Welcome to Issue #3 and wow, what an incredible response we’ve had to the content we shared in the previous issue. Thanks for your comments which are very much appreciated whilst this project develops and attempts to engage with the wider community.

In this issue, we talk a lot about Christmas; caring for those who are lonely or in poverty during what many of us assume is a celebratory time, buying less or more thoughtful stuff and managing our digestive system as we tuck into those rich treats.

Read what our positive lifestyle providers have been up to, explore what the new ‘cultural centre’ in Haverfordwest has to offer, plus we signpost you to festive events and fun experiences.

Again, we celebrate the good work happening in the West Wales community; helping the homeless, the disabled to surf, children in need through music and raising awareness of loneliness over the festive period.

New to Issue #3 is SMILE, a place for small discoveries to lighten your mood. Watch out for the launch of The Smile Files in the next issue; real life interviews about mental health with members from different sections of our community.

I’d love to hear what you think of what you’ve seen so far – email me to let me know.

Sal x

PS: Scroll down for continuous reading OR use the menu at the top to jump around  sections.

Sally Boyton – Editor

what's inside?

Community news

Updates on living well locally

Events

Upcoming activities

Food for thought

Tea break reads

Good work

Celebrating social impact in our community

Good stuff

Things we like that you might too

Smile

Random finds to lighten your mood

Providers

Positive lifestyle services

community news

updates on living well locally

St Davids Wellbeing unites with Menevia Spa

Good things are in store for the health conscious in St Davids as two of the city’s reputable wellbeing providers announce they will be merging in 2019. St Davids Wellbeing launched their Nun Street centre in April 2016, providing essential health and wellbeing services for the community and visitors to

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Narberth nursery leads the way for children’s wellbeing

Noah’s Ark Nursery in Narberth are committed to the well-being of children through training all of their staff in a yoga and well-being programme. Not only have staff trained, they’ve even given up their Sunday to do so! They completed several training programmes with Mini Me Yoga Wales, all CPD

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Riverside cultural centre to nurture Haverfordwest community

The newly built Riverside development in Haverfordwest invites members of the community to explore what’s on offer during it’s first week of opening, beginning Friday 7th December. The Western Telegraph recently published an exclusive insight to the interior of the new Riverside library in Haverfordwest. The £3 million development has

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events

upcoming activities

Riverside Opening Week Events

The Riverside Library and Cafe

HAVERFORDWEST

7-14 Dec

Ty Hafan Christmas Concert

National Trust

STACKPOLE

11 Dec

Fishguard Hard of Hearing Club Christmas Event

Sign and Share Club

FISHGUARD

12 Dec

A Christmas Ghost Story

Haverhub

HAVERFORDWEST

13 Dec

Ballroom, Latin & Salsa Christmas Dance Party

Guildhall Cardigan

CARDIGAN

14 dec

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

Picton Castle

HAVERFORDWEST

14 dec

Santa's Christmas Card Workshop

Tenby Museum & Art Gallery

TENBY

15 dec

Christmas Craft Market

Milford Waterfront

MILFORD HAVEN

15 dec

Tenby Christmas Market

De Valance Pavilion

TENBY

14 -16 dec

Festive Kitchen for Children

Love Nutritious Food

ST DAVIDS

15 dec

Memory Cafe Christmas Party

Picton Centre

HAVERFORDWEST

18 dec

Carols in the Courtyard

Penally Abbey Country House Hotel

PENALLY

23 dec

Mental Health First Aid Training

Andrew Dugmore

HAVERFORDWEST

10 & 11 jan

food for thought

tea break reads

Haywire hormones in sport

Celia Boothman, Kona-qualifier, Iron-Woman and mum of two provides triathlon coaching and nutrition services via LTR Coaching. LTR stands for ‘Love The Rain’,     “You need to love the rain, (pain and hard times) to really enjoy, and experience living,” says Celia. As an active triathlete, Celia blogs about

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Managing IBS this Christmas

Although the winter break brings lots of positives like good food and quality time with family, it also throws up some problems for those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Rich dinners, alcohol and stress at this time can all play havoc with digestion thus bringing on the likes of bloating,

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good work

celebrating social impact in our community

Gower surfer sets International standard for adaptive surfing

Ben Clifford, founder of the adaptive surfing initiative, Surfability UK CIC has received international recognition for his impressive work providing inclusive surfing experiences for people with disabilities and learning difficulties on The Gower, Swansea. We first discovered the project via this UNILAD film and following a brief chat with Ben

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Age UK campaigns against loneliness at Christmas time

ITV recently reported on research published by Age UK to launch their Christmas campaign about loneliness.   The short film to accompany this sends an important message to our community, helping us be more mindful of those around us (whatever their age) who may be finding life specifically difficult during

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good stuff

things we like that you might too

Healthy Living Hampers

If you’re still searching for a present your family and friends will thank you for, gift some positive lifestyle inspiration with a Healthy Living or Plastic Free Hamper from The Ark in Haverfordwest.

A spa experience for the shower

Two busy ladies spent some time working out how to make their ten minute shower experience more relaxing and the result was SHOBU, an easy-to-use, no-mess alternative to a bath bomb.

5 Amazing Self-Care Audiobooks

Discovered on Mind Body Green. "Whether you're looking for guidance, encouragement, or inspiration to welcome the new year with intention, or just a stress-busting book for the trip home over the holidays, queue up these captivating audiobooks that approach self-care and mindfulness through totally different lenses."

Catch It 'Mood Capture' App

Discovered on the NHS Digital Apps page and a subject covered by the BBC (children heading to apps to manage their mental health). "Catch It is for anyone who struggles with feelings like anxiety, depression, anger and confusion - it will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing."

smile

random finds to lighten your mood

90 Second Watch: Watch the full film here andIn addition to the world class cinematography from BBC Earth, watch how these Emperor penguins are practising for parenthood before they have an egg to look after. Beautiful.

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