Boosting our mental wellbeing is high on the agenda for most of us.  We love to feel good about ourselves, and one of the best ways to enrich your own emotional and psychological health is to help improve the lives of others.

The Nga Ara Rima (Five Ways to Wellbeing) philosophy is a tried-and-tested framework for promoting your own mental wellbeing. The Five Ways encourage us to Connect; Give; Take Notice; Keep Learning; and Be Active. The principles of Nga Ara Rima can be introduced into your day-to-day life and you’ll soon start to see the beneficial effect on your psyche.

The Heretaunga Women’s Centre has launched a new community initiative called Random Acts of Community Kindness (RACK), designed to foster community spirit and intergenerational connections amongst the people of Hastings and the surrounding areas.

RACK projects will enable participants to develop relationships with, and respect for, people they might otherwise never have met, allowing them to feel good about themselves and helping others at the same time. We want to engender a spirit of reciprocity throughout the neighbourhood, empowering diverse cultures, backgrounds and circumstances to come together for the greater good.

We’re looking for people to join our steering committee to facilitate and coordinate projects around the community – from the small scale (like helping people pack groceries into their car) to district-wide initiatives that cover the whole city. Bring your experiences, stories and ideas to our dynamic group to spread the message around the community. We’re planning to create an ongoing conversation and we want your voice!

Get in touch with Dale or Michelle at the Heretaunga Women’s Centre for more information or to sign up now!