Nigel and Margaret felt that the concept of wellbeing offered something valuable, an idea which could positively influence policies and lifestyles, helping to ensure we live more sustainably within our planet’s natural limits. Satish shared their vision and endorsed it by becoming a NOW Trustee.
In its early years, the Network of Wellbeing focused its activities in Totnes, where it is based. Projects included:
In 2017, the Network of Wellbeing organised its first major national event, the Building Wellbeing Together weekend at Hawkwood College near Stroud. We also launched the Share Shed, one of the first libraries of things in the UK.
In 2019, we secured nearly £50,000 to convert the Share Shed to a mobile service and hosted another Building Wellbeing Together weekend.
The pandemic was a big shock to the Network of Wellbeing, as it was to many other organisations. We were forced to scrap plans for further events and close the Share Shed and Eden Rise. However, we expanded our online offer and used lockdown to oversee the conversion of the Share Shed to a mobile service which launched, serving four towns, in Spring 2021.