Month: February 2016

Join our roundtable: Learning from the BIG Lottery Wellbeing portfolio

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing and Ecorys present a roundtable event to share learning from the Wellbeing 2 programme evaluation. Following Big Lottery Fund’s first Wellbeing programme, which invested £160 million across England to encourage healthy lifestyles and improve wellbeing, an additional £40 million was made available to fund a second phase  which ran from 2013- 2015. Grants were made to 14 portfolios across England managed by a range of charities including Sustrans, the Soil Association, the Foyer Federation, Mind, The Children’s Food Trust and Groundwork. The aims of the programme were to continue to support communities to create healthier lifestyles and improve their wellbeing in three key areas: Physical activity – children, adults and the wider community being more physically active and experiencing improved access to physical activities. Healthy eating – children, adults and the wider community eating more healthily. Mental wellbeing – children, adults and the wider community having improved mental wellbeing and greater social contact. We would like to look at the findings and methodology used, then discuss: How the findings can inform policy developments and debate How the findings can be taken forward by different organisations to inform delivery Suggestions for further dissemination audiences The event  will be held on the 16th March 12-2pm in central London. If you are are a policy official, politician or researcher, commissioner or academic interested in wellbeing and want to take part register interest now. →Register interest...

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What wellbeing means in work and learning

Our Public Dialogues examined the topic of Work and Learning In this video, Sharing Work and Learning participants from Falkirk talk about their experiences of the dialogue and what they will take from the process. [wpvideo ohKrX03O]   Wellbeing in Work and Learning means security, interest, achievement and challenge As members of the public, we think that having a job is better than no job, and we need to be safe at work and meet basic comforts such as heating and access to toilet facilities. The main value of work for many is financial security, stability and feeling safe. At its best work and learning...

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How the latest personal wellbeing dataset can improve policy making

Recently the Office for National Statistics published its latest estimates of personal wellbeing and a three-year analysis of wellbeing by age . Guest post from ONS Personal Wellbeing measurement team- Links updated  How can this new dataset can help you in your policy making and evaluation? Where do these new estimates of personal wellbeing come from? These figures were based on responses from over 300,000 adults in the UK to the ONS four personal wellbeing questions. The responses were collected over a three-year period between 2012 and 2015 from the Annual Population Survey. What are the benefits of this dataset over...

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What we are saying about Community Wellbeing counts

Our Public Dialogues looked in part at Community wellbeing Here, the participants from Belfast reflect on discussing community wellbeing in a dialogue setting and the how the findings should be used: [wpvideo 90O94giG]   Community wellbeing is about support, belonging, safety. As members of the public we understand community wellbeing as the links between people living in an area with family, friends, school and work providing the backbone. Community resilience is a sense of pride and belonging to a place with positive interaction between people who help each other, are supportive, respectful and have friendly relationships. Our community wellbeing...

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Findings from UK wellbeing public dialogues and the Centre’s delivery plan

We have spoken with over 4,000 people and organisations, including many of you, to develop our plans and the areas for our evidence reviews and analysis. This included six public dialogues across the UK – in Cardiff, South Tyneside, London, Belfast, Bristol and Falkirk –  in each of our initial evidence themes of Community, Work & Learning and Culture & Sport.  Public dialogues bring together members of the public and policy makers to discuss wellbeing and understand what matters to people. Today we published our public dialogue findings alongside feedback from people working on wellbeing and set out our first delivery...

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