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West Wellbeing Suicide Prevention

West Wellbeing are a suicide prevention & intervention charity operating in Belfast, providing care and support to those affected by poor mental health.   Services

West Armagh Consortium

West Armagh Consortium are an umbrella group for community based support and activities in Armagh.   Services Cultural Festivals Promotion of the Irish Language Armagh

Angel Eyes NI

Angel Eyes NI is a charity supporting blind and visually impaired children and young people throughout Northern Ireland. We are a solution focussed charity. Our

Newry SureStart

Newry SureStart aims to provide a central point for children’s services/programmes within the area, providing FREE support to families from the antenatal stage to when

Things You Can Do As A Family

When you set time aside to enjoy as a family, not only do you benefit from close bonding time, but regular positive interactions produce a feel-good chemical in your brain, boosting everyone’s mood. Get inspired by our suggestion of fun activities you can do together.

TEXT: Spending time together. Quality not quantity: we might spend all day living in the same household, so make this time quality. Learn a new skill together: Think of baking, tennis, knitting, clay, pottery, gardening, growing herbs or painting. Get outside: you could go for walks, visit the local park, swim or get up to watch the sunrise. IMAGE: Family at dinner.

1. Enjoy food together

Planning an evening where you can cook together not only teaches children the skills for preparing food, but it finishes with a meal you can enjoy together. Maybe plan time for baking, where your family can look through recipes and vote for their favourite sweet treat to bake from scratch. Making pizzas is another fun way to spend in the kitchen, using bowls of different toppings so kids can create their favourite pizza.

2. Discover your family tree

Building your family tree is fun for all the family – close and extending! Set out the task of creating a digital or paper tree and then ask various family members about your family history and plot out what you find. You can also use the Internet to find out more about your family lineage.

3. Be there for others

Check in with how each person is feeling and motivate them to do the same for others. Encourage them to reach out to a neighbour or relative who may need some support by offering to clean their house, prepare food or spend some time with them.

4. Games night 

Everyone loves a game night. Old school board games never go out of style and they’re a great way to connect as a family. From Monopoly to Charades, there are a vast range of options to suit all tastes. Try doing a monthly games night and introduce new games each time. Let one family member make a selection at a time, so everyone gets to play their favourite game. A fun idea for games night is introducing a small prize for the winner.

5. Movie night

Spend a cosy night watching a movie together. You can each vote on the movie you want to watch and include healthy snacks to enjoy with it, such as microwave popcorn or fruit bowls.

6. Get outside in nature 

There are many benefits to our wellbeing when we get out and into nature, but doing it as a family is even better. Together, you could visit a local park for a picnic or visit a forest for a walk. You could try something more adventurous, like stand-up paddle boarding or swimming. Check out some local organisations for more ideas of outdoor activities for all the family.

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