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How Social Wellness Builds Community Well-Being and Improves Client Outcomes

September 12, 2022

Nonprofits like yours provide life-changing services every day. You address clients’ physical and emotional needs, helping them build better habits and mindsets. One of the key components of client success is ensuring each individual has a support system and prioritizes social wellness. Social wellness is a relatively new term, but it’s becoming a more popular topic when developing community-wide solutions and programs.

In this article, we’ll walk you through:
  • Defining social wellness
  • How nonprofits can level up social wellness
  • Examples of nonprofit social wellness programs
  • How CaseWorthy can help

What Is Social Wellness, and Why Is It Important?

Social wellness is centered around cultivating healthy relationships and overall well-being in a community–and nonprofits can provide valuable services to support social wellness initiatives. Being socially involved helps people overcome feelings of isolation, which is a predictor of premature death and illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Healthy relationships also help improve self-esteem, promote a positive self-image, and can inspire new healthy self-care habits.

Investing in social wellness programs positively impacts nonprofits and the communities they serve. Fostering healthy relationships supports the broader community by improving connectedness, livability, justice, and equity. The better connected we are to each other, the stronger the systems underlying society become.

When we care about ourselves, our workplace, and our community, everyone benefits.

How Nonprofits Can Level Up Social Wellness Initiatives

Nonprofits play a critical role in supporting the social fabric of a community. They support the most vulnerable populations by providing vital services. In addition, most nonprofits have initiatives in place to address gaps in equality and opportunity to maximize human potential.

When nonprofits invest in internal social wellness initiatives, it benefits their employees and everyone they serve. Clients experience better care when their case managers and counselors are given flexibility and resources to take care of themselves.

Likewise, when nonprofits invest in community-based social wellness initiatives, it helps their clients achieve better social wellness and build stronger, healthier relationships with others. Nonprofits help individuals improve community bonds.

Examples of Nonprofit Social Wellness Programs

Social wellness programs bring people together in a positive way. Nonprofits can get creative and align an event or initiative with their organization’s core values and mission, or simply host a fun event that people will enjoy.

  1. Workshops. From stress reduction and self-care to practical skill-building workshops. Nonprofits can partner with local experts to help their community gain practical social wellness skills while meeting new people.
  2. Connection-Building Cultural Activities. Nonprofits can host a variety of client- or community-focused events to share positive ideas and as an opportunity to build and strengthen relationships. Healthy cooking, music, art programming, recreation therapy – the options are endless.
  3. Fitness Programs. Walking groups, scavenger hunts, guided hikes, park clean-ups, yoga and meditation classes, and fitness challenges are all great examples of simple, cost-friendly initiatives that support healthy habits.
  4. Hobby Groups. From reading to gardening and craft clubs, nonprofits can engage with their community by formalizing hobby groups that help their clients improve social wellness.
  5. Relationship Therapy. Positive relationships are essential to cultivating a healthy, fulfilling life. Nonprofits can provide services that help their clients reframe their relationships and surround themselves with trusting people who support them. Some nonprofits offer training sessions to help clients analyze their social network, set healthy boundaries, and strengthen positive relationships.
  6. Client Appreciation. Nonprofit staff who let clients know that they are valued have an enormous impact on the client’s social wellness and sense of self. Taking time to notice a client’s strengths and talents also helps reinforce positive, healthy behaviors.

Embracing Community in All Aspects of Nonprofit Management

Proving the impact of social wellness programs and other nonprofit initiatives can be challenging. How do you measure the outcome of teaching a client how to cook healthy food or the value of a new friendship they’ve made through one of your social wellness initiatives? Outcomes tracking is important, but not everything can be summed up in numbers. Flexible case management software helps nonprofit humanize data to determine program strengths and gaps in service – all for the good of the community at large.

Ready to deliver community wellness and social wellness programs to your clients?

Does your organization need a platform that enables you to invest in community wellness and social wellness programs? CaseWorthy’s platform offers a suite of features designed for social workers like you to optimize the service you bring to your clients. Chat with our experts to learn more on how CaseWorthy can be tailored to your community wellness and social wellness needs.

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