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THE 2022 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
22 October - 13 November
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What is community wellbeing? An interactive map-making session for all ages and abilities

People walking and jogging in a local park

My local area theme

What’s on offer?

In this participatory, interactive event, the Centre for Urban Wellbeing from the University of Birmingham will host an all-ages community wellbeing mapping session. The event will invite individuals, families, younger and older people to contribute their ideas, imagery, photos, drawings, and recordings to a giant community wellbeing map, to identify and place (virtually or physically) these important ideas, objects, transactions and activities which together reflect community wellbeing. It is an open, drop-in session - so anyone in the local area can just drop by and participate.

A range of age-appropriate, and accessible, art ‘draw, write, tell’ materials for adding to the map will be available to anyone who would like to participate.

What’s it about?

The term community wellbeing has been described as the “combination of social, economic, environmental, cultural, and political conditions identified by individuals and their communities as essential for them to flourish and fulfil their potential”.  But what does that look like from a community-member perspective? What are those social activities, those economic resources, cultural events, spaces or places that reflect a sense of community wellbeing and belonging in a local area? How do they take shape in a place?

Centre for Urban Wellbeing members will be on hand to talk with community members and facilitate reflection on defining and describing community wellbeing through questions like: What does wellbeing mean in your community? Who’s involved in creating wellbeing where you live? What does it look like, for you? What are the most important resources you have that help wellbeing grow in your community?

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Rebecca Johnson - Researcher at the Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham

Open to

This is a drop-in session open to all

Scheduling information

Feel free to stop by during the day