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All is Well in the Village: A wellbeing workshop series for the Paekākāriki community

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Mā te rongo, ka mōhio,                     From listening comes knowledge,                 

Mā te mōhio, ka mārama,                 From knowledge comes understanding,

Mā te mārama, ka mātau,                From understanding comes wisdom,

Mā te mātau, ka ora.                        From wisdom comes wellbeing.

A well village is one in which individuals and whānau live and thrive

Appreciative of all the generous people and wonderful activities and initiatives in this village, workshop facilitator, Barry Taylor and Paekākāriki resident, thought about what he could offer to the life and wellbeing of Paekākāriki. The result is him offering these free wellbeing workshops for those who live in Paekākāriki. It is an opportunity for those in the village to understand more about what is required for us as individuals and whānau to live well and thrive. The workshops draw on the knowledge and insights gained from 35 years of Barry's professional life working in the fields of promoting wellbeing and suicide prevention at the local, national and international levels. 

Living and thriving – A well being, being well 3 workshops series - Paekākāriki Tennis Club Hall
Participants are encouraged to attend all three workshops but can choose to attend individual workshops.  There is a limit of 25 participants for the in-person workshops. Once the workshop is full and if there is sufficient interest then the workshops will be repeated in an online format.

Workshop 1:  Our Wellbeing is Our Wealth: Putting wellbeing at the heart of our living - Thursday 15 June, 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Unpack the buzzword – Wellbeing.  Differentiate the difference between a welfare approach (remedial), a wellness approach (skill enhancing) and a wellbeing approach (whole of person / whole of environment). Explore the six components of the Wheel Wellbeing and finally identify a series of wellbeing outcomes to apply to the development of a wellbeing plan

Workshop 2:  Action For Wellbeing: Doing things well so we can be well - Thursday 22 June, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Fill your kete with proven effective wellbeing outcomes on which to hang wellbeing activities

Workshop 3: It’s Bloody Tough at the Moment:  A wellbeing guide to living and navigating these challenging economic times - Thursday 29 June, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
We are hardwired to cope. So what are the dynamics when stress becomes distress or feelings of coping become feelings of be overwhelmed. Make sure your coping capability is functioning well by understanding what are the key skills for coping.

Barry Taylor - Internationally respected and Award Winning Suicide Prevention & Mental Wellbeing Practitioner 

Barry has worked in mental wellbeing promotion and suicide prevention/postvention for 35 years at the local, national and international levels.  His extensive experience includes sitting on state and national government advisory committees; designing, implementing and evaluating suicide prevention programs; writing suicide prevention guidelines, training packages and community resources; providing technical advice to community based and national mental wellbeing and suicide prevention programs. 

He has led multiple ‘firsts’ in mental wellbeing both in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas.  In recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention, he was awarded in 2016 the NSW Mental Health Commissioner's Community Champion Award.  He currently sits on the Health and Disability Ethics Committee as well as the International Advisory Group of Movember.

Barry has lectured on wellbeing both nationally and internationally and been appointed to numerous government advisory committees on mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.  He brings to this workshop extensive experience in advising communities and government on post-disaster recovery in terms of both mental wellbeing promotion / community resiliency and suicide prevention. 

As a Health Sociologist and Public Health practitioner, Barry has a long-term interest in the social and cultural determinants of wellbeing, especially the role of gender and he brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for promoting wellbeing in men. He has examined the impact of discrimination, internalised stigma, social exclusion or inclusion on mental wellbeing along with the role of human rights as an enabler of wellbeing.

He embraces a holistic understanding of wellbeing and has an interest in the role spirituality and ecology contributes to a person's wellbeing. He uses a population health and systems change approach, drawing on transformational change theory and collective impact.

After a number of years overseas, Barry is living back in New Zealand and is passionate about building the knowledge base, competence and capability within our country to promote well individuals, whānau, workplaces and communities and for the incorporation of wellbeing principles in public policy and social outcomes in agencies such as local government.

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