day 1- connect

Your health, your well-being challenge

During the 5 days of the Innovation Festival we are aiming to bring to light how acting upon the different 5 ways to wellbeing can improve our mental health and wellbeing. 

On Monday our activities encourage you to develop positive relationships and help you to Connect with others.

What is connecting and why is it important?

Connecting is a social thing; it’s about the act of engaging with other people and the social world around us – it’s a word used to say that two or more things relate to each other in some way. As social creatures, we naturally need a level of interaction with others and to be connected. Evidence has shown us that the social bonds that we build with others helps to provide us with a sense of belonging, the feeling of being valued and accepted, and can affirm our status and self-worth. Having positive connections with other people is good for our mental health and wellbeing, as it attends to these needs and our sense of self. Connecting is not only good for us because of the initial rewards it provides – but through connecting with others and building more meaningful relationships we can begin to create a network of people to turn to if we do experience difficult times in our lives. Having a strong social network and support system of people that are there to listen and offer support can help us move forward from negative experiences with greater ease.


Types of Connections – Types of Relationships

The ways that we are connected to others, and the types of relationships that we have, are often varied and diverse. For many of us, our most intimate connections are those with our family, close friends or a partner. However, not all connections and relationships need to be as intimate and offer the same things. In fact, many studies have shown that having a wide-social network made up of connections with all sorts of people, such as colleagues, peers, acquaintances, people that share similar interests, and the community where you live, offer their own distinctive benefits – such as feeling part of something wider than an immediate family or friendship group, sharing specific interests with like-minded individuals, and an awareness of shared values with others in the community where you live or involve yourself in. Because of the wealth of different benefits that different relationships offer, it is important to nurture all of them. Growing our social networks and making new friends can be an enriching experience, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to start and where to go to meet people with similar interests and values. 


Have a look at what’s on during Monday to support you Connecting with others, and reserve your place by emailing (places on some sessions are limited):

The Global Picture (all day, no booking required)

This team activity is designed to stimulate you connecting with people you don’t know and sharing a fun time with them. It is also about leadership, communication, entrepreneurial and creative mind and capture your ideas on film.  All you have to do is create a team of people that you’ve just connected with, and select TWO categories from the list and then take a ‘snap’ for each category.  

More details to follow shortly.


Volleyball (Monday – Thursday: 5.15pm – 6.15pm)

We have the net, so why not give it a go?

If you want to try something different, why not have some fun on the beach volleyball court. We are looking for teams of four to take part in daily events.  Volleyball is an exciting, competitive game that offers an amazing workout through aerobic exercise.  Other benefits include:

  • Improves coordination and balance
  • Improves mood, mental health, reduces stress, and helps self-esteem
  • Reduces risk of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease
  • Increases energy levels
  • Helps enhance the health of joints and bones

Teams of four can sign up by emailing


Pound Fit (5pm – 6pm)


Connect with the beat, in this full body cardio jam session inspired by the infectious, fun of drumming! Pound fuses cardio, Pilates and strength training, using Ripstix, lightly weighted exercise drum sticks, creating an empowering class to release your inner rock star! Physically connect with the rhythm, emotionally connect with your inner self and most importantly human connection - connect with others around you. Any age, any stage can come and experience the power of POUND.

Wear comfortable clothing and trainers or bare feet. Ripstix provided.

Connect over a Cone (lunch time, no booking required)

Connect with other event goers over an ice cream, or why not try something healthier and opt for a sorbet?

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Lunchtime Walk


Join our daily walking group to enjoy a short stroll through the local area whilst making new friends along the way. Research tells us that at least 30 mins of moderate exercise a day helps to reduce the risk of obesity in adults.  Regular walking also improves mood, reduces anxiety, aids sleep and improves self-image. You can sign up for the walk now.