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Health & Well-being

What would our community look like if everyone was able to flourish and thrive, that they felt connected, satisfied with services and able to cope with whatever knocks they encounter? This section will take a justice approach to reflecting on health and well-being and propose ways for people to thrive - not just survive - as members of Sustainable Communities now and for future generations.​

Visioning Questions

What are we already doing to promote health and wellbeing in our community? 

 

What would our community look like if we were to be successful in achieving health and wellbeing for all our citizens and the environment?

 

What would it look like for:

 

  • for children

  • for older people

  • for parents

  • for anyone with access issues 

  • for other groups who often are excluded.

In order to achieve a vision of a community supporting all its citizens to flourish as a result of positive health and wellbeing, what would need to change:

  • within our natural environment

  • in public spaces

  • within our schools

  • in our shops and services

  • at policy level

  • any other change needed?

Activity Idea
 

In small groups of 3 – 4 people, go into the community and draw a map of the area – identify and draw on the map the spaces in your area where:
 

  • People feel safe

  • People feel afraid

  • People feel relaxed

  • People connect with others

  • Spaces that enable reflection

  • Peaceful spaces

  • Busy spaces

  • Spaces that are inaccessible for buggies and wheelchairs, or anyone who has access difficulties

  • Spaces where there are different kinds of people meeting (e.g. young/ old/ diverse backgrounds/ men/ women/ etc.)

Bring the findings from the maps together, and draw one big map of the area, merging all the ideas. Display this somewhere prominent in the community, e.g. community centre or the local health centre.

Further Links

Check out the merging wellbeing work from the EPA: http://epa.ie/irelandsenvironment/environmentandwellbeing 


Community gardens network: 
http://cgireland.org 

 

This ‘Prosperous Wales’ document looks at the Future Generations Act with some excellent ideas within it: 
https://futuregenerations.wales/about-us/future-generations-act/ 

 

An interesting perspective on Burnout from the Irish Times:
https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/burnt-out-relax-we-ve-been-exhausted-for-centuries-1.3213153 

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