One of the Five Ways To Wellbeing is being generous. Giving can help you feel good, it helps you connect with other people, can enhance your self-worth and sense of purpose. Taking the smallest step counts, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word as you go about your day. Larger acts, such as volunteering for your college, club, society, local or national charity, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you meet new people and build new social networks.
A great example of giving during lockdown is from staff member Lauren, Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Lauren and her partner Steven responded to the urgent need for PPE in the local area. They purchased a 3D printer and set up a Facebook page, and 24 hours later, taken orders for over 350 face shields. The 1000th shield has now been sent out in the community, supporting local front-line workers. View the full news article about Lauren and how to donate.
- Take time to say thank you to someone for something they have done for you
- Ask people how they are, how they are feeling, and give time to really listen to their answer
- Contact a friend or family member who needs support or company
- Give your help to a colleague who needs it