New wellbeing portal launched to support Birmingham citizens

Birmingham residents who are looking for local activities, support and services that encourage wellbeing and an active and healthy lifestyle can now search a new online directory called Route2Wellbeing that describes over 1,500 local, community-based services and activities. This new initiative is already “making a big difference” to Birmingham citizens.

The Route2Wellbeing Birmingham portal is the ultimate guide to services, activities and support provided by the city’s voluntary and community sector. From diet and exercise to personal help with bereavement, debt advice or immigration; from support for carers to employability or mediation services — all of these things play a part in our physical and mental wellbeing.

Route2Wellbeing Birmingham has been developed by Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) and Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) with funding from Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group. Designed from scratch for ease of use, the portal enables enquirers to search by service type, location, or even distance from their homes.

So whatever wellbeing services you’re looking for, simply visit Route2Wellbeing, set your location and click on a category to discover what’s available in your area.

Mark Broadfield, an early user of the R2W website

An early user of the portal, Mark Broadfield, 53 [pictured], was looking to get fitter and more connected with people in his local area. “I had wanted to get more active and meet new people for a while,” he says, “and so I went to the library to browse the internet and to see if I could find anything going on near me. I came across the Route2Wellbeing Birmingham portal and it was really useful! I signed up to a class not too far away from where I live and I really enjoy it. It’s made a big difference to me.”

Read more on the BVSC website.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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