All Right? Campaign update: July 2016
Where is the year going? June was a bit of a blur for the All Right? team – before we knew it our month-long campaign to encourage people to find their hidden strengths came and went. The busyness was worth it though, with nearly 5,000 people completing the 15 minute survey. For those of you who did it, we hope it helped you to find your spark and live brighter!
As you’ll see below, we’ve also been busy creating some awesome whānau focused resources. A big thanks to four awesome Ōtautahi whānau for helping us make it happen, and to Rehua Marae for allowing us to launch them at their Matariki celebrations earlier this month.
After what's been a hectic few months, we're now turning our attention to our next mini campaign - supporting Cantabrians to 'mind their head' so they can live a bit brighter. Stay tuned!
While busyness doesn’t always go hand-in-hand with success, last week we got some heartening news showing we’re on the right track. More on this below!
Kindness to the fore
Canterbury, you’re a kind, honest and humorous gem! 4,826 Cantabrians have discovered their hidden strengths as part of All Right?’s latest project since June.
The most common top strength for individuals to emerge so far is kindness - something that didn't surprise us. We have seen a lot of it in the support many of us are showing to those around us, through the quakes and all the stressors that have followed.
Check out the awesome strengths snapshot if you want to know more about Canterbury's strengths.
It's never too late to find your hidden strengths
Discovering your strengths, and finding ways to bring them to life, has been shown to lead to improved happiness, confidence and job performance.
We've all got strengths, and it’s never too late to discover yours!
Find out your strengths on the All Right? website.
Make your own poster if you and your team have completed the strengths quiz. This is guaranteed to brighten up any workspace - we'll even print and send a couple your way...
E iti noa ana nā te aroha: Small gifts given with love
All Right? has created two seasonally based resources full of activities whānau can do together to celebrate Matariki. Our new Matariki 2016-2017 calendar and a set of twenty related activity cards, celebrate the awesome, everyday things family can do together.
Vaea Hutchen (Ngāi Tahu, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou) from the All Right? team says it’s no coincidence that both resources focus on whānau as being central to wellbeing.
“When it comes to the wellbeing of our community, it all comes back to whānau. The resources are all about looking to strengthen the everyday magic that happens within the whānau,” says Vaea.
Traditional Maori values are woven throughout all the activities. “Even really simple things like making a guest a cup of tea is a really important way of showing manaakitanga. People will quickly find that by showing kindness, they’ll more than get it back.”
There’s also a focus on helping whānau connect with the natural environment and sacred places. For instance activities include exploring Rāpaki, finding the home of Te Pōtiki Tautahi, and discovering Oruapaeroa (Travis Wetlands).
You can view all the activities or order the calendar from the All Right? website. Hard copies of the activity cards will be available within the next few weeks.
Making an impact!
Our most recent evaluation findings show 76% of people in Christchurch are aware of the All Right? campaign, up from 69% in July 2015.
The phone survey of nearly 500 people took place between 25th June and 4th July. Three out of every four people spoken to were aware of our campaign, and of these:
- 87% considered All Right? messages to be helpful
- 72% said All Right? gave them ideas of things they can do to help themselves
- 42% said they’d done activities or things as a result the All Right? campaign’s messages
Overall we’re pretty stoked with the results! It’s great knowing that two out of every five people aware of the campaign are actually doing something about their wellbeing as a result of what we're doing. That’s some pretty awesome behaviour change!
Thank you so much for supporting us spread the word about wellbeing and All Right? - we couldn’t do it without you!
We’ll be at WORD Christchurch
WORD Christchurch is our biennial Writers and Readers Festival. An important focus for WORD is bringing our community together through stories.
A great example from this year’s programme is the Migrant Voices workshop, which All Right? is proud to be supporting. The 26th August workshop is a great opportunity to hear about people’s experiences since arriving in Christchurch, and how they came to be here.
Our very own Ciaran Fox will be featuring in the “How are we doing Christchurch?” panel discussion later that day.
Both sessions are free. People are encouraged to provide a koha at the Migrant Voice’s workshop - all proceeds will go to the Canterbury Refugee Council.
All Right? was a finalist in this year’s Institute of Public Administration (IPANZ) awards, in the Excellence in Public Sector Engagement category.
The Awards are like the Oscars for the public sector, and while we would have loved the gong, we’re still pretty proud of ourselves for being one of four finalists.
Whoop, whoop... we’re getting published!
All Right? are also very proud to say that a journal article on the evaluation of the campaign as been accepted by the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion.
We’ll let you know when it’s published.
Until next time, ka kite anō
Noho ora mai rā,
The All Right? team.
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