Think Local, Act Personal – Building Community Capacity Empowering and Engaging Communities events

The Care Act makes explicit the need to promote wellbeing and prevention and the NHS Five Year Forward View also talks about the need to “harness the renewable energy in communities”.  There are plenty of examples of innovative practice in community capacity building such as befriending, homeshare and time credits, however practice is more fragmented revealing different measures of success, terminology and concepts.

Think Local Act Personal hosted a Building Community Capacity logo_think-local-act-personalLeaders Seminar which brought together key stakeholders from across the health, social care and public sectors to help drive forward a collaborative approach

Building Community Capacity Empowering and Engaging Communities

Following on from the Leaders Seminar, TLAP are running a series of regional workshops which will look at the policies and evidence base for community empowerment. The events are open to Health and Wellbeing Boards, NHS England Commissioners, NHS Providers of Community Services and Voluntary Sector Providers.

→Book a place on a Building Community Capacity regional event

Seminar: Building the State of Wellbeing in South Australia- from Vision to Reality

SAHMRIA few weeks ago we featured the launch of South Australia’s  Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at SAHMRI.

We’re delighted to welcome the inaugural Director of the Centre, Gabe Kelly to present gabe-kelly-formal-smile1a  seminar: Building the State of Wellbeing in South Australia from Vision to Reality, on the 30th June at 4:00pm details and registration

The Wellbeing and Resilience Centre in the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) has a vision to build South Australia as the State of Wellbeing – a public health approach to building mental health. It aims to dramatically improve the community’s ability to combat mental illness by building mental health assets at scale.

We really like area-based approaches to improving resilience and wellbeing such as Santa Monica’s Wellbeing project in the USA which has set out to define, measure and improve wellbeing and the Happy City project here in Bristol, UK .

I know of other places doing this contact: whatworkswellbeingdevelopment@phe.gov.uk

Wellbeing Seminar- Same Exposure but Different Response: The Importance of Considering Individual Differences in Environmental Sensitivity

The Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics has added another date to their series of Wellbeing Seminars, organised by Professor Richard Layard, Dr Nick Powdthavee and Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve

Centre for economic performance

Thursday 18 June 1:00pm (with sandwiches from 12.45pm)

Same Exposure but Different Response: The Importance of Considering Individual Differences in Environmental Sensitivity

Michael Pluess (QMUL)

2nd floor Seminar Room (2.04), 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3PH

Expert Teams and Board Members appointed for What Works Centre for Wellbeing

The Wha8-2754esrc-logot Works Centre for Wellbein2903577 What Works Banner Stand V0_2.inddg, together with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have announced the successful bids for four research programmes to understand what really works to improve the wellbeing of people in the UK.

Over the next three years, the What Works Centre for Wellbeing will enable policy-makers, local authorities,  employers and others to use evidence of wellbeing impact in decision making and to improve people’s lives, by translating academic evaluation of wellbeing measures into easy-to-use information about effectiveness, cost and applicability.

The successful consortia are led by world-renowned academics

Professor Richard LayardProfessor Kevin DanielsProfessor Peter KindermanProfessor Christina Victor

 

 

 

Overall, the research spans twelve universities, five civil society groups, and reaches internationally through the OECD. More detailed information on the teams and the work of the evidence programmes is here

The Centre and evidence programmes have been funded by a number of partner organisations.

 Cross-Cutting Capabilities

Professor Lord Richard Layard, LSE, leads the Cross-Cutting Capabilities programme, working in collaboration with

  • London School of Economics
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Institute for Education

They are partnering with

  • Action for Happiness
  • University of Oxford
  • How to Thrive

The team will assess and develop methods of understanding how policy and practice affect wellbeing. They will look at the effect of different factors on wellbeing, analyse the impact of wellbeing on other outcomes and develop a framework for cost-effectiveness analysis with wellbeing as the measure of benefit.  They will also conduct life course analysis, looking at the how important early life is to wellbeing in later years.

Work, Learning and Wellbeing

Professor Kevin Daniels, UEA, leads the Work, Learning and Wellbeing evidence programme, a collaboration between

  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Essex

The evidence programme is focused on protecting and enhancing the wellbeing of workers, adult learners and those seeking work.

Bringing Wellbeing to Community

Prof Peter Kinderman, University of Liverpool, leads the Community Wellbeing evidence programme. His team is a collaboration of five universities including

  • Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice at the University of Liverpool
  • Sheffield University
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Durham University

They are joined by five civil society organisations including

  • New Economics Foundation
  • Locality
  • Happy City
  • Centre for Local Economic Strategies
  • Social Life Ltd

The evidence programme will focus on how community wellbeing is affected by issues such as local social networks, having a say over what happens in our community, and local living conditions.

Culture, Sport and Wellbeing

Professor Christina Victor, Brunel University London, leads the Culture, Sport and Wellbeing evidence programme, a collaboration between

  • Brunel University London
  • University of Brighton
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Winchester

They will look at the wellbeing benefits of participation in different culture and sport practices for people in a wide range of circumstances.

Board appointments

PaulLitchfieldThe Centre has recently appointed its first Board of non-executive Directors. The Chair, Dr Litchfield, is joined by:

Gregor Henderson (National Lead for Wellbeing and Mental Health at Public Health England), and Phil Sooben (Director of Policy, Resources and Communications, ESRC) will join the board for an initial period as the Centre’s major partners in delivery.

Further recruitment for board members, including specifically from areas of local government and academia are still to come. Follow this website for the latest opportunities.