Wellbeing - it’s about people and planet
Is economic growth alone the route to a better life?
We think not – and we are working to create an alternative.
Definition of wellbeing
Ask a group of people: “What are the key things which contribute to your wellbeing?”
Money – or a livelihood – will be in there as an answer. But so will many other things, including education, health, green space, leisure time and community.
By establishing the components of wellbeing, we can start to guide policies towards improving wellbeing – not just increasing GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
Local wellbeing workshops
We're working in partnership with the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) to develop local participative wellbeing workshops in communities around the country.
More information about this work and resources for running your own workshop can be found here.
The outcomes from these discussions will be used to campaign locally for action to improve wellbeing.
Policy work on wellbeing
We believe tackling inequality, in all its forms, is key to achieving wellbeing.
Read more about our position on inequality and do let us know your views on our ideas for proposals to address it.
Other work on wellbeing
The UK’s Office for National Statistics collates data on wellbeing.
- The wellbeing approach is already being used quite widely by development groups. For example, CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development) has used it to monitor the wellbeing of people living with HIV infection.
The University of Bath Wellbeing & Poverty Pathways project website provides a range of resources. It ran a workshop in May 2013 bringing together representatives from a range of charities. The talks, and additional resources, are available online.