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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

It’s getting to be a habit…but not quite yet

Date: February 20 2013

Posted by: Peter Gerry

Today the latest set of statistics on obesity, physical activity and diet were released. They paint an all too familiar picture. Levels of obesity are rising, and levels of physical activity continue to decline – despite last summer’s sporting successes. The Young Foundation outlined many of these issues in our report Move It, released last... Find out more

Community spirit and caring nature of Brits is reassuring

Date: January 29 2013

Posted by: Mark Williamson

What are your most important values? You may not have been asked this question before, but it’s a very significant one. Our values shape every aspect of our lives; they determine what we care about, how we behave and what we prioritise. Perhaps your list would include honesty, achievement or independence? Or maybe trust, fairness... Find out more

Neglectful Britain?

Date: January 04 2013

Posted by: Nina Mguni, Peter Gerry

How should we look after our ageing population and who should bear the weight of responsibility? Norman Lamb in his interview in The Daily Telegraph and Sarah Dittum in her response in Comment is Free, The Guardian both tackle the view that communities are neglectful of their ageing neighbours but with opposing answers At The... Find out more

Bringing Positive Psychology to the Streets of Jaffna

Date: October 10 2012

Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

Armed with ten thousand postcards with happy smiling faces printed on them, a team of counsellors, psychosocial workers and I are hitting the streets of the Jaffna, Sri Lanka on a busy Wednesday morning. Our aim is to raise awareness about positive mental health and wellbeing. Today is World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2012, an... Find out more

Let’s go fly a kite

Date: October 01 2012

Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

The skies above Galle Face Green, Colombo were full of handmade multi-coloured kites. Nothing unusual in this sight, as a long standing tradition and favourite pastime for families to come and spend hours flying their kites, eating ice cream, and walking along the beach at weekends. But this day is slightly different. The day is... Find out more

Can we make IT work in the NHS? I believe we can.

Date: August 08 2012

Posted by: Dr Marcia Brophy

Technology adoption in the NHS has been an issue that has been studied by many of the great in health - including Professor Trish Greenhalgh, Alasdair Liddell, and countless others in the years past. The challenges that IT brings is similar to other challenges that NHS organisations face: lack of resources/money, leadership, communication within the organisation, risk aversion, lack of training... and list goes on. (In fact, there is a comprehensive list on p.29 of NHS Institute for Innovation's report from September 2009.)

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Community Activism: Making Change Happen

Date: July 31 2012

Posted by: Mhairi Aylott

Our Building Local Activism programme, funded by The Big Lottery Fund, is supporting communities to develop their capability to instigate and sustain local activism, gaining power and influence over the decisions that affect them. One aspect of Building Local Activism is scaling up models of community activism that have already proven successful, to promote them across a wider scope.

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In a recession, does wellbeing matter?

Date: July 24 2012

Posted by: Nina Mguni

This morning the Office for National Statistics published its first findings from the national wellbeing index. The prominence of this index marks a significant shift in the value we place on, and indeed the way we measure, social progress. This is an important first attempt at moving away from understanding social progress in material terms to take a broader account of the attributes that add up to life satisfaction.

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