By Helen Carroll, Director of Community Strategy and Activation
This week, we launched our updated Community Wellbeing Index (CWI) which we believe can be used by local communities across the UK to help them flourish.
The Index gives an insight into what’s important to people in their local communities – from the quality of education, housing affordability, and public transport to the amount of green space and the number of community centres in an area. It brings together more than 80 data sources to measure the conditions for wellbeing in every local community in the UK.
Although many communities are clearly facing a range of challenges, the Index shows that all places, even so-called “failing towns”, have features and assets that can support wellbeing. In fact, the “worst” places to live in the UK according to a recent survey outperform other communities on some key wellbeing areas in the CWI – you can read more here.
I attended the launch of the Index, which was held in Parliament on Tuesday and hosted by one of Co-op’s Non-Executive Director’s, Lord Victor Adebowale. Steve Murrells introduced the Index to over 30 MPs – really putting co-operation and the Index in front of key national and local decision makers and raising awareness of the CWI as a tool to understand what matters to wellbeing in more than 28,000 communities.
In true co-operative spirit we’re keen for the CWI to be used by the government, local authorities, community groups and people who want to make a difference in their local communities to better understand what’s important in different communities and the areas to focus action.
You can see how your community’s wellbeing rates here.