The Health & Wellbeing Board brings together the NHS, public health, adult social care and children’s services, including elected representatives from the County and District Councils, Hertfordshire Healthwatch and the Police and Crime Commissioner, to plan how best to meet the needs of Hertfordshire’s population and tackle local inequalities in health.
Services within Hertfordshire are working together to use the Five ways to wellbeing developed by the new economics foundation (nef). Based on the latest scientific evidence, nef has created a set of five simple actions that can be adopted to improve everyday wellbeing.
What do we mean by wellbeing?
"Well-being is a dynamic state in which the individual is able to develop their potential, work productively and creatively, build strong and positive relationships with others, and contribute to their community. It is enhanced when an individual is able to fulfil their personal and social goals and achieve a sense of purpose in their society.” (F.Huppert, 2008)
Wherever an individual lives, whatever their age, social or personal situation, research shows that there are ways to improve personal wellbeing. Improving wellbeing has a direct link not only to feeling better, but also functioning better. It helps with physical health, such as performance at work or school, and quality of life.
The Five ways to wellbeing are to:
- Be active
- Take Notice
- Keep Learning
Each action can be undertaken individually or collectively as part of everyday activity.
Download the Five Ways to Wellbeing leaflet.
Five Ways to Wellbeing: Toolkit for working with young people in Hertfordshire is for anyone working or engaging with young people in Hertfordshire. It explains why improving young peoples' wellbeing is important and introduces practical ideas for using the Five Ways to Wellbeing when working with young people.
For more information and to order printed Five Ways to Wellbeing resources, contact FiveWaystoWellbeing@hertfordshire.gov.uk
Hertfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board unveiled plans to create a “Cultural First Aid kit” for Hertfordshire residents at its annual stakeholder conference on 4 June. The Cultural First Aid Kit will be launched during Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020.
It is a free online resource of activities created by artists, musicians and therapists for people to carry out themselves with the aim of restoring health and wellbeing. The kit will also be a useful tool for carers, activity co-ordinators, occupational and speech therapists, support workers and volunteers in hospitals and care homes. The kit will be based on a model developed by the Arts for Wellbeing Programme at Whitworth and Manchester Museum, University of Manchester.
Held at Hatfield House, the conference was themed around “Culture and Wellbeing” as part of the lead up to Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020. Two hundred delegates, representing local government, health, voluntary and cultural sectors as well as members of the public, attended the event.