The 6 Ways 2 Wellbeing: a personal point of view

DAD4DADs Six ways to well being

We were delighted to receive this feedback from one of the wellbeing champions and participants in our DAD4DADs 6 Ways 2 Wellbeing project.

Throughout the project I learnt a lot about myself and my peers. I enjoyed working on our performance piece during lessons at college. We developed a dance using Richard’s original music as accompaniment and using the theme of connections. We used red material to represent different links between us and I found it interesting how one piece of material could represent so many things and inspire the different shapes and movements we created. The piece ended with the whole group creating the wheel of wellbeing which brought us together as one. The piece was subjective and so even though it meant one thing to us I feel the audiences at The Christmas Lights in Dover Town Centre, will have all had different experiences and thoughts throughout our performances.

Attending the performance of Park at The Marlowe Theatre was eye opening and changed some of my personal opinions and understanding of what dance can be and how it can communicate a story or an emotion to an audience. During the workshop day at college I was excited to take part in Luke’s dance session after seeing him perform in the show. I got very emotional during the dance session as we linked thoughts and ideas directly to our own experiences with our Dads. I also took part in Richard’s sound workshop and felt very involved and connected to the work as music and sound are a very big part of who I am.

On the Saturday in Dover I took part in another dance session with Luke which I thoroughly enjoyed, as I was working with the other boys from my course and we choreographed our own sequence. I also took part in the poetry workshop with Leah and I really enjoyed writing my poem about my Dad. I had great feedback from my tutors and peers, including new friends I had made on that day. Leah was very impressed with my poem and asked to include it in her book.

The 6 ways of Wellbeing project have had an impact on my outlook on life and has changed my personal views of my Dad and our relationship. The project has made me think a lot about my life, family and friends. I continue to practise some of the 6 ways in my daily life using connections to meet new people and forming stronger bonds with old friends. I am more active, doing exercise through choice and playing less computer games and being less distracted by my phone! I keep learning through reading which I hadn’t made the time to do for a while. I have made a conscious effort to give by being there for friends who are going through a difficult time and I have been taking notice of the town I live in by admiring the art works, appreciating the views and making happy memories to keep through taking photos with my friends. I am very grateful to have been given the chance to take part in this project and would like to say a huge thank you to all involved.”