Month: January 2016

Improving Public Health through our Public Places

Here, Lauren Pennycook, Policy Officer, Carnegie UK Trust talks about the Place Standard tool and how our public places impact our wellbeing. ‘Health is something that is created by people within the everyday settings of their life’, according to former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland Sir Harry Burns. But are the places we live in actually designed to promote good health and actively reduce heath inequalities in our communities? And how can we assess if our public spaces are contributing to our individual and community wellbeing? The Scottish Government, Architecture and Design Scotland and NHS Health Scotland have been working in partnership to address how we can put our public spaces to the test, by developing the new Place Standard tool. The aim of the Place Standard tool is to support the delivery of high quality public spaces and to maximise the potential of the physical and social structures in our communities to promote good health, wellbeing and a good quality of life. The tool asks users to answer questions around key themes such as access to greenspace, housing, and availability of areas for play and recreation to help map out how well our communities are currently designed to promote public health. But as well as looking back, the tool allows users to look forward and identify areas for development in their communities. At the Carnegie UK Trust, we were...

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How a wellbeing measure can improve policy-making for teens

NPC’s paper, That awkward age, analyses wellbeing data for over 8,000 children in the UK aged 10-17, collected by more than 100 charities and schools over four years between 2011-2015. It finds that: Girls are less happy than boys: 1 in 4 boys (26%), and 1 in 3 girls (35%), report their overall wellbeing as average or lower Wellbeing falls as children get older: This fall is steepest between 13-14yrs and 16-17yrs. It is also steeper for girls than boys Boys don’t cry—but girls report crying more as they get older: More than half girls say they ‘cry a lot’ by age 15 (53%). Only 14% boys by age 15 say the same Children’s resilience is essential : Children’s resilience—‘the capacity to cope with stress and difficulties’—becomes more important with age, as the older they get the more closely it is associated with their overall wellbeing → Download That Awkward Age report Here Dan Corry, NPC’s Chief Executive blogs on how this wellbeing measure can improve policy-making for teens.   National wellbeing isn’t about to reach the political status of GDP, but its importance to ministers and decision-makers has grown substantially in recent years. It was a focus for the Coalition government (even if it faded from view as time went on), and ambitious projects have sprung up in the form of The What Works Centre for Wellbeing (of which I am a...

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Culture, museums and wellbeing

Our evidence programme on Culture and Sport will help us to understand how we can improve wellbeing through cultural and sporting activities – involvement in music, visual arts, our leisure, heritage and physical activities. →case study: If: Volunteering for wellbeing in the heritage sector  There is a lot of interest in this area. Here are a few organisations and upcoming events: All Party Parliamentary Group started in 2014 for Arts, Health and Wellbeing A National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing  aims to share information, to improve existing practice, help build resilience and provide support around museums and health and wellbeing. 29th Feb The Alliance is...

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Happy New Year!

Like our resolutions, wellbeing is often dominated by health and fitness. There’s more to it than that. → look after your wellbeing in your resolutions with the evidence based 5 ways to Wellbeing and 10 steps to Happier Living. It is also a time to look forward to what we want to achieve in the new year. In the next few weeks we will be announcing the detailed workplans of our 4 evidence programmes looking at what works to improve wellbeing in Community, Work & Learning, Culture & Sport settings as well as  Cross-cutting  capabilities. sharing findings from our consultations across the centre and our  public dialogue project from people across Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England Looking forward to working with you to improve wellbeing in the UK. The What Works Wellbeing team →2015...

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