Month: December 2014

Happy Christmas from What Works Wellbeing

Thank you for the great welcome since the announcement of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing . In particular we want to thank all who we’ve spoken to, contributed to our pioneer case studies, fed into our ongoing consultation or follow this blog. We are looking forward to working with you all in 2015. Have a great winter...

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Doncaster Council – early intervention and prevention in communities services

This video shows what happened in Doncaster Council as the early intervention and prevention aspect as Health and Wellbeing were changing in Doncaster and across the country. The Communities service had been facilitating community engagement and activities for a significant period of time. With the introduction of public health into the authority and Health and Wellbeing Board, it enabled us to understand the real impact we were having on the community from a health and wellbeing perspective. We also ensured that this was understood from a professional perspective and this has seen a real leadership, political and partnership commitment...

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Wellbeing debates and seminars January – March 2015

British Academy Debates – Wellbeing Our interim Chair Lord Gus O’Donnell, along with our own Gregor Henderson and Paul Dolan from LSE, are taking part in this series of wellbeing debates on public policy for greater prosperity in the new year #bigdebates It looks like it will be a great line up of speakers and events across the UK: Salford 14 January    What is Wellbeing? Cardiff 4 February    Social and Economic Change and Wellbeing London 4 March    Wellbeing and public policy LSE Wellbeing Seminar Series Jan-March We’re also excited for this new series of wellbeing seminars at the LSE including one about What Works for Early Intervention on 15th January from our friends at the Early Intervention Foundation. The Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics run an established Wellbeing Seminar series.  It is organised by Professor Richard Layard, Dr Nick Powdthavee and Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve 8 Jan The long term effects of social and emotional skills in childhood Alissa Goodman (CLS) 15 Jan What Works in Early Intervention. Early findings from a What Works Centre Leon Feinstein (EIF) 22 Jan The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurrent depression Willem Kuyken (Oxford) and Sarah Byford (IoP KCL) 19 Mar Childhood mental health and unemployment across the life-course Liam Delaney (Stirling) 26 Mar TBC John Brazier and Tessa Peasgood (Sheffield) These seminars are free and open to all...

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Volunteering and wellbeing in culture & sport – this week's pioneers

Give and connect are two of the five ways to wellbeing developed from the Foresight report into mental captial and wellbeing back in 2008.  These are two elements of volunteering.  Our interim Chair Lord Gus O’Donnell regularly points out the importance of broad measures of wellbeing and their superiority to activity measures like GDP as indicators of the success of governments and countries. One example he often gives is that UK GDP is now enhanced by increased illegal drug trade and prostitution, while the value of volunteering is not! Our pioneers this week are all about volunteering in sport and cultural activities: 1. Join In – looks at wellbeing and sports volunteers following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games 2. If: Vounteering for wellbeing in the heritage sector established by the Imperial War Museum North and Manchester Museum Our pioneers are short case studies of real projects, real places, real people and their evaluations. → be one of our pioneers Evidence Programme: Culture & Sport We will be looking in more detail at the evidence base around cultural and sporting activities and how they influence wellbeing.  Our evidence programme includes a theme specifically on culture and sport.  This is supported so far by the Department for Culture Media and Sport, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England, Sport England, English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Do get in...

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Community Wellbeing Practices in Halton

Commissioned by Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, Wellbeing Enterprises CIC has developed and is delivering a unique health initiative – Community Wellbeing Practices – supporting 17 GP Practices in Halton to integrate with the wider community based provision. In October 2014, the Community Wellbeing Pracitces initiative was awarded the National Association of Primary Care ‘Best Practice Health and Wellbeing Innovation of the Year’ award. The Community Wellbeing Practices initiative is supported by a team of dedicated Community Wellbeing Officers, who provide one to one sessions with patients who are guided through a structured intervention, called a Wellbeing Review, to identify social issues...

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