In this blog, Isabel Young, Programme Manager for Communities at The Young Foundation focuses on loneliness and social isolation as issues that can be tackled locally; tapping into the strengths, stories and motivations of people interested in developing community-led responses to foster to increasing social connections.
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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957
“We network and transact now more than ever but meaningful time together is being systematically displaced by fast and shallow connections”. David Robinson, writes for us on how to make meaningful relationships the ‘central operating principle’ in the run-up to the launch of our Community Wellbeing Index in partnership with the Co-op UK and his forthcoming talk on this at LSE.
Today we celebrate the spin out of Action for Happiness, the grassroots social movement of people taking action to increase wellbeing, launched and incubated by The Young Foundation. Our CEO, Helen Goulden on back on our long history of work to support happiness and wellbeing which we are continuing into the present day.
Researcher, Suzy Solley, highlights the potential parks have to improve the wellbeing, and support the integration of refugees and asylum seekers and draws attention to the existing barriers in accessing green space and what we may do to address them.
Last week, Programme Manager for Communities and Place, Isabel Young travelled to Nottingham to discuss what makes them feel well in their city. Here she provides four key reflections from the lively discussions that took place on the day.
Our rallying call on what really constitutes meaningful ‘engagement’. Why is so important and how could it be done better, in the health sphere, but also more widely. This follows our CEO Glenys Thornton attending and speaking at Healthwatch England’s annual conference in Nottingham on the value of engagement.
Bringing you some highlights from across the three areas of our work; social innovation and investment, work with communities and research.
Last week, as part of our EU-funded SI DRIVE project, the Young Foundation opened its doors to experts on health and social care innovation from across the world in order to explore global goals for social innovation in health and social care and how can we build health systems for the future. Read some of the key takeaways from the meeting…
Guest blog by Ed Mayo.
A new guest blog by Vanessa King on 10 Keys to Happier Living.