During the election period we’re not publishing any new evidence, but we’ll still have a great line up of blogs, case studies and some useful resources to make sure you get your wellbeing evidence into practice fix.
If you haven’t already downloaded it and posted it up on your office noticeboard (or whatever hi-tech equivalent you’re using), here’s our handy one-page factsheet on the latest evidence for wellbeing benefits at work.
And once that’s whetted your appetite, you can dip into our briefings on learning in the workplace and designing a good quality job.
Resilience in hospices and mental health in the media
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and we’re sharing two case studies that link with this year’s theme of surviving and thriving. Hospice UK give us an insight into a programme to improve staff wellbeing in an emotionally demanding environment. Meanwhile, Mind’s peer education for professionals is a look an an ambitious project that successfully challenged mental health stigma by training journalists.
Share your evaluations
We’ve currently got two calls for evidence live:
We will be putting out more calls throughout the year, and you can follow us on Twitter @whatworksWB for updates when these come out.
You can find all of our evidence, research and guidance on the following themes:
After 8 June, here’s just a taster of what you can expect:
- new evidence reviews on dance and sport and adult learning
- guidance for community organisations on measuring personal wellbeing
- a one-stop set of wellbeing indicators for local authorities
- a round up of the evidence on green space and wellbeing
- a discussion paper on community wellbeing.
Give and connect are two of the five ways to wellbeing developed from the Foresight report into mental captial and wellbeing back in 2008. These are two elements of volunteering. Our interim Chair Lord Gus O’Donnell regularly points out the importance of broad measures of wellbeing and their superiority to activity measures like GDP as indicators of the success of governments and countries. One example he often gives is that UK GDP is now enhanced by increased illegal drug trade and prostitution, while the value of volunteering is not!
Our pioneers this week are all about volunteering in sport and cultural activities:
1. Join In – looks at wellbeing and sports volunteers following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
2. If: Vounteering for wellbeing in the heritage sector established by the Imperial War Museum North and Manchester Museum
Our pioneers are short case studies of real projects, real places, real people and their evaluations.
→ be one of our pioneers
Evidence Programme: Culture & Sport
We will be looking in more detail at the evidence base around cultural and sporting activities and how they influence wellbeing. Our evidence programme includes a theme specifically on culture and sport. This is supported so far by the Department for Culture Media and Sport, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England, Sport England, English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Do get in touch if you want to partner with us to support our work in this area.
The deadline for applications for our evidence programme is 21 January 2015.
Have a great week,
The What Works Centre for Wellbeing’s commissioning partners, the Economic and Social Research Council, are hosting an online twitter chat on 3rd December between 12 and 2pm about the Centre focusing specifically on the evidence programme call for proposals.
Please see the call page for the full specifications, application guidance and FAQs. A short presentation on the application process will also be available beforehand, and an updated FAQs document will be available after the online Q&A event.
→ Join the forum to meet others working on wellbeing
→ Send questions
→ Join the discussion on 3 December by logging on to Twitter and following #wwwqa.
- A Twitter account is required to post questions, though the discussion can be viewed without an account
- Sign up to the virtual networking forum before the event if you want to post a question. You will be able to view the forum discussion pages without an account.
- The Q&A will be run via Twitter. W will also provide fuller answers and a summary of all questions after the event.
Nancy & Karen
The evidence programme for the What Works Centre for Wellbeing is being commissioned by the our partners the Economic and Social Research Council. The specifications for the evidence programme were published on 29th October.
On behalf of all funding partners, the ESRC is commissioning four wellbeing themed evidence programmes to look at what works for wellbeing:
- cross-cutting capability
- work, learning and wellbeing
- community wellbeing
- culture, sport and wellbeing
There was an applicants workshop on 5th November and the presentations from that workshop are now available.
Based on the level of interest, the deadline for the What Works Wellbeing Call has been extended to 21 January 2015.
You can contribute to the development of the centre in other ways here.
The Centre’s evidence programme is being commissioned in partnership with the Economic & Social Research Council.
A synthesis of the evidence about what works to improve wellbeing is being comissioned in the following areas:
1. Cross cutting capabilities
2. Work and Learning
3. Commnuities – social networks, govenance, built environment
4. Culture and Sport
Register today for the applicants workshop in Birmingham on 5th November.