Thank you to everyone who attended a Wellbeing Workshop at the end of last month.
It was really interesting to hear everyone’s views on what makes for wellbeing, both on an individual and community level.
Our facilitators, Dr Larch Maxey of the Network of Wellbeing and Richard Dyer of Friends of the Earth UK, were impressed with the numbers attending and the contributions made.
So what do we do now having captured lots of good ideas and enthusiasm for change? The idea is to follow up on the suggestions people voted as most important.
Some of these will be quite challenging. For example, sorting out the sewage problems and ensuring our seawater and beaches are clean was one of the top desired outcomes from both Ramsey and Peel. This is not an easy problem for a small group of people to solve but it is certainly one we can highlight to our local authorities and central Government.
Other threads will be easier to take action on. For example, there was a lot of concern around food issues. This covered food security, supporting local producers and educating our children about healthy food and self-sufficiency.
Elsewhere on this page, there is a list of local organisations and websites who are involved in addressing some of these very issues. So there is not always a need to start new initiatives – simply to connect people with others who are already working in this area to share ideas and resources.
Another topic that was raised at every workshop was housing and energy efficiency. Bearing in mind that most of the current housing stock will still be in use 20-30 years from now, it seems we have a lot to do to make them better insulated and less energy intensive. Doing this on an individual house basis may be prohibitively expensive for some – so can we find a way to improve whole terraces, streets, estates or areas all at the same time to enjoy economies of scale?
All those who attended a workshop will be invited back to a follow up meeting to take these ideas – and many others – forward and decide on local priorities. If you weren’t able to come to a workshop last time but would like to be involved, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to see you next time!
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