How does this impact on Community Wellbeing? The fundamentals of supportive relationships, confidence and self-esteem are the foundations on which individual and community-led change are driven. Nine years of Inspiring Scotland's community-based Link Up programme has illustrated that these motivate and enable a person to self-manage improvements in their own and their family's health and wellbeing, to access support and address the wider determinants of health and wellbeing. Furthermore, they act to catalyse community activism and collective action where local people feel a sense of belonging to their community, look out for each other and seek to tackle the local health and wellbeing issues that matter to them. Why should the Committee focus on this as part of their future work? In order to sustain long-term improvements in individual and community wellbeing, local people need to be at the heart of the process. However, they require support, but this aspect of community focused work is significantly under-invested in. The Committee can play a pivotal role in advocating for financial support for local third sector bodies to play this role.
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