our story

Life Seeker derived from a passion to help others live well amid the mayhem of modern society

Founded by Sally Boyton (read her story here), the Life Seeker hub has been developed with a bucketful of passion, months of determination plus 18 years of communications expertise to reach the community of west Wales.

“No one said it was going to be easy.”

Launching a new idea on the edge of west Wales isn’t easy. Not everyone can visualise a concept before it’s tangible. Yet we know the journey is a vital and exciting part of the adventure.

Here’s an insight to how we got here, including some of the things that helped us evolve:

responding to a need

Life Seeker was developed in response to the following:

  • Several countries are now measuring GDH (Gross Domestic Happiness) in addition to GDP to encompass the economic, social, environmental and cultural wellbeing of society as a whole.
  • Wales as a country has recognised the need to be working towards a healthier nation and is supporting this concept via the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
  • There is an abundance of positive lifestyle providers in west Wales who can help people to nurture their physical and mental wellbeing. Yet the community knows little about where and who they are.
  • A fun, consumer facing portal to educate and encourage people to take responsibility for their own wellbeing in west Wales didn’t exist before Life Seeker.

collaboration to create one voice

Phase One was to introduce the Life Seeker concept to independent wellbeing providers. Many were passionate to come on board as part of the bigger mission, to share one voice and the ‘Play Smart. Live Well’ message.

Somewere unsure about collaboration and how it would benefit them. Some felt the Life Seeker audience was too ‘local’. Some lacked confidence in a product they couldn’t yet see.

We continued on our mission to create west Wales’ first wellbeing hub with a small and passionate team of reputable positive lifestyle providers.

building awareness

We introduced the Life Seeker brand to the general public via printed media, social media and positive lifestyle events.

Initial feedback was fantastic. People wanted more. This motivated us to develop the project further.

joining a national wellbeing network

As well as following the work of psychologists and major bodies researching the science of happiness, we attended Network of Wellbeing’s ‘Building Wellbeing Together’ conference at Hawkwood College to take part in a discussion about how we, as independent projects can work in unison to support and promote the wellbeing message.

As a micro business, this connected us to the bigger picture in terms of doing ‘good work’ and we now align what we do with the key players in this network.

Network-of-Wellbeing
Image credit: Network of Wellbeing

social prescribing

Research proves that connecting people to activities encompassing the 5 Ways to Wellbeing (keep learning, take notice, be active, connect, give) has a positive impact on physical and mental wellbeing.

Several public bodies plus GP surgeries and health centres are starting to proactively prescribe social activity as an alternative to medication. This is fantastic progress and means Life Seeker can offer a useful resource to support people choosing to take this route to wellness in west Wales.

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inspiring visitors to live well

4.2 million people visited Pembrokeshire (1.9 million on a day trip) in 2011 with leisure being the core reason for visiting, specifically to experience the local environment and certain attractions.

We felt strongly that although west Wales is known for its ability to relax, rejuvenate and restore, this isn’t promoted nationally as well as other sectors such as outdoor adventure and heritage.

In response to this, we connected with Visit Wales, Visit Pembrokeshire and various holiday accommodation agents to promote Life Seeker activities as a potential ‘thing to do’ during a stay in west Wales.

making Life Seeker accessible long term

As Life Seeker doesn’t rely on funding to support it, we are passionate about maintaining its sustainability long term and are working with wellbeing practitioners to provide a cost effective and professional marketplace for them and for the community.

2018 will see more providers joining the hub, more educational content and a more diverse range of searchable activities on offer.

the present

So much has happened on the road to inspiring you to play smart and live well. And this is just the start. Positive collaboration is what’s needed rather than pockets of small providers working alone.

We are excitedly developing our network, our web platform and ways to communicate so we can reach every corner of the west Wales community.

The Life Seeker digital newspaper is also in the making.

Watch this space and do call us for a coffee if you’d like to join the mission.

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