This year has seen unprecedented changes to many aspects of our individual lives, our health, our home lives, communities, our ways of working, and thinking. Policies and spending decisions at the local and national level have also moved further and faster to affect our lives in ways that we could never have imagined just a year ago.
Covid-19 may be the defining challenge of our era. Our focus in this context has been to understand how the pandemic, and its social and economic consequences, have affected the wellbeing of different people in different ways and how a wellbeing approach can support the UK’s response and recovery.
A wellbeing-centred recovery means responding to all the drivers of our wellbeing that are being affected– not just examining the health and fatality risk or the economic consequences of lockdowns.
And it seems this idea is resonating: we have had an almost 20% increase in website visits in 2020 from last year: over 127,000 people sought out evidence of what works. Our resources have been viewed by over 75,000 visitors, and downloaded 18,000 times.
Here is a round-up of the most useful pieces of guidance, evidence, and activities from the Centre in 2020.
We are supporting the response to Covid-19
Improving methods and measures
Community and connection
Our work internationally
We advised on Norway’s first National Survey on Quality of Life and also collaborated to improve international learning with Canada, Australia, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, the World Economic Forum, and the World Health Organisation, among others.
Thank you and see you in 2021
We will be back in 2021 with new analysis, projects, collaborations, and practical support for protecting and improving wellbeing across all sectors. Thank you to our Board, Advisory Panel, partners, and you, for being part of the wellbeing movement.