The Network of Wellbeing
The Network of Wellbeing (NOW) is a small charity with big ambitions. Our mission is to build a collaborative network of people and organisations who share our holistic view and are committed to improving wellbeing and shifting public policy away from economic growth toward the improvement of wellbeing. Our vision is a world where everyone’s wellbeing needs are met within the planet’s natural limits. We believe that people's happiness depends in part on the health of the communities in which they live and work. This, in turn, depends on the fairness of society as a whole, and the long-term health of the natural world on which we all depend.
Totnes Community Potlucks
The Totnes Community Potluck was inspired by conversations between NOW and members of the local community in Totnes. People felt the community needed a friendly and accessible place to socialise on Friday evenings, where they could meet friends and connect with others, particularly if they had young children or couldn’t afford to go to restaurants.
The Network of Wellbeing’s response was to host a Community Potluck supper in 2013, which proved so popular it has been running as a monthly event ever since, on the third Friday of the month, at either the Civic Hall or Methodist Church Hall in Totnes.
The Community Potluck is simply a means by which people bring their favourite healthy dish and come together to share a meal and make connections with each other, thereby improving wellbeing, both for themselves and the wider community.
The feedback collected from attendees over the past few years has been really positive, attesting to the benefits people have received by attending. These centre around two key things: 1. meeting and talking to other people and 2. enjoying good food, both of which are known to contribute to health and wellbeing:
“I come to the Community Potlucks because I love to network and it helps me make new contacts.”
“I come to see friends and catch up on news.”
“It’s heart-warming to come and share food with folk.”
“I come to eat a variety of lovely food, to meet people and celebrate Friday.”
“Being part of a Potluck, you just need to bring food and it’s enough. There’s a radical aspect to the Potluck – it’s quite special.”
Crowdfunding Target: £2,200
After three years of hosting this event, NOW is raising funds to cover the costs of the Totnes Community Potlucks in 2017 and to help it become a sustainable event. The goal is to enable the local community to take on the running of the Totnes Community Potluck, so it fulfils its original ambition of being an event run for the community by the community.
The crowdfunding campaign seeks to raise £2,200 to cover costs which include hiring hall space, a Community Coordinator, basic provisions and promotional material.
Please support our campaign!
The Network of Wellbeing hopes people will give generously to help sustain the longevity of what has become a popular fixture in the Totnes calendar and a regular boost to community wellbeing. Please give at whatever level you feel able. We have got some lovely rewards as a thank you. Please note these are limited in number, so pledge early - once they are gone, they are gone!