Mindful Towns and Villages
What is a Mindful Town or Village?
South Norfolk and Broadland District Council is working with the NSFT Wellbeing Service, Thriving Workplaces and Evolve to become more 'Mindful Districts'.
The project offers free mental health education and awareness training to representatives of local businesses, community groups, or Town or Parish Councils so that they can become Wellbeing Champions.
The role of a Wellbeing Champion is to have open conversations about mental health in the community, recognise mental health issues and signpost to suitable support through the Councils' Help Hub and our partner organisations.
Wellbeing Champions also become part of our Wellbeing Network, receiving extra training and support from the Help Hub and other members of the network.
Communities that are interested in becoming a Mindful Town or Village should aim to create a network of champions, depending on the population of the town or village to achieve 'Mindful’ town or village status:
- large towns (+10,000) - 15+ champions
- medium towns (7,501-10,000) - 10+ champions
- small towns (5,001-7,500) - 8+ champions
- large villages (2,501-5,000) - 6+ champions
- small villages* (1,001-2,500) - 4+ champions
- small parishes (-1,000) - 2+ champions
If you have already completed mental health training elsewhere and would like to become a part of our Wellbeing Network, please send us your certificate with your consent to add you to the Network and your address to send a Wellbeing information pack.
Apply for Mindful Town or Village status
When the required number of individuals have completed the training in the area the town/village will receive window stickers to make residents aware where they can seek support. These can be displayed to show that the place is a safe place to talk and has a Wellbeing Champion for support.
A member of our team will also be in touch to discuss further support for the network.