Well Pool

Well Pool is a collaborative online mental health and well-being resource, that focuses on what keeps people well in Liverpool. It provides a space where people can contribute information and stories about places, activities and people that promote positive mental and physical well-being.

Coming Soon – A Well Pool Podcast

Plans are afoot for Well Pool to produce a pilot audio podcast before Christmas – hopefully as a learning exercise at our next Well Pool Workshop at Liverpool Central Library. This will be taking place on Monday, 19th November 2018 at 1.30 in Meeting Room 3. We would welcome suggestions for a name for…

Kindred Minds Buddy Scheme

  It seems that every day now, the press has headlined stories about the heartless shambles that is Universal Credit. Even the right-wing Tory supporting papers are finding it difficult to report positive news about Universal Credit. Just this week, the Daily Mirror carried this story about a 9 year old…

The Loneliness Experiment

Radio 4’s All in the Mind programme (available as a podcast here) recently ran a consultation on loneliness and has made a mini-series presenting ways suggested by the public to help deal with it, with presenter Claudia Hammond and psychologist Pamela Qualter. The suggestions will probably not surprise you, and a…

‘Game Over’ – Interview with the play’s author, David Bain

‘Game Over’ is a comedy musical that tackles the subject of suicide. With the play being performed at The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool on this coming Friday – 26th October, we are very grateful to the play’s author and director, David Bain, for taking the time to answer a few…

“Turmoil” and “Peaks and Troughs”

Here are two poems from a new poet to the WellPool blog and we have great pleasure in sharing her awesome talent with our readers. Let us introduce a very talented, young lady called Sarah Strutt whom we’re sure we’ll be hearing a lot more of in the future. We…

Kindred Minds Buddy Scheme – Call for Volunteers

A chaperone service for people with mental health problems needing moral/emotional support to attend DWP appointments, assessments, etc. I’m wearing two hats as I write this post. Firstly, as a Wellpool blogger and team member. And secondly, as Activity Coordinator for Kindred Minds. I learned yesterday that Advocacy Works is…

‘MindCare’ – An App for Monitoring AND Aiding Wellbeing

A while ago, I did some posts highlighting some great apps that are available for monitoring and enhancing wellbeing.  They are listed under Apps for well-being 1, Apps…2, Apps…3 and ThinkUp. Of course, technology moves on so fast, and new apps and approaches are developed regularly, so I thought it…

Pictures from the Photography I session on 29th August 2018

Last year, when we did our photography session at Liverpool Central Library, it was unfortunate that the roof, which offers some great views, was closed for maintenance. This year we were double-lucky. Not only was the roof open, but the weather was kind to us. Although when taking photos on…

The Bright Light – A Metaphor for Hope

Welcome to our latest team member, Jo Vick. Posting a poem for the first time. This is a tribute to service users and the support services they use. The bright light was calling, calling for a while But at the first callings, I could not even raise a smile I…

PSS Dutch Barn Grand Opening

Today saw the fruition of a fantastic joint project in the form of the official opening of PSS’s Dutch Barn in Garston. It is a great location also labelled during the project as the ‘wellbeing barn’. And it certainly is that. Apart from the odd Liverpool – London train passing…

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