7.1 Adopt the five ways to wellbeing in everything we do.

  • The five ways to wellbeing, developed by the New Economics Foundation, reflects the kinds of behaviour that people can undertake , and which academic evidence suggests may lead to improvements in their mental health and wellbeing.  The five are:
    • Connect
    • Be Active
    • Take Notice
    • Keep learning
    • Give
  • Organisations should adopt the five ways to wellbeing as a set of shared indicator values, and a framework for diagnosing, organising and measuring social inclusion initiatives to promote wellbeing, providing clear watermark levels for action and prioritisation.
  • There is a need to develop initiatives that enact to the five ways to wellbeing.  For example:
  • Social prescribing – moving from medicalising the human experience and solutions to it, to socialising issues like loneliness and exclusion through befriending, peer solutions, and user groups
  • Co-production and user led design of our shared spaces and assets i.e. allotments – for food production; problem solution: meeting local need; education
  • Time banks– giving to get back, enhancing employability through volunteering and giving; providing additional support for those putting in through whatever assets they have.