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5 Ways to Wellbeing Scheme 2019-20

The aim of the fund is to improve the mental wellbeing of people living in Derbyshire by providing community based activities and services that help people to access the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’.  

How much can you apply for?

Up to £2000.   


5pm on 22nd November 2019

Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from voluntary, community or faith groups / organisations delivering services in High Peak who have:

  • A constitution or set of working rules which clearly states the aims of the group / organisation.
  • A management committee comprising of at least 3 unrelated people.
  • A bank account in the name of the group with at least 2 unrelated signatories. 
  • Appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures (for projects involving vulnerable adults, children or young people).

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of national evidence-based actions (developed by the New Economics Foundation) which promote people’s wellbeing. They are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.  These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives which have been proven to help improve people’s mental wellbeing.

So if your group / organisation helps people at higher risk of mental ill health meet the following (do not be put of applying if you are finding it difficult to meet all Five Ways to Wellbeing, let us know, we can help), then you may consider applying for a grant:


  • with the people around them, with family, friends, colleagues or neighbours
  • at home, work, school or in their community
  • help people to think of these as cornerstones of their life and invest time in developing them
  • building these connections will support and enrich people every day

Be Active

  • go for a walk or run, cycle, dance
  • step outside 
  • play a game
  • garden
  • exercising makes people feel good
  • discover a physical activity they enjoy and that suits their level of mobility and fitness

Take Notice

  • be curious; ‘catch sight of the beautiful’ or ‘remark on the unusual’
  • savour the moment, whether they are walking or at work, eating lunch or talking to friends
  • help people to be aware of the world around them and what they are feeling; reflecting in their experiences will help people to appreciate what matters to them

Keep Learning

  • try something new
  • rediscover an old interest
  • learn to play an instrument, or how to cook a favourite food
  • set a challenge they will enjoy achieving
  • learning new things will make people more confident as well as being fun


  • Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger
  • Volunteer or give their time to a community activity

NB: These examples are not exhaustive and you may have many other ideas for helping people to Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. 

Design your project / activity to include all 5 elements of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.  

The grant scheme will be administered by High Peak CVS.

Applications should be returned by 22nd November 2019 to: Donna Wren at High Peak CVS, using email:  Or post to Donna Wren, High Peak CVS, Dunbar House, 105 Buxton Road, Whaley Bridge High Peak SK23 7HX

5 Ways to Wellbeing Application Form 2019-20 

5 Ways to Wellbeing Guidance Notes 2019-20

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