19 October 2021

The People's Conference: An Opportunity to Share Stories and Support on Wellbeing

The first Wellbeing Forum Conference since 2019 is being held at Whitehaven Golf Club.


By Jessica Leary, Westlakes Recruit 

West Cumbria’s Wellbeing Forum will host its Wellbeing Conference on Thursday 28th October 2021 at Whitehaven Golf Club, for the first time in two years.


This year’s conference has been named ‘The People’s Conference’, following 18 months of lockdown.


The event will focus on bringing people together after the Coronavirus pandemic, which has left a lasting affect for many of us from the devasting loss of life, experiences of loneliness and anxieties for the economic difficulties which lie ahead.


AKT Productions, Groundwork, Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service and Together We will offer guest speeches, covering interactive role play, personal accounts, the importance of emotional and social intelligence and mindfulness.


Gary McKee, local runner of 110 marathons in 110 days, will also be present as a guest speaker, reflecting on his personal experiences.


Organisations amongst the supporters for the event include Sellafield Ltd, Bechtel Cavendish Nuclear Solutions, Copeland Borough Council, Morgan Sindall, Balfour Beatty and Jacobs.


Alan Rankin, from Sellafield Ltd, commented: “Sellafield Ltd are delighted to continue to support this brilliant event.


“After the last 18 months we have all been through, our mental health and wellbeing has never been so important.


“Events such as this, which bring together people, share resources and start great conversations, really show what can be done through the power of collaboration, being open and reaching out to each other.”


Terry Meighan, Deputy Delivery Director at BEPDT, also added: “In our personal and professional lives we don’t hesitate to take action when we are confronted by physical issues, but a wellbeing issue doesn’t always get the same response.


“To challenge ourselves to think differently we need to talk about wellbeing more, we need to share examples and hear from others on their experiences.


“The Wellbeing Conference allows just that, and the BEP Project is pleased to be able to support this annual event in promoting a focus on Wellbeing across family, friends, colleagues, and the community.”


The event theme for this year will focus on prioritising mental health through the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’, which include connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.  


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