, train for Lands’ End to John O’Groats for next week and in the long term complete the Marathon des Sable a 158 mile run across the Sahara in six days.

Set yourself a challenge in 2014 and go for it.   

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About beautyandutilityarts

My name is Katherine Brown and I run Beauty and Utility Arts, an Arts and Health project management service. I have over a decade of experience working with vulnerable groups and individuals in roles including support worker, Supported Employment Advisor and Community Fundraiser for The Midlands. Now, I manage a range of Arts and Health projects involving carers, people using mental health and learning disability services and the over 50′s. I specialise in developing ideas, fundraising, full project management, consultation, workshop provision, sourcing artists, Social Enterprise, event planning, SROI and exploring sustainability options. Since beginning Beauty and Utility Arts in January 2010 I have worked on a range of projects including comedy workshops, placing public art into health centres, setting up a Social Enterprise, project managing Showcase Smoothie, developing mental health walking projects and running arts based reminiscence workshops for the over 50′s, all of which is detailed in my blog (www.beautyandutilityarts.com)
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