A very warm welcome to the second digital issue of the Life Seeker newspaper. We received some lovely feedback on issue one which means we’re on the right track in terms of providing content you enjoy (we’ll be asking what YOU want to read in future issues).

This issue focuses on the great work happening in our community, including small businesses working towards zero waste products, stories of charitable achievements, events to inspire you to get out & try something new, plus articles on common wellbeing topics to give you some food for thought.

As stated last time, no more randomly searching the web and social media for ways to live well in West Wales – discover it one place on Life Seeker. Still many more features to come…

Whether you’re a Seeker who likes to digest positive news or a project/business owner who’d like to communicate with your audience via Life Seeker, 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 each section.

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 the community

Good stuff

Things we like that you might too

Providers

Positive lifestyle services

community news

updates on living well locally

Mental health first aid training

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Andrew Dugmore, national trainer for Wales in mental health first aid is running 2 day certified courses in West Wales. 

The importance of attuning ourselves to others and how they are dealing with life is crucial as Andrew explains below,

“Although many people are first aid trained in most settings it is likely you will come across more mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, stress and misuse of alcohol/drugs than you would First Aid.

Therefore, having the training to deal with Mental Health issues as they appear helps you to understand, support and provide assistance to those who need it.”

Courses are running on 26/27th Nov in Llanelli and 10th/11th January in Haverfordwest.

Zero waste scoop & weigh health foods at The Ark

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The Ark health food store in Haverfordwest have expanded their scoop & weigh containers to include quinoa, couscous, lentils, pasta, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and snacks in addition to their popular stocks of cereals and rice.

They’ve also launched a ‘tea shop’, selling quality loose leaf teas from independent Welsh businesses.

Environmentally conscious customers can shop plastic-free by taking their own containers or use their cellulose film bags made from sustainably harvested renewable wood pulp (100% compostable and marine degradable).

The Ark store is also home to a huge range of natural health foods including nutritional supplements and natural home brewing.  Pop in when you’re passing.

Largest drawing project exhibits at National Museum Wales

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The Drawn Together project exhibited thousands of drawings created by the community of Wales at the National Museum in Cardiff last month. 

The project invited thousands of residents and visitors to make their mark by taking time out to draw what they saw. Workshops delivered across the country inspired individuals to draw Wales through their own eyes and upload their finished creations to a digital map. 

The process encouraged the community to stop and connect with the world around them, enabling them to take more notice, feel more appreciative and inspired to make change.

Thanks to those of you who contributed to the map from our workshop at Daisybus Gardens… wonder if you can spot any of our drawings in Cardiff?!

Awards, bow ties and 1st birthday celebrations for Spiffy

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Shaun and Paul, chief happiness makers from Spiffy in Carmarthen celebrated their first year in business with a double whammy last month. Not only were they selected as one of just 100 small businesses in the UK to represent Small Business Saturday, they were also shortlisted for the Retail Start-up Business of the year in the Wales Start-up Awards!

Like us, these bright faced boys (men!) are passionate about inspiring people to manage their mental health and are doing a fabulous job of offering a ‘helping hand to happiness’ for the West Wales community. 

The Christmas Store (yep, we said it!) is now open at Spiffy – if you haven’t stepped inside their Carmarthen shop already, do it soon to ‘feel the cheer’ in person. 

Keep smiling boys, we love your work!

Start your day with a smile – Get Spiffy’s
FREE 7 DAYS TO A HAPPIER LIFE e-Course!

'Tweenies' launches to reduce stress and anxiety in pre-teens

The team at Mini Me Yoga have launched ‘Tweenies’, a wellbeing programme aimed at 9-15year olds teaching them skills and techniques to de-stress, reduce anxiety and support their emotional and physical well being. 

This programme can be also be accessed in West Wales.

In addition to this, Vicky has been busy delivering a range of yoga and wellbeing for children courses to teachers and parents across England and Wales.

Contact  – Vicki Readings at Mini Me Yoga Wales for more information.

Organic salad harvest and Autumn craft activities in St Davids

Pippa and Gill have enjoyed a busy first Summer bringing together the joys of gardening, growing, accessing and eating fresh local foods from the Perennial Gardens & Cafe in St Davids.

Following a bumper crop from their polytunnel in September,  their locally stocked farm shop was filled with organic salad and stir-fry leaf mixes, sold in biodegradable paper and film bags (more good work on the mission to zero waste).

In addition (aligning with their sustainable ethos across the business), Perennial are hosting an event THIS WEEKEND to support local crafts people and artists – check out what’s happening at their Autumn Craft Weekend.

events

upcoming activities

Pathways Project Taster Day

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

ST DOGMAELS

TBC

Nourish Yourself Cookery Workshop

Love Nutritious Food

ST DAVIDS

10 nov

Autumn Craft Weekend

Perennial Gardens & Cafe

ST DAVIDS

10/11 nov

Stained Glass Art at Victorian Christmas Fair

Cariad Glass

HAVERFORDWEST

17/18 nov

Weekly Crochet Lessons

The Wool Shop

PEMBROKE DOCK

nov/dec

The Obstacles - what's stopping you getting on your mat?

Lisa Smith

ST DAVIDS

23 nov

Mental Health First Aid Training

Andrew Dugmore

LLANELLI

26 nov

Happy Cafe Gathering

Happy Cafe

CAFE MEDINA - NARBERTH

5 dec

Festive Kitchen for Children

Love Nutritious Food

ST DAVIDS

15 dec

food for thought

tea break reads

Books prescribed to help tackle dementia

A series of books have been launched to help fight against dementia in Wales.

Are people ditching gin for the gym?

Young people are drinking less, with a quarter of 16-25 year olds claiming to be teetotal.

Why diets don't work

What you eat is determined by so many factors that it needs a bit more thought than just blindly following a plan.

good work

celebrating social impact in the community

FRAME's Jenny Sims wins 2018 Leadership in Social Enterprise award

Congratulations to Jenny Sims, Founder and Managing Director of Pembrokeshire FRAME for winning the Leadership in Social Enterprise award. 

The Leading Wales Awards 2018 focused on individuals whose leadership is contributing to the delivery of the goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

Jenny shares her passion behind the good work she has championed to date.

“I became determined to find a solution to enable people to help themselves, challenging the perception that those suffering mental ill health are unemployable, which became a life time mission.”

Read more of Jenny’s leadership story and about the other winners below.

Pembrokeshire widow receives Pride of Britain award

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Emma Picton Jones, founder of the DJP Foundation joined many selfless others at London’s Pride of Britain Awards to receive a Special Recognition award for her work in mental health.

Emma was left widowed after her husband Dan took his own life as a result of severe depression and anxiety.

Fearing others in rural communities (specifically within agriculture) weren’t receiving the support they needed, Emma founded the DJP Foundation, providing a #sharetheload 24 hour support line and a funded counselling service for residents in Pembrokeshire.

Following great success in raising awareness and funds, the team are now recruiting paid counsellors across West Wales who can support their mission.

VC Gallery Breakfast Club fills the community with smiles

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As part of their ongoing work to support veterans and the wider community with their mental health, the VC Gallery hosts a weekly breakfast club with an open invite to anyone who feels they’d like to start the day with some good nutrition and banter.

Barry John, veteran and founder of the VC Gallery explains,

“We know having breakfast is important for physical health but it is also very important for mental health. Complex mental health conditions can see people issued with up to 8 different medications. Having breakfast is important for many reasons but taking some meds on an empty stomach can do further damage.

We welcome you to join us between 09.30 and 11 Friday’s every week even if it’s just for a coffee.”

The team encourage support from the community by inviting donations of breakfast items whenever possible (Scott Gregory from the Green Shed Cafe recently donated smoked salmon, cheese, breads, grapes, peppers and tomatoes which were greatly received).

Haverfordwest ladies provide human canvas for organ donation calendar

Give So Others Can Live Calendar - Belles Story - Haverfordwest Ladies Circle

Haverfordwest Ladies Circle have bared all to raise awareness of the need for more discussion on organ donation in the form of a Give So Others Can Live calendar.

In support of Pembrokeshire 10 year old Belle Curran who has instertitial lung disease and is on the emergency priority list for a double lung transplant at Great Ormond Street, members of the Circle including Belle’s mum (Stella) and godmother (Mandy) offered their bodies as a human canvas to model hand painted body art organs.

Mandy Stirling, chairman of Haverfordwest Ladies Circle is overwhelmed with the support they have received,

“Did you know that one person has the ability to save up to nine lives through organ donation? It’s incredible – recycling life.”

This campaign is in addition to an impressive £9,000 raised to date for Belle’s preferred charities, partaking in challenges such as Velothon Wales, Cardiff half marathon, an abseil challenge and the Butterfly Ball at Wolfscastle Country Hotel.

The calendar (£8) is now on sale from various outlets including Just Nice, Vincent Davies and Victoria Bookshop plus online on the link below.

Mental Health educators share the importance of connecting with nature

Community Interest Company Reconnect  have been sharing their knowledge with the West Wales community about an important link between spending time in nature and the physical benefits on our mental health.

The team have delivered courses throughout Pembrokeshire for individuals  interested in learning more about this connection, plus ‘train the trainer’ courses designed to empower, nurture and train a group of volunteers to become accredited nature connection activity leaders.

Participants undertake the course in the natural environment and learn about subjects such as the theory of wellbeing, peer support, art in nature, stigma, social inclusion and self-acceptance. They also develop practical skills such as basic survival, shelter building, mindfulness and woodland management.

Inviting the community to experience the ‘real world’ is not only crucial to nurture our personal wellbeing, but for our environmental awareness as a society so we continue to stay connected with reality. 

Thank you Reconnect for making such a powerful impact on our community.

4,000 knitted poppies adorn Haverfordwest for First World War centenery

poppies Haverfordwest - Remembrance Day
credit: Western Telegraph

Visitors to Haverfordwest town centre on Sun 11th November will be greeted with a vibrant sea of knitted poppies and other woolly creations as a sign of respect and remembrance to those who lost their lives in the First World War.

This is thanks to the good work of Haverfordwest Yarn Bombers, a group of 30-40 knitters aged 24 to 87 years who take pride in producing these wonderful works of art to light up the town.

Sally Williams, founder and coordinator of the group is delighted with the result of their latest yarn bomb, having taken 5 months to prepare,

“I would like to extend a huge thank you for all your fantastic comments, it makes all our work well worthwhile. We started this group over 3 years ago with the sole intention of making the town look nice and to put a smile on everyone’s faces. That I know we have achieved.”

After a well deserved rest, we look forward to seeing what the group has in store for us next – thank you all for injecting some happiness into our community.

good stuff

things we like that you might too

FREE Meditation Timer, Music + Talks

If you're interested in taking some quality time out and inquisitive about meditation as a way to 'be more present' in life, the Insight Timer app is a handy little tool to have by your side. Browse through thousands of guided meditations, inspirational talks or play around listening to different genres of relaxing music which are extremely nice to fall asleep to. For those who already meditate, there's an easy-to-programme meditation timer with customisable chimes and timings to suit your own practice. Available to download free from Android or IOS Stores.

Soul Manifestos & Pieces of Joy

A beautifully illustrated book from Pembrokeshire-based writer and therapist Steve Thorp. "Steve Thorp’s small, poetic essays are written against the backdrop of conflict in modern culture, politics, economics, ecology and psychology...they describe an alternative and grounded response to the material world, a way in which we might live our lives with depth and soul. This is a thought provoking collection and a whole-hearted approach to the crisis facing humans on earth." RECEIVE A FREE GIFT WITH EVERY ORDER IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER - a copy of 'Unpsychology 3 Childhood Edition' with beautiful writing and artwork by Ruth Thorp (www.ruththorpstudio.co.uk)

'New Things November' Calendar

Action for Happiness is AN inspirational movement working globally towards a happier and more caring society, where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others. Part of their work is to instigate action by inspiring you to make small changes to your lifestyle. Check out their 'New Things November' calendar for a bit of inspiration.

Pandamoshiums for Children

Pandamoshiums is part of a colourful series of children's books created by Pembrokeshire-based author, ex-teacher and counsellor Victoria Readings. Through brightly coloured and engaging graphics, this book explains our basic emotions to children; what they are, when we might feel them and how they may feel in our bodies, plus suggestions on techniques for self regulation. Available to buy on Amazon.

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