We believe well-being to be a holistic term that includes positive mental health, good physical health and eating habits, as well as strong social networks.
Our most recent work in this area are the final results from the National Evaluation of the Well-being Programme in England. This video describes some of the headline findings and our Evaluating Well-being web pages provide more detail about the impact of the Programme on all areas of well-being.
Our current programmes related to well-being include the Impact of Alcohol programme in Northern Ireland, the Improving Futures programme supporting families with multiple and complex problems across the UK, and Life Changes in Scotland, and Well-being in England.
Making sustained improvements to people's well-being helps them to deal with challenges in their lives. More widely, it helps to reduce inequalities in health. The evaluation of our Well-being programme in England focuses on the effectiveness of projects in making these changes.
Some project examples:
- Food and fitness: increasing access to healthy eating and physical activity for people with learning disabilities.
- Healthy Transitions: improving the personal and social well-being of young people.
Well-being projects have increased individual and community empowerment. Read practical examples explaining how
‘My confidence has increased massively – I now have a reason to get up in the morning.’
Read our findings about the importance of volunteering for individual well-being
We developed the one of the most comprehensive set of well-being measurement tools for our well-being evaluation.
Find out more about well-being related programmes
Depression reduced, life satisfaction up
Our Well-being evaluation: for the first time standardised measures of well-being are building a picture of levels of well-being in England across key areas of well-being. We already have exciting findings to learn from and share with grant holders and policy makers.
The importance of character
We supported Demos to undertake a Character Inquiry to build understanding about how character can affect well-being and social mobility.
Please contact us to find out more.