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All Right? Campaign update: June 2016

Thursday, June 02, 2016   Posted in: Healthy Christchurch Notices By: Administrator With tags: mental health, mental wellbeing, newsletter, resilience, parenting, pacific

Kia ora

The days are getting shorter and colder but never fear… All Right? is launching a new campaign which will help you find your hidden strengths!

Find Your Spark is the first of four themes All Right? has developed as part of our drive to encourage Cantabrians to ‘Live Brighter’. It is about embracing who you are, knowing how you want to live and finding greater meaning in the things you do. In June we’ll be on a mission to find Canterbury’s hidden strengths and provide a winter wellbeing booster, as part of Find Your Spark.

As you'll see, we’ve also been flat tack on our parenting and Pacific campaigns, and are in the final stages of creating some new resources aimed at supporting whānau wellbeing. It’s busy but that’s the way we like it!

Thanks for being on this journey with us – it’s awesome knowing we have so many people supporting and backing what we’re doing. We love what you’re doing too!

Find your hidden strengths: Take the free quiz.

Search underway for Canterbury’s hidden strengths

All Right? is on a mission to help Cantabrians’ find their hidden strengths as part of our latest campaign.

We’ve all got strengths, it’s just a matter of recognising them and finding ways to build them into our lives and share them with other. Bringing your top strengths to life has been shown to lead to improved happiness, confidence and job performance.

We're working alongside American non-profit organisation the VIA Institute on Character to help Cantabrians’ find their hidden strengths. VIA has developed a 10-15 minute quiz that has been scientifically proven to identify character strengths. There are 24 strengths in total, including curiosity, creativity, teamwork, fairness and leadership.

We’re big fans of the VIA quiz because using it to discover your strengths, and then putting these into action, is proven to boost wellbeing.

We'd love your help!

It would be awesome if you could help us promote the benefits of doing the quiz:

  1. It’s good for you - it has been shown to lead to improved happiness, confidence and job performance. 
  2. It’s good for workplaces - finding opportunities for employees to develop their character strengths can result in happier, more productive staff.

With winter all but here there’s no better time to discover your strengths and start living brighter! Please spend 10-15 minutes doing the survey, and encourage those around you to as well!

Go to the All Right? website to do the VIA quiz and find your hidden strengths.

Find your hidden strengths: Take the free quiz.

Find your hidden strengths and win

Even though boosting your wellbeing is a reward in itself, All Right? is throwing in some additional sweeteners every week in June:

  1. Every person who completes the survey and shares their strengths on Facebook will go into the weekly draw to win a Pamper Pack from Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa. This is a mini-break in Hanmer Springs which includes a night’s accommodation, ½ hour in a private thermal pool (complete with complimentary use of the outdoor thermal pools), ½ sauna or steam (complete with complimentary use of the outdoor thermal pools) and a ½ hour massage at The Spa.
  2. Workplaces or groups who create a “Playing to our strengths” poster go into the weekly draw to win a morning tea shout courtesy of Cakes By Anna. (If there’s more than two of you doing the survey you can create your own personalised poster which lists each person’s top three strengths. All Right? will even print and post some to you).

Parenting posters available

In May All Right? launched a campaign that seeks to celebrate Mums and Dads, recognising that parenting is challenging but there’s no such thing as the perfect parent. It aims to:

  • Let parents know they’re doing a good job. 
  • Encourage what we call ‘ordinary magic’. 
  • Help people understand that they’re not alone.

The campaign is in response to research All Right? commissioned on Canterbury parents which showed that many are feeling tired and isolated. The research indicated that it can be difficult for parents to live up to the expectations they place upon themselves, and that in many cases parents are downplaying, or don’t seem to be noticing the great job they’re doing.

As part of this campaign we’ve created a series of eight A3 posters.
The posters are now available on our online resources shop - for free if you live in Canterbury!

We’d love your help getting these posters up all over town – if you have some space in a place that parents might see, please order some.

Get more information on All Right? and our parenting campaign, including other resources that are available.

Workshops celebrate Pacific culture 

It's all right to love your Pacific culture.The All Right? I am... Identity project celebrates identity and its importance to Pacific youth and their wellbeing. Many of you would have seen the posters that have been developed as part of the campaign.

A key aspect of the I am... Identity project were two workshops which further explored the concepts of identity and wellbeing.

In April a workshop was held involving thirty young Pacific women. A key theme to emerge was that young Pacific women in Canterbury can have very different views of ‘where they fit’ and ‘who they are,’ and these depend on a number of complex factors.

Earlier in May a conference was held which was attended by 60 Pacific women from all generations. There were three sessions:

  1. Leadership – in groups attendees talked about leadership from a Pacific woman's perspective, and reported this back to the wider group by doing a performance. 
  2. Culture and abuse – this session encouraged women to find their voice, identify those they could have safe conversations with, and learn about the services that can help. 
  3. Wellbeing – mums and daughters used their craft skills to create a wooden heart featuring a message about their relationship with each other.

Terisa Tagicakibau from the All Right? team says both events highlighted the importance of continuing to focus on developing a strong sense of Pacific culture that’s relevant to people born here and in the islands, and ensuring that family relationships remain strong even though people are busy and many family members may live elsewhere. 

Focusing on whānau wellbeing 

We’re currently creating a set of resources designed to provide activities whānau can do together. The resources are in response to focus groups that found the things whānau like to do most are things they can do together, as a family.

There will be two seasonally based resources:

  • 20 activity cards with ideas for whānau to do together (like connecting with older whānau members and discovering their stories, and exploring places around Otautahi), and
  • a calendar which will run from Matariki to Matariki.

We will have more on these resources in our next newsletter – stay tuned!

Autumn is one of our favourite things... 

With winter only a day away it’s not too late to take notice of autumn! Judging by our #BrighterAutumn competition, many Cantabrians have been busy admiring just how beautiful autumn can be.

A big big thanks to Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa and Hoyts Northlands for donating such awesome prizes.

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Our digest is different to the newsletter you're reading now, which goes to our very valued stakeholders. If getting two All Right? newsletters every month is one too many, feel free to unsubscribe from our digest, knowing that you'll continue to be kept up with the play through our stakeholder newsletter.


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