Community Wellbeing

Community Wellbeing

How does this impact on Community Wellbeing? Without the community support, people who are on their own, new to the neighbourhood, elderly, disabled, etc. can be overlooked. In years gone by there were community events for everyone from grandparents to babies, where people felt part of a community. Today that spirit has gone. Being new to a community can be challenging ... where do you go for help? How do you find your way around? What happens when the local pubs, high streets, and facilities get closed or become to expensive to attend? This is especially true in the rural areas. People move around Scotland, the UK for different reasons, & without community events they find it too difficult to become part of the community. At times when the community faces challenges, it is often those people who are ignored. Living outside the UK, I saw how historically traditional events i.e. flower festivals, local cheese making festivals, brought the community together & motivated people to feel good about themselves & their community. Why should the Committee focus on this as part of their future work? Wellbeing is something that tackles a huge number of health problems, from mental health, illnesses, through to physical health. If communities had local events that reflected on the positive of the community and brought people together; you would see the impact on their general health & wellbeing. It would take time to work, but the long term effects would outweigh the time & initial costs. Go back to the 2nd world war ... the communities stuck together & supported each other.

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Community wellbeing is an outcome - it depends on what else is put in place in a community that improves the sense of belonging and ownership in an area. Wellbeing in general can be improved through the 5 ways to wellbeing - connect with others, learn something new, take notice, be active and give.

people can come along to community events as individuals but feel part of the community and in time get to know people or be in involved but they need to be free events or cost very little

Not sure what this section means. The UK must tackle wellbeing issues and it starts in the communities.

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