Five is a collection of activity that The Outsiders have been involved in to promote the Five Ways To Wellbeing, an evidence-based set of actions to boost emotional resilience, happiness and to encourage people to flourish.

The Outsiders offer:

  • Five Ways to Wellbeing training.
  • Five Ways to Wellbeing themed conferences.
  • Five Fest – a public wellbeing events or festival.
  • Five Ways to Wellbeing diary – A unique 12-week support plan for individuals developed by The Outsiders.

We also offer consultancy including:

  • Advice on using the Five Ways to Wellbeing in a wide variety of settings to benefit individuals and communities.
  • Advice on setting up wellbeing community groups.

Our Credentials

In October 2008 New Economics Foundation launched the Five Ways to Wellbeing as an evidence-based set of actions to boost emotional resilience, happiness and to encourage people to flourish. Shortly afterwards, Oz started working with The Foresight Project (Government Department for Science) who commissioned the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Foresight funded a pilot for a three-phase rollout of the Five Ways to Wellbeing in Norfolk.

As part of this process, Nick and Oz organised a Five Ways to Wellbeing Conference at Norwich City Football Club. After addresses from Nic Marks and Professor Felicia Huppert, the conference broke into five zones, each exploring one of the five actions: Connect; Be Active; Take Notice; keep Learning and Give. More than 350 people attended the conference, which was a catalyst for activity across the county.

The second phase of the roll-out was a series of Five Ways to Wellbeing training followed by the final phase, which was the original Five Fest. This was a festival with five events in different parts of Norfolk. At every event there were five zones, each relating to one of the five actions. Festival goers were encouraged to get a stamp from each zone proving they had visited: this enabled them to enter a free prize draw and gave us the opportunity to help them understand the concept through experiencing it for themselves.

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Nic Marks, the creator of the Five Ways to Wellbeing used Fitography as an example of a project incorporating the five actions in a talk at an international conference in 2014.


Five Ways to Wellbeing Diary

VAE Five Ways to Wellbeing Guide

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