Month: June 2016

Oxford Univeristy Resilience for teens project (MYRIAD) recruiting schools

The MYRIAD  my resilience in adolescence project is recruiting schools to take part in a national secondary-school based project led by the University of Oxford. The project is investigating how schools prepare young people to manage their emotional health and improve their resilience during adolescence. Funded by the Wellcome Trust it is one of the largest projects to explore this area to date. The research focuses on pupils aged 11-14. It will help researchers gain valuable insight into this critical period in pupil’s lives and look at how the school curriculum could best develop young people’s resilience. →letter for teachers If you are interested in taking part please contact the project by the 1st July →To register an interest in participating click here Email:  Tel: 01865 613 164...

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Review: the VCSE's role in improving wellbeing

In November 2014, the Department of Health, Public Health England, and NHS England initiated a review of the role of the VCSE sector in improving health, wellbeing and care outcomes. Here’s  Alex Fox,  CEO of Shared Lives Plus and independent Chair of the Joint VCSE Review  on the findings: Wellbeing is a goal often seen as elusive, particularly by large swathes of the NHS which are still exclusively illness-focused. But achieving wellbeing is increasingly accepted as the goal which all health and care services will need to share if they are going to prevent and manage the impacts of long term conditions. Social care has enshrined wellbeing as its primary purpose in the Care Act and if we are serious about integration around the person, there is an argument for the NHS doing the same. The final report of the Joint Review of the VCSE sector takes wellbeing as the goal upon which everyone involved in health and care can agree. From that starting point, the report sets out the unarguable case made by charities, social enterprises and community groups that it is their work which is the key to creating and maintaining wellbeing, particularly for people which statutory services continue to overlook or consider ‘hard to reach’. Wellbeing requires health and care systems which are organised around and support our lives not just our needs or problems: which...

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Call for evidence: Learning and Wellbeing

We are conducting a review of how learning in the work environment influences wellbeing in terms of both learning processes and learning outcomes. While there is a significant body of research that looks at learning interventions in work, or for work, there is little understanding of their relationship to well-being. Our main research question is as follows; Within the context of work, to what extent are wellbeing outcomes influenced by learning outcomes and the characteristics of the learning process? We are looking for high quality evidence that addresses this question to use as best practice examples. We are particularly seeking evidence that meets the following criteria: Evaluation studies with assessments of wellbeing taken before and after the learning process – this is to allow us to determine whether the learning process produced any changes in wellbeing subsequent to its introduction. Evidence that includes comparison groups that did not participate in the course of learning are particularly welcome. Studies which look at how wellbeing is impacted by either the learning process or outcome and those which look at both. Evaluations of learning which does or does not have an explicit wellbeing aim. Evidence of impacts on wellbeing may include stress, mental health, anxiety, depression, life or job satisfaction, resilience or self-efficacy. Qualitative and quantitative evidence is welcome. All examples must be written in English or have an English translation and include an author and date. We can...

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Social action and its potential to transform health and wellbeing

Mark Swift, founder and CEO of Wellbeing Enterprises CIC on the potential to change health and wellbeing services through social action. We also have a new case study drawing from Mark’s experiences → Unleash your inner social entrepreneur case study The publication of the NHS Five Year Forward view and its focus on prevention and wellbeing has generated debate about the ways in which health commissioners may go about engaging and involving citizens as agents of change to bring about health improvements. These approaches are being described under the banner of ‘social action’ and are essentially about mobilising ‘people power’ and the latent potential of the community to bring about positive outcomes. These approaches include traditional volunteering and activism alongside relatively new concepts like social entrepreneurship. What they all share in common is a focus on the individual and the community as the driver of change; they’re about redistributing power and control to everyday people to affect the change they want to see. It’s about mobilising an entrepreneurial mind-set to tackle the issues that are impacting on people’s quality of life and mobilising assets in the community to bring this about. This growing interest in ‘bottom up’ community led approaches has been facilitated in part by organisations like UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs who provide awards to help kick-start people’s ideas. However there has also been a sizable shift in...

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Public dialogue toolkit

Want to run a public dialogue yourself? We have produced a toolkit to help you scope and deliver a wellbeing public dialogue process. The toolkit addresses the following questions: What is a public dialogue? What does it involve? What is unique about a wellbeing dialogue? When to use public dialogues and why? How to run them and who you can get to run them for you. Summary Toolkit Annexes [wpvideo TMqwg5Ni] We really enjoyed running our Public Dialogues. They have been well-received and we hope the insights on what wellbeing means to people from all over the UK are proving useful. Its really important to engage, and continue to engage people in conversation about what matters to them, especially in the area of wellbeing. So we are continuing this conversation…. →join in through facebook  or our forum. →Our Public Dialogues were independently...

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