Give: Six ways to wellbeing


Most people would agree that giving to others is a positive thing. Studies have also shown that doing good things can improve our wellbeing. 

Acts of kindness towards other people, or in our local community, can give us a sense of purpose and make us feel happier and more satisfied with life. Giving our time to others helps us develop relationships, which can also improve our wellbeing. 


Support to give in West Lothian  

Volunteering opportunities across West Lothian are listed on the Voluntary Sector Gateway website. 

Volunteering Scotland also has a range of opportunities for you to search in your local area. 

Community Link Volunteersoffer companionship, social interaction, practical help and information to support people in West Lothian. 

The School Bank West Lothian provides an opportunity to donate school uniforms, shoes, bags and school kit that are no longer needed, to help local families with the costs of the school day. 

The West Lothian Food Bank are always looking for donations of food and other support. 

Find out more about how you can recycle in West Lothian. 

Other resources to support give include: 

  • Hear about what other people have found helpful to improve their wellbeing by visiting Mind to Mind
  • Listen & Link is a West Lothian Council phoneline service for children, young people and families who have concerns for the mental wellbeing of a child or young person in their household. 
  • Text ‘Voice’ to 85258 24 hours a day if you need to speak with someone for additional support. 

Ideas to give! 

  • Try and do one kind thing every day 
  • Recycle your waste and give back to the environment 
  • Volunteer with a charity or local cause 

Take notice

Taking notice of our thoughts, emotions and surroundings is a great way to stay present and pay attention to our needs

Be active

Staying active is linked to both positive physical health and mental wellbeing

Keep learning

Learning new things is a good way to meet people and boost our self confidence

Financial wellbeing

Money worries, housing and employment can all affect our wellbeing

Connect

Connecting with the people around us is a great way to remind ourselves that we’re important and valued by others

The graphics on this page were created by Health in Mind. To learn more about what Health in Mind does, please visit: www.health-in-mind.org.uk.


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