Quiet Places For Unquiet Minds

A fantastic blog detailing the work of Simon and Rebecca, two volunteer artists who join us most Thursday’s at Watch. Each week, they come up with a different idea or project to get our members expressing themselves and thinking creatively.

We’re very grateful to have them around!

Guests at the Thursday Project on Zoom

Our weekly Thursday Project Zoom sessions are now into their 15th week. Over the course of that time, we’ve been lucky enough to be joined by a number of excellent speakers in our regular 30 minute guest slot.

Representatives from some fantastic organisations, such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Time For Change, Forefront Community Centre, the Good Things Foundation and Ark At Egwood, have all dropped in to inform our members of some of the brilliant opportunities that are available to them locally. We’ve also been joined by motivational speakers, authors and ‘laughter yoga’ specialists, who’ve offered up some invaluable wellbeing advice and techniques.

This past Thursday saw a visit from Simon and Rebecca of Somerset Art Works, who regularly drop by to give live art demonstrations and to set some fun creative projects for our group to complete. This week they tasked us with producing a portrait in pencil, a challenge that our members eagerly met!

We were also very pleased to welcome Dr Andrew Tressider, who had us out of our seats and limbering up, before delivering a fascinating and enlightening talk about health and self care.

Our guests have been many and varied, and all our members and staff would like to give a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has given up their time to keep us informed and entertained over the past four months!

– Here at Chard Watch, we are always looking out for interesting and informative guest speakers to come and talk during our Thursday Zoom sessions. If you you have a topic, organisation or event that you think might be beneficial to our members and are willing to come and share it with us, please contact Abby at gabriellewallbridge@watchproject.org.uk to exchange details.

Well Wessex

On Tuesday the 21st of January, the Well Wessex group of organisations hosted a networking day at the Rural Enterprise Center. Over 90 attendees from the voluntary sector and statutory sectors in Somerset attended.

Throughout the day we had a wide variety of speakers; Annie Maw (Lord Lieutenant of Somerset), Lucy Jones (Medical Herbalist) and Karen Prosser (Director at Somerset Partnership NHS). Finally, Vanessa Gordon reminded us of how we can promote good mental health in the workplace.

A particular highlight for most was hearing from members of groups founded by Creativity Works. The Writing Space and Keynsham Snap n Stroll explained what participating in their groups means for them. They provided fun filled and interesting activities throughout their discussion. 

During the breaks, there was plenty of chance to network with members of organisations both large and small in Somerset. All of the Well Wessex organisations were delighted with the outcome of the day and we hope to run a similar day again in the future. 

Mental Health Awareness Week

Join Chard Watch CIC in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24th of May.

This year’s theme is ‘kindness’. A single kind act, be it to ourselves or others, can lift spirits, ease loneliness, strengthen relationships and create a sense of belonging. Research has shown that kindness and our mental wellbeing are intrinsically linked.

Share your own experiences of kindness or your ideas for how we might build a kinder society online using #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Make It Click

Currently, over 7 million people in the UK are online but not getting enough from the internet, and aren’t improving their digital skills. Compared to people who are not online at all, they are more likely to be seeking work or in low-paid employment.

Make It Click aims to support people who often don’t receive support or fall through the gaps. They’re building people’s confidence, helping them learn new skills, and supporting them to achieve positive employment outcomes.

Click the image below to visit their site and access the useful resources that they have available.


Citizens Advice Covid-19 Videos

Some useful videos from our friends at Citizens Advice covering rights, options and choices regarding employment and benefits during the covid-19 pandemic. Click the image below to access.


Well Wessex Newsletter

Well Wessex has put together a new monthly newsletter containing all kinds of useful wellbeing advice. You can read it by clicking on the image below.

SSL Food and Temper Tantrums Course.

Live Naturally and SSL have teamed up to provide a free 2 hour course in which you will learn how Omega 3 can help your child have less temper tantrums.