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Positive Psychology, Arts & Wellbeing Consultancy

Flourish and Thrive: The co- operative search for the best in people, their groups, communities, organisations and the world around us. Creative and inspiring projects, training and research underpinned by positive psychology.

Dementia Reminiscence Arts Evidenced- based Intervention 2013-2016

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Belinda is project managing an investigation improving wellbeing in dementia care. Significant effects from robust Quantitative analysis: unique reminiscence arts intervention week- on week over a 24 week period......

Community Resilience: The Power of Stories & Art 2015

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2- week community festival: the power of stories and art to bring community resilience to life by involving over 2000 local people to build & dramatize a festival woven around The Pied Piper, performed on May 9th......http://tooting-news.dailyprss.co.uk/tabs/blog/2015/05/tales-of-the-pied-piper

Tooting Performed Community Story Walk 2014

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May 2014 Wellbeing in Action….....A Tooting Performed Story Walk from Sprout Community Gallery and Balham . Fun interactive pop- up art, dance, music, singing, acting along the way! Props, costumes, scenery learning about happiness details here.........

Mental Wellbeing Training for Dance United 2013

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Training for Dance United to work with early onset psychosis at South London & Maudsley NHS Trust: understanding mental wellbeing, arts and wellbeing, practical application, strengths and positive psychology, MHFA....

Pioneering Initiative for future Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care 2013- 2016

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Belinda has recently secured a new post. Shaping & managing a £6000,000 research project for people with dementia for Age Exchange Pioneering initiative that will model future provision of Reminiscence Arts in Care

Flourishing for GPS 2013

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A fun and creative morning of resilience building......

Arts professional Publication

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Transition initiatives help communities become stronger and happier. Hilary Jennings and Belinda Sosinowicz describe how Transition Town Tooting designed and delivered a positive psychology based intervention and how they are using the arts to improve wellbeing in South West London.....

Jigsaw Horse: A story about Resilience

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"The Jigsaw Horse” . A Live performed, interactive story walk about resilience and happiness- a walk with a difference! May 5th 2013, 12:45 start and completed at around 3pm with a pic nic lunch on Tooting Bec Common

Flourishing in 2013:A place to meet, inspire and support each other

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The Participation Agency warmly invites you to take part in this new set of events we are offering to our clients and partners during 2013. The aim is to re-energise people within the not-for-profit sector, especially if you are finding the climate de-motivating.

Community Involvement and Learning: Tate Modern Partnerships

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We have been working collaboratively with Tate Modern since 1999.iz Ellis, Curator Community Learning at Tate Modern has endorsed this collaboration 2000-2012 as "an excellent example of local and national community partnership work in action, enabling Tate to work in collaboration with creative and diverse communities and providing opportunities for Tate Modern to develop as a truly shared public space."

Engagement and Participation: Staged reading at Houses of Parliament

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Young people with complex needs performed a stage reading of stories we captured about their lived experiences.....

Community Wellbeing and Resilience: Walk, May 2012

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Building on local community assets, residents led a walk stopping at 12 sites of 'wellbeing'. For example, local artists venture 'Crafty Pint' ran craft workshops at The Tram Shed on the theme of appreciate. 'Sprout Gallery' lead a stretch of walk engaging with walkers through story telling......

Community Resilience: Making Tooting Happy!- TTT First Tuesday Event 1st May 2012

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A participatory workshop that explored happiness and the different ways to achieve it. Participants shared happiness stories, a bit about the science and heard a personal inspirational journey about personal and community happiness in Tooting....

DIY Happiness At Pump House Gallery

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We ran the DIY Happiness game on Sunday at Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park.......

Treasuring Tooting: A creative wellbeing walk

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2012 sees Transition Town Tooting hold a year-long focus on wellbeing. During the year we will be exploring some of the keys to wellbeing that we know are important in helping us lead happier and more satisfied lives......

HAYES FM London Radio Live Show: Dec 2011

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STRESS AT CHRISTMAS 
A live 1 hour talk show on on Hayes FM radio, with Ingrid hayes talking about stress- especially the stress that many feel in the run up to Christmas........

Resilience Building Courses and Programmes

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At Agency for Life, we are delivering courses and developing holistic programmes, building individual and community resilience, whether it be in the workplace, home, community, or local neighbourhood. We are approaching a stressful time of change: great global upheaval and suffering, financial uncertainty, climate crisis and community fragmentation. Work and life related stress is on the increase.......

Unilever, Wellbeing and Mood

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" Yasmin & Belinda/Agency for Life have made an outstanding contribution to our initiative through leading the ‘mood’ element of our wellbeing proposition........" Jeremy Bassett, `Unilver New Innovations Director, October 2011

Kindness Projects

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The Kindness projects form part of a larger applied research project, looking at promoting community resilience through simple, daily interventions and activities. Kindness is one of the simplest ways to find happiness, essential to humans in connecting and sharing with others. In an increasingly disparate society, with global crisis on a grand scale, scarcity of renewable resources, it is important to find ways to re- connect with each other again......

Building Positive relationships

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Building Engagement Working with Publicserviceworks to develop ways that socially isolated young people with life threatening illnesses, can connect with each other: creative participatory workshops, capturing their stories, building a digital on line game, creative coaching..........

AVIVA: Improving Mood

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July 2011- As part of the Unilever wellbeing project, 'Inside Out', we are working with Aviva staff coaching them in mood improving strategies. First co- hort addressed working in call centre locations.......

Connecting and Relationship Projects

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There is a long tradition in social work and in social psychological research which implies that the chief function of network members is to provide support in times of stress.........

Improving Community Wellbeing- Well London Project- The Big Tea

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Improving Social Inclusion: As part of our large programme , we designed creative toolkits- for people who might be housebound and unable to attend the programme.....

Enhancing a Healing Environment, 6 new builds

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we have managed series of visual arts commissions in Lambeth for Guys and St Thomas's Charitable Foundation to enhance new Health centres built from 2008- 2012. Read more in case studies.

Challenging Stigma, Improving Lives: Emergence

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As one of the former founder directors, Belinda played an important part in the development of this dynamic and growing organisation that seeks to Challenge Attitudes, Build Lives of people who identify with the stigmatising diagnosis of personality disorder.....

Boost your Life Satisfaction and find more Meaning

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Do you have a restless desire to make a bigger difference for good in the world? Are you ready to move on from just paying the bills to finding more meaning and satisfaction in life? 
 
Or do you think you are in the right place but want to increase your joy and fulfillment in your life, just as it is? 
 
We can help you make powerful shifts in perspective that can give you greater energy, satisfaction, optimism, and meaning in your life. Contact us now for a free discussion.

Be The Change 1- development courses

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In collaboration with Yasmin Duggan, this first 4 week course will explore how to raise to self esteem. This course is suited to women with children of primary school age. Nest course dates: October 2011

Evaluation: Well London: The Big Tea Project

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A participatory action research approach of evaluating projects set to improve wellbeing. All of the projects within The Big tea were developed with reference to several key documents to underpin the epistemological framework:

Youth Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment

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We have been working closely with South London and Maudsley Mental health Foundation Trust; Mental health and wellbeing promotion, to develop a youth MWIA...

Health Impact Assessment for London's Cultural Strategy

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With creative associates, we ran a dynamic and innovative day at the London Mayor's office, to try and assess the impact that the cultural strategy would have on the wellbeing of Londoner's. The outcomes helped form the first cultural strategy for London.

Optimum Levels of Personal Wellbeing: New Brand for Unilever

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We are developing a new wellbeing brand with Unilever. Insideout is an ehealth and phone app to improve mood, sleep, nutrition, activity. We are developing the mood brand through our LTD company Agency for Life..........

Engagement: 30 young offenders talked to Ministers in Paliament

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In September 2010, we trained 30 young people from around the UK, to deliver an Open Space event in Parliament. The question was "How can we work together to reduce youth crime?" .....

Well London: The Big Tea Project

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Enhancing Well-Being. Trust Art Project were commissioned to deliver the Big Lottery funded, Be Creative Be Well- Arts Council managed, part of the £10m Well London Project in Lambeth. Read more in case studies.