We are a charity dedicated to creating experiences in, on or around blue spaces in the East Midlands. Blue spaces are areas that are close to water either inland or by the sea. Although the East Midlands is inland, there are many beautiful blue spaces - lakes, reservoirs, canals and rivers. Spending time by blue spaces on our doorstep can make us happier and healthier.
What we do?
Our aim is to help people improve their wellbeing by creatively developing activities that engage people in experiences. Helping people to find continued enjoyment in blue spaces as they move through life.
We are developing:
Resources where people can map their own local areas and realise opportunities to be active in blue spaces.
Resources that support mindfulness as a skill to be used in blue settings, but also to support wellbeing in general
Working with water based sports coaches and clubs to increase access, especially to any groups of people in communities who are underrepresented
Working with health and well being professionals to support people to improve their wellbeing
Raising awareness around water safety
Co-designing with communities to increase participation in blue spaces
Offering volunteering opportunities to learn new skills and gain confidence
Sharing learning and increasing awareness about the benefits to people in the East Midlands and beyond
Put water safety at the heart of our delivery
Connect people and create a culture of networking and sharing
Create conversations and actively listen to ideas
Develop these ideas alongside communities
Be honest about which ideas we can support
Support activity to grow alongside people in communities and wherever possible involve them in delivery
Everything we do has sustainability and lasting effect
Create free resources that help people be active in Blue spaces
Put people's wellbeing at the centre of all activity
Here at Bluetonic, our work is based on the five ways to well-being.
To connect - encourage people to connect with each other and play an active part in developing our charity.
To be active - connecting people to take part in activities together. Being active lowers people’s risk of suffering from depression or anxiety. It also has many benefits in terms of physical health.
To take notice - everything we do around blue spaces involves an element of mindfulness involved in it. Being present and in the moment increases your happiness and wellbeing.
To learn - supporting people to learn about the positive benefits of blue spaces on their happiness and wellbeing. Helping people to try new activities, learn new skills and gain confidence.
To give - creating opportunities in local communities for people to volunteer and coach others.
LET'S TALK WATER
One of our volunteers, Scott, spoke to Circularity about why bluespaces are so important. Check out the episode opposite. Circularity is about providing community spaces where people can creatively collaborate.
We want to hear about your ideas and we can help connect you to like minded people to make things happen. Share your ideas on our Facebook page to get things started.