The Community Wheel - Thinking it Through - Finding Help and Helping Others

If we want to address the current crisis seen in children's mental health and physical health, the most important thing that we can now do is move in the direction of better prevention.    That means ensuring that parents and carers are better supported with the skills needed to help children have healthy relationships.    Decades of research has shown that this is key to mental and physical health, to educational outcomes and to crime statistics.  So we need to take  action.

How do we help parents and carers ensure that homes and communities are healthy places that all want to live?.   We think that prevention means that adult-child well-being is everybody's business.   Prevention also means that we have to take a wholistic view.  

Living in challenging situations requires many advanced skills.   Parenting and caring includes looking at things like finances and housing and events from the past and relationships in the present.   It includes looking at what is being eaten in the family and at how much children and adults are exercising.  Planners and policy makers need to think about the impact of health inequalities and poverty and poor housing or poorly designed environments or curriculum.  Relationships with the surrounding community are hugely important.

In the I Matter Project we have identified 12 important areas that can need thinking about that contribute to individual and community wellbeing.   Some of them do not have any easy answers but this is not a reason to ignore their importance.   We trust to small steps change.

These are 12 different areas in which professionals can have quite specific expertise to move forward.


The I Matter Community Wellbeing Wheel can be used in a number of different ways.   For example as a self-assessment tool to help parents or professionals think about self or about a child and about the areas which may need attention.   

Or it can be used with experienced professional help to work through to clarify some key priorities

The Wheel can be used by I Matter Community Hubs to think about what skills are needed in your local team approach to helping struggling families.

Areas of the Wheel and Examples of Professionals that can help

1. Lifestyle Pace & Sleep                                        Life and wellbeing coaching. Good Friends

2. Nutrition & Physical Health                                 GP's. Paediatricians,  Nurses, Nutritionists, 

3. Exercise & Movement                                        Sports and fitness coaches, Physiotherapists, Yoga teachers

4, Emotional Health & Communication Skills           Therapists, Counsellors, Speech therapists, Drama teachers

5. Healthy Relationships & Relationship Skills        Relationship Counsellors, Child Development Coaches

6. Peace with the Past                                             Therapists with varied training, Probation Officers

7. Being Cared For & Caring For Others                   Voluntary Sector Helping and Being Helped

8. Safe Environments for Wellbeing & Mobility        Planners, Architects, Occupational Therapists

9. Income & Finance Management                             Money management and Debt counsellors, Lawyers

10. Education, School & Work Fit                              Teachers, Eductional and Occupational Psycholgists

11. Play & Leisure Participation                                   Community Organisations, Youth Workders

12. Meaningful Goals and Life Purpose                        Varied Disciplines, Spiritual Life Communities

IMPORTANT:  I Matter Training Ltd neither warrants nor guarantees the level of success to be achieved by the study or application of I Matter Principles by professionals or parents linked to in any member school or members of our licenced practitioner network,  I Matter offers a psychoeducational approach and practictioners may not be party to all of the information that is relevant in a particular situation.  Thus those who take part in I Matter Training remain responsibile at all times for the approach they choose to take in a particular situation.  The training itself is subject to ongoing study, refinement and adjustment because the efficacy is affected by the personal and professional efficacy and expertise of the professionals and parent mentors who are applying the approach.  

Grievance Process: I Matter Training Ltd serves as the educational entity that trains and certifies professionals to work with families using our unique approach. We work  with professionals in three capacities - i) as employed professionals as part of member organsations ii) or as a freelance members of our own team  or iii).  We list associates if they have completed i Matter Foundation training and have their own speclalism that is complementary to an I Matter approach If you feel that one of the professionals listed has violated professional ethical guidelines, you should submit a formal written complaint by contacting the member school or associate concerned or ourselves  via

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It's quite simple really - we offer resources and encourage people to take time to think and learn about what is happening around them..

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We carefully gather evidence of the impact of I Matter Training using a variety of formats and will be presenting more here very shortly.

Get Started: Learn why healthy adult-child relationships and healthy communities matter for mental health, positive behaviour and healthy child development at home and in school. Then.. Take Stock and Go for Results.


If I had understood these ideas earlier

I could have been a lot more effective

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