Who is responsible for encouraging good community wellbeing?

Who is responsible for encouraging good community wellbeing?

How can we encourage a community to have good wellbeing? Who supports wellbeing in your community? Who is responsible? Who should be responsible for community wellbeing? Is it GPs and health professionals, local councils, the voluntary sector, the communities themselves? Who should the Committee speak to about improving community wellbeing in Scotland? Join the conversation below or add your own idea by clicking the orange light bulb button on the bottom right of the page!

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Responsible for good well-being: Everyone who participates in the community: people and organisations: People are responsible for their own health and wellbeing. A community knows its own issues through lived experience + personal history- individual and as a community. Media, private sector, housing associations, community education, grass roots organisations also responsible. National and local government for implementation.

Funding for groups/Council. Due to the government cuts of austerity councils have less money to spend on disability funding. Having less opportunities to get support/respite can be really stressful for parents & carers & the kids suffer. I attended a group for mums with a creche that built my self confidence but when they lost funding I couldn’t go. It was very therapeutic, you could do arts & crafts, learn mindfulness & life coaching & make yourself a coffee & have a chat & not feel so alone.

Funding for groups/councils. Due to the government cuts of austerity councils have less money to spend on disability funding and so having less opportunities to get support/respite can be really stressful for parents/carers/kids suffer. I attended a group for mums with a creche that built my self confidence but when they lost funding I couldn’t go. It was very therapeutic, you could do arts & crafts, learn mindfulness & life coaching & make yourself a coffee & have a chat & not feel so alone.

We are all responsible for this. From us as individuals to community groups, local organisatons, local councils and government!

We feel that all of the above are responsible for wellbeing. GPs, health professionals, local councils, the voluntary sector and the communities themselves. Allowing communities to have a bigger part in making their community Supporting the community to build themselves

Everyone is responsible for community wellbeing but government has the primary responsibility in enabling people to act effectively to this end. Wellbeing should not be framed within a medical model. It is not about treating illness. It is about enabling people to fulfill their potential. Democratic renewal could go a long way to achieving this. There is a body of theory and many practice examples of how this can be addressed. Scottish Universities teach Community Education the ideas are there.

As a community councillor I feel responsible for local well-being, but the community councils have no role in this, and no authority. Who else could possibly take any responsibility? No-one.

We don't think that services should come in and tell people what they want.

Instead of Cutting CLD services focus on developing them. CLD services are the first to get cut in every government cutbacks

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