Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing

Ideas to help you Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing

Connect

Connect with the people around you. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Be Active

Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity that you enjoy.

Take Notice

Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate things.

Keep Learning

Don’t be afraid to try something new, rediscover an old hobby or sign up for a course. 

Give

Do something nice for a friend or stranger, thank someone, smile, volunteer or consider joining a community group.

Find ways to Take 5!

Take 5 steps to wellbeing, researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation, are 5 simple steps to maintain and improve your wellbeing. The internet is full of ideas and suggestions. To get you started we’ve created a quick list of different things you can try for each step which we will keep adding to, so check back every month to see what news ways you can add the five steps into your daily routine.

And remember, our list isn’t exhaustive – there’s so many ways out there to Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give – go ahead and look for the right ones for you.

Be Active

It might be as simple as going for a walk or phoning a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, or it could be more adventurous, like considering doing some volunteer work. We have compiled a list of websites below that can inspire you with suggestions to get you started.

Seamus Heaney Open Ground


Explore locations linking the landscape and the literature of Seamus Heaney. Venture out to Open Ground, a series of five locations which held great significance for Seamus Heaney. In each location, interpretation panels tell you about the places you’re visiting.
https://www.visitmidulster.com/things-to-do/arts-culture-and-heritage/seamus-heaney/seamus-heaney-open-ground

Giant Adventures series


Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has announced its eagerly awaited Giant Adventures series — a year-long programme of unforgettable visitor experiences featuring captivating folklore, breathtaking landscapes, and thrilling adventures.
https://www.newrymournedown.org/awe-inspiring-giant-adventures-return-to-newry-mourne-and-down

Apps 4 Healthcare NI


Searchable database for apps designed to meet healthcare needs including physical and mental fitness
https://apps4healthcareni.hscni.net/

The Conservation Volunteers


The Conservation Volunteers works to give everyone access to a good quality natural environment where biodiversity is enhanced. Volunteering opportunities are available in Northern Ireland.
https://www.tcv.org.uk/northernireland

Belfast Free Walking Tour


The free Belfast walking tour explores the history of the city and its people, visiting iconic landmarks. The tour will discuss Belfast's history, languages, culture, the 1798 rebellions, legends and folklore and much more.
https://visitbelfast.com/event/belfast-free-walking-tour/

Volunteer Ireland


There are lots of different ways to volunteer in Ireland. One of the most popular ways is with a local group or organisation. There are lots of organisations doing fantastic work in communities and they are looking for the support of volunteers. Check out all of the current opportunities near you now.
https://www.volunteer.ie/find-a-volunteer-role/

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon City Council Get Active Programme


Free online exercies, yoga and pilates session
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-CDnFgWhceUVp_HwOsXDuA

Diabetes information sessions at Bangor Live Well Hub


Diabetes UK is hosting information sessions on mental and physical health, diabetes awareness and nutritional support at the Bangor Live Well Hub. These will run from 10am until 11am on 12th September, 10th October, 14th November, 12th December, 9th January 2024 and 13th February 2024. For more information, contact:
mailto:NIvolunteering@Diabetes.org.uk

Move More Live More


Move More Live More is a one-stop spot to help older people to find online exercise programmes, suitable to do safely at home. Working in partnership with the Public Health Agency, Age NI and a panel of older people have road-tested and rated online physical activity programmes specifically aimed at meeting the needs of older people.
https://www.ageni.org/movemorelivemore

Belfast Learning Festival


The Belfast Learning Festival will run from Monday 22nd April to Saturday 27th April 2024. It features 120 free events and exhibitions across the city. The festival has a range of activities including cookery classes, including an age-friendly tea dance, creative writing groups, chess meet-up and much more. Please click here to access full schedule:
https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/festivaloflearning

NHS


Exercise programmes, tips and examples
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/

Newry, Mourne and Down family-friendly activities


Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has published a list of family activities and events.
https://www.visitmournemountains.co.uk/blog/read/2021/03/budget-family-friendly-things-to-do-b196

Ravine Training and Work Experience


Ravine offers 20 completely free and tailored work experience placements per year to young people, aged 18- 24, facing mental health challenges. Ravine provides a supportive learning environment and a placement, developing employability skills whilst focusing on the horticultural and conservational efforts of our project. For more information, visit
https://www.ravine-ni.com/training

Belfast Recovery College walking group and courses


There are a range of in-person and online mental health -related courses happening throughout March and April, including workshops on compassion fatigue, living with self harm and building self-esteem. A walking group beginning also begins on Friday 19th April at 1pm for six weeks. Full details are available at this link:
https://shorturl.at/des17

Colin Glen Mindfulness Trail


Based on the principles of mindfulness and Japanese shinrin-yoku (forest bathing), the trail wanders off the beaten track, meandering along the wooded banks of the Colin river to immerse you fully in the sights, sounds and smells of nature. For more information, visit.
https://belfasthills.org/visiting/colinglen/

Discover Northern Ireland


Official tourism website for Northern Ireland
https://discovernorthernireland.com/

ESC Films - Bringing the outside in


ESC Films have created a series of short movement sessions and relaxation practices to help older people look after themselves both physically and emotionally.
https://esc-film.com/bringing-the-outside-in/

Walk NI


A definitive guide to coastal, parkland, urban, riverside and forest trails and routes throughout Northern Ireland
https://walkni.com/

Older and Active Group


Forward South Partnership facilitates a weekly older and active group in Belvoir Community Hub every Friday, from noon to 1pm. Please contact Marie McGarry on communityhealth@forwardsouth.org or 07394569154 for further information.

Move with Mary


Age NI have teamed up with Lady Mary Peters to launch an exercise programme aimed specifically at keeping older people moving.
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/northern-ireland/information-advice/coronavirus-covid-19/movewithmary/

Wee Adventures


Wee Adventures is a digest of family activities and events across Northern Ireland. Wee Adventures is also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/p/weeadventurers-100083259126509/
https://www.weeadventurers.com/services-9

The Ireland Walking Guide


Ireland.com offers guidance, information and recommendation on walking and hiking in Ireland.
https://www.ireland.com/en-us/things-to-do/themes/walking/walking/

Mid Ulster Family Fun Days


Mid Ulster's Family Fun Days will run throughout the summer. These are an open park-style day and available activities include: Archery, Body Zorbs, Bouncy Castle, Bungee Trampoline, Climbing Wall, Fun Zorb, Llama Walking, Mini Quad Bikes, Paintball Target Shooting, Power Fan Drop, Quad Train, Pedal Boats & Rodeo Bull.
https://www.visitmidulster.com/whats-on/family-fun-days-p838561

Discover Ireland walking guides


Discover Ireland offers guidance, information and recommendation on walking and hiking in Ireland.
https://www.discoverireland.ie/things-to-do/walking-and-hiking

Take Notice

Giving yourself some time every day to take notice of the present – what is happening in the moment to yourself and the world around you. This helps to sharpen awareness and make more positive choices about life and how you approach situations. 

National Portrait Gallery


Hold Still: Portrait of a Nation - photography competition of life during Covid 19 pandemic plus virutal exhibitions
https://www.npg.org.uk/hold-still/

The People's Kitchen


The People's Kitchen in Belfast provides homeless outreach, hot food and drinks, food parcels and a connection hub at Writer’s Square every Friday and Saturday night from 7pm and 9pm. They are happy to hear from you about volunteering and donation opportunities.
https://peopleskitchenbelfast.org/contact/

Ravine Training and Work Experience


Ravine offers 20 completely free and tailored work experience placements per year to young people, aged 18- 24, facing mental health challenges. Ravine provides a supportive learning environment and a placement, developing employability skills whilst focusing on the horticultural and conservational efforts of our project. For more information, visit
https://www.ravine-ni.com/training

Natural History Museum


Take a virtual tour of the museum
https://www.nhm.ac.uk/

Edinburgh Zoo


Livecams allow you to watch livestreams of some of the zoo's most popular animals
https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/

Discover Ireland walking guides


Discover Ireland offers guidance, information and recommendation on walking and hiking in Ireland.
https://www.discoverireland.ie/things-to-do/walking-and-hiking

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History


Located on the site of a former barracks, the museum is home to two fascinating and completely diverse collections. Decorative arts encompasses silver, ceramics, glassware, furniture, clothing, jewellery and coins while the military history collection tells of Ireland’s military past. Admission is free.
https://www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Decorative-Arts-History/Visitor-Information/About-The-Museum

Enniskillen Castle


Explore Fermanagh's unique stories within the picturesque setting of Enniskillen Castle beside the River Erne.
https://www.enniskillencastle.co.uk/whats-on

Belfast Learning Festival


The Belfast Learning Festival will run from Monday 22nd April to Saturday 27th April 2024. It features 120 free events and exhibitions across the city. The festival has a range of activities including cookery classes, including an age-friendly tea dance, creative writing groups, chess meet-up and much more. Please click here to access full schedule:
https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/festivaloflearning

Belfast Free Walking Tour


The free Belfast walking tour explores the history of the city and its people, visiting iconic landmarks. The tour will discuss Belfast's history, languages, culture, the 1798 rebellions, legends and folklore and much more.
https://visitbelfast.com/event/belfast-free-walking-tour/

Yallaa educational and cultural programmes


Yallaa is offering a range of free educational and cultural programmes at 2 Royal Avenue, Belfast. The programme includes Arabic Club for Children, Yallaa Fonoon Festival and more. Please click here to access the event poster with dates, times and contacts details for events.
https://forwardsouth-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/emily_brown_forwardsouth_org/EubOXM5L-xVAha1nqVkulpMBiGmD5nstYT-LSTPIuMjGVQ?e=CEcO1U

Giant Adventures series


Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has announced its eagerly awaited Giant Adventures series — a year-long programme of unforgettable visitor experiences featuring captivating folklore, breathtaking landscapes, and thrilling adventures.
https://www.newrymournedown.org/awe-inspiring-giant-adventures-return-to-newry-mourne-and-down

Ulster Museum exhibitions


The Ulster Museum is the home of Northern Ireland's treasures - past and present. Its rich collections of art, history and natural sciences take us on a journey across the globe and to the far reaches of space. The museum has re-opened and there are a number of fascinating exhibitions ongoing.
https://bit.ly/3AjL9G3

Little Inspirations Podcast - Apple


Little Inspirations is a new podcast hosted by journalist and screenwriter Declan Lawn. Throughout the series, he talks with guests about the things in our lives - some little, some big - that help to get us through difficult times, the things that inspire us. Little Inspirations is a new podcast from Inspire Wellbeing.
https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/little-inspirations/id1551194931

RSPB


Information on what you can see in nature week by week
https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/natures-calendar-home/

Living Life to the Full


AWARE NI are hosting a six-week face-to-face programme entitled Living Life to the Full. This training is designed to help people manage their feelings when stressed, worried or depressed. The course will also allow attendees to learn simple practical skills to help them cope with life’s challenges. Full details are available here: https://aware-ni.org/living-life-to-the-full Click here to register and see available dates -
https://aware-ni.org/booking-living-life-to-the-full/

Google 3D Animal View


Learn more about animals with the Google feature that shows 3D images
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDvviptz3XY

Wee Adventures


Wee Adventures is a digest of family activities and events across Northern Ireland. Wee Adventures is also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/p/weeadventurers-100083259126509/
https://www.weeadventurers.com/services-9

Louvre Museum Online Tours


Virtual tours of the Louvre Museum
https://www.louvre.fr/en/online-tours#virtual-tours

Volunteer Ireland


There are lots of different ways to volunteer in Ireland. One of the most popular ways is with a local group or organisation. There are lots of organisations doing fantastic work in communities and they are looking for the support of volunteers. Check out all of the current opportunities near you now.
https://www.volunteer.ie/find-a-volunteer-role/

Van Gogh


The Immersive Experience is a 360º digital art exhibition in Belfast that invites you to step into the universe of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. It is brought to Belfast by the organisers of a collection of widely successful exhibitions present in cities across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
https://vangoghexpo.com/belfast/#info

Discover Northern Ireland


Official tourism website for Northern Ireland
https://discovernorthernireland.com/

Colin Glen Mindfulness Trail


Based on the principles of mindfulness and Japanese shinrin-yoku (forest bathing), the trail wanders off the beaten track, meandering along the wooded banks of the Colin river to immerse you fully in the sights, sounds and smells of nature. For more information, visit
https://belfasthills.org/visiting/colinglen/

Belfast Recovery College walking group and courses


There are a range of in-person and online mental health -related courses happening throughout March and April, including workshops on compassion fatigue, living with self harm and building self-esteem. A walking group beginning also begins on Friday 19th April at 1pm for six weeks. Full details are available at this link:
https://shorturl.at/des17

Natural History Museum of Ireland


Ireland’s Natural History Museum is located in Dublin. It houses a wide-ranging and comprehensive zoological collection of more than 10,000 exhibits. Visitors can explore Irish mammals, birds, fish and insects, as well as mammals from around the world. Admission is free.
https://www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Natural-History

Scamwise NI Partnership


Make sure you are on your guard against scams currently taking place across Northern Ireland.
https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/scamwiseni

National Museums NI


National Museums NI are Northern Ireland's premier cultural, learning, and tourist destinations. The four museums are home to 1.4 million objects in the national collection.
https://www.nmni.com

Sounds of the Forest


Timber Festival are collecting the sounds of woodlands and forests from all around the world, creating a growing soundmap bringing together aural tones and textures from the world's woodlands.
https://timberfestival.org.uk/soundsoftheforest-soundmap/

Libraries NI events


Throughout the week, libraries across Northern Ireland play host to a number of free events, activities and courses, from IT skills classes to exhibitions, storytelling sessions for children and adult reading groups. Full details are available on the Libraries NI website.
https://www.librariesni.org.uk/events/

The Ireland Walking Guide


Ireland.com offers guidance, information and recommendation on walking and hiking in Ireland.
https://www.ireland.com/en-us/things-to-do/themes/walking/walking/

Aspire - Support for Young Men


Community Restorative Justice’s Aspire programme provides a one-to-one service for young men aged 16-30 focuses on encouragement and guidance around issues like emotional wellbeing, addiction and mental health. For more information, please contact Orla Pickering on 0737 918 6929 or e-mail:
mailto:op@crjireland.org

Little Inspirations Podcast - Spotify


Little Inspirations is a new podcast hosted by journalist and screenwriter Declan Lawn. Throughout the series, he talks with guests about the things in our lives - some little, some big - that help to get us through difficult times, the things that inspire us. Little Inspirations is a new podcast from Inspire Wellbeing.
https://open.spotify.com/show/4fKgmmqhcFbPTblN4IuOT6?si=7JNMFm1uQia5WIrUlg15pQ

Mauritshuis Virtual Tour


Take a virtual tour of the Mauritshuis
https://www.mauritshuis.nl/en/discover/mauritshuis-thuis/3d-tour-mauritshuis/

Walk NI


A definitive guide to coastal, parkland, urban, riverside and forest trails and routes throughout Northern Ireland
https://walkni.com/

The British Museum


Showcases the objects on display from across the world and throughout the ages
https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

Dublin Zoo


Livecams allow you to watch livestreams of some of the zoo's most popular animals
https://www.dublinzoo.ie/

Seamus Heaney Open Ground


Explore locations linking the landscape and the literature of Seamus Heaney. Venture out to Open Ground, a series of five locations which held great significance for Seamus Heaney. In each location, interpretation panels tell you about the places you’re visiting.
https://www.visitmidulster.com/things-to-do/arts-culture-and-heritage/seamus-heaney/seamus-heaney-open-ground

Explore Livecams


Explore.org is the world's leading live nature cam network and documentary film channel.
https://explore.org/livecams

The Wildlife Trust


Information and activities to enjoy wildlife and nature around us
https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/

Rijksmusuem From Home


Virtual tours of the Rijksmusuem
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/from-home

The MAC


The MAC arts hub in Belfast has re-opened to the public and will stage three new free exhibitions over the summer.
https://themaclive.com/exhibition/mac-gallery-booking1

ESC Films - Bringing the outside in


ESC Films have created a series of short movement sessions and relaxation practices to help older people look after themselves both physically and emotionally.
https://esc-film.com/bringing-the-outside-in/

Street Art in Belfast


Delve into Belfast's vibrant street art scene on a self-guided walking tour. Check out this round-up of some of the city's top works in this street art map and guide.
https://visitbelfast.com/article/virtual-street-art-tour/

Newry, Mourne and Down family-friendly activities


Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has published a list of family activities and events.
https://www.visitmournemountains.co.uk/blog/read/2021/03/budget-family-friendly-things-to-do-b196

National Museum of Country Life


This award-winning Museum Of Country Life in Mayo is home to the National Folklife Collection, which represents traditional life in Ireland throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Fascinating artefacts deal with domestic life, agriculture, fishing and hunting, clothing and textiles, furniture and fittings, trades and crafts, transport, sports and leisure, and religion.
https://www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Country-Life/Visitor-Information/About-The-Museum

Keep Learning

Taking opportunities to keep learning throughout our lives is known to boost self-esteem. It also helps us to make more social interactions, set goals and keep active. This does not have to mean educational learning necessarily, there are lots of way we can continue to learn new things.

Colin Glen Mindfulness Trail


Based on the principles of mindfulness and Japanese shinrin-yoku (forest bathing), the trail wanders off the beaten track, meandering along the wooded banks of the Colin river to immerse you fully in the sights, sounds and smells of nature. For more information, visit.
https://belfasthills.org/visiting/colinglen/

Ulster Museum exhibitions


The Ulster Museum is the home of Northern Ireland's treasures - past and present. Its rich collections of art, history and natural sciences take us on a journey across the globe and to the far reaches of space. The museum has re-opened and there are a number of fascinating exhibitions ongoing.
https://bit.ly/3AjL9G3

RNIB Talking Books


Free Talking Books and Braille services for visually impaired people
https://www.rnib.org.uk/books

TED Talks


TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in 100+ languages.
https://www.ted.com/talks

Shop, Cook and Save


The Public Health Dietitians Group Northern Ireland have recently launched a new video series “Shop, Cook and Save”. The aim of the video series is to show how you can eat well on a budget. Please click here to access the series of videos.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVutsY_gd5AaVh-a7xryPSQF-NlYFpQrW

Newry, Mourne and Down family-friendly activities


Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has published a list of family activities and events.
https://www.visitmournemountains.co.uk/blog/read/2021/03/budget-family-friendly-things-to-do-b196

Supporting Children's Mental Health


Together Twinkl and Inspire have teamed up to raise awareness and provide you with the tools and knowledge to support young people living with mental health difficulties.
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/blog/supporting-childrens-mental-health

Age UK - Digital Age Project


Support for learners and those helping others with their digital literacy - including using IT to connect with others
http://digital-age.org.uk/

Duo Lingo - Free language courses


Free languages courses.
https://www.duolingo.com/