Health and Wellbeing
Sligo Vision For Community Wellbeing
Wellbeing is an increasingly common term that can describe wider conditions than good physical and mental health, which we need as individual and communities to have a better quality of life, a healthier environment and increased prosperity.
Some of these are things that we can easily measure, like the number of pre-school places, or the speed with which an ambulance can get to a sick person. Others are less easily measured, such as our pride of place, our heritage and the way in which we all look after each other. All aspects of wellbeing are connected to each other.
What is Community Wellbeing?
The Vision for Community Wellbeing acts as a guiding vision for everything done by the network. It’s a benchmark for PPN Representatives and the Secretariat – feeding into policy decisions and planning activities. It’s a shared vision for the well-being of our communities for this and future generations.
Personal wellbeing is defined as when our “basic needs are met, …people have a sense of purpose, … they feel able to achieve important goals, to participate in society and to live the lives that they value and have reason to value” (National Economic and Social Council, 2009). It’s also directly linked to physical and mental health.
So, a community with high wellbeing would be one where all people have:
- a strong sense of belonging and identity;
- opportunities to work individually and together for the common good;
- are able to support each other through different life stages;
- access the services they need;
- live in a positive environment;
- and are able to participate in the making the decisions that affect them.
Since our actions have impacts for the future, this involves considering the wellbeing of future generations as well as ourselves
To inform the development of Sligo PPN’s Vision for Community Wellbeing, extensive consultations were carried out to encourage as many member groups as possible to take part.
To inform the development of the PPN’s Vision for Community Wellbeing, extensive consultations were carried out to encourage as many member groups as possible to take part. This document sets out all the inputs received during these consultations.
Thematic Issues Document
This document sets out the principal themes and significant issues raised by the Sligo community that need to be addressed within the County. It pulls together all the inputs received in relation to each of these issues in order to more fully describe the relevant policy needs.
This information session is an introduction to some of the core content of our wellbeing consultation.
Dr Harriet Emerson gives an overview of key findings and explores with us how the data can be used by groups and organisations to support funding applications, strategic planning and programme development.