Month: November 2014

Online Twitter Q&A for What Works Wellbeing proposals 3rd December

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing’s commissioning partners, the Economic and Social Research Council, are hosting an online twitter chat on 3rd December between 12 and 2pm about the Centre focusing specifically on the evidence programme call for proposals. Please see the call page for the full specifications, application guidance and FAQs. A short presentation on the application process will also be available beforehand, and an updated FAQs document will be available after the online Q&A event. → Join the forum to meet others working on wellbeing → Send questions email: tweet using #wwwqa on the forum → Join the discussion on 3 December by logging on to Twitter and following #wwwqa. A Twitter account is required to post questions, though the discussion can be viewed without an account Sign up to the virtual networking forum before the event if you want to post a question.  You will be able to view the forum discussion pages without an account. The Q&A will be run via Twitter.  W will also provide fuller answers and a summary of all questions after the event. Nancy &...

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Wellbeing evidence around the globe – Lord Gus O'Donnell in Australia

When I helped to launch, in London and Bristol, the What Works centre on Wellbeing I said we wanted to gather evidence from around the globe. So it is fitting that I have spent the last week on the other side of the world urging people to pass on their experiences and learning on wellbeing. More specifically I have been in Australia meeting senior officials at the Federal and State level, think tanks and private sector representatives to explain the importance of focusing on wellbeing and behaviour change. At lectures and seminars in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, I  explained  the importance of broad measures of wellbeing and their superiority to activity measures like GDP as indicators of the success of governments and countries. I find that explaining that UK  GDP is now enhanced by increased illegal drug trade and prostitution, while the value of volunteering is not, gets the point across quite vividly! My visit played out against the G20 taking place in Brisbane, right in the middle of my Australian visit. President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping had turned the focus onto climate change to the discomfort of their host Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Nevertheless the G20 was attempting to enhance wellbeing by stimulating infrastructure spending and employment and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In Australia the government is attempting to eradicate its deficit of 2.5%GDP , rather low compared...

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National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government-backed programme open to 15 to 17 year olds across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Focusing both on personal development and supporting young people to help others, the programme aims to promote a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society. Participants build skills for work and life, take on new challenges, make new friends and contribute to their local area. Since its inception in 2011, over 120,000 teenagers have taken part in the programme. Taking place largely outside school and college term time, NCS programmes follow the same structure but are of a different...

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Children & Young people’s wellbeing in the UK

To coincide with a Week of Action organised by the Department of Health and Public Health England aimed at supporting families to provide children with the best start in life, here at the What Works Centre for Wellbeing we’ve pulled together publications showing the latest picture of the wellbeing of children and young people in the UK and some pointers to resources for taking positive action. Our Wellbeing Pioneers this week are the National Citizen Service programme, providing a great example of how tangible results in improving young people’s wellbeing can be achieved and Shift, an organisation designing an innovative biofeedback video game to help young people improve their own wellbeing. Our pioneers are short case studies of real projects, real places, real people and their evaluations. → be one of our pioneers What does the latest picture show about children and young people’s wellbeing? Exploring the Well-being of Children in the UK, 2014 presents the latest statistical picture of the wellbeing of children in the UK from the ONS Measuring National Wellbeing Programme (published October 2014). The Good Childhood Report, 2014 is the most recent report from The Children’s Society looking at the wellbeing of children in the UK and highlighting areas for improvement. 5,660 Young People Can’t be Wrong. How Will YOU Help Us? summarises the results of Young Mind’s consultation with 5,600 young people (October 2013-...

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Join In – Wellbeing and sports volunteers

Join In’s Hidden Diamonds: the wellbeing generated by sports volunteers Join In is the volunteering legacy charity from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are a campaigning organisation whose mission is to bring more volunteers into community sport – 100,000 new and retained every year. We know how much it costs us to recruit those volunteers, but until recently we had no way of capturing their full value. Hidden Diamonds: Uncovering the true value of sports volunteers is our answer. Our hunch was that this ‘true’ value was far more than simply how much time volunteers give:...

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