We care about the wellbeing of our local communities

That’s why we’ve talked to people across the UK to find out what matters most - and what could be improved - where they live and work. The result is the Community Wellbeing Index.

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What is the Community Wellbeing Index?

The index gives an insight into what’s important to people in a local community. From the quality of education, housing affordability, and public transport - to the amount of green space and the number of community centres.

We spoke to people across the UK about what matters to their communities. We also looked at existing research and other frameworks, and spoke to experts from academia, think tanks, local government and the third sector.

National Average

Seamless Locales data © 2018 Geolytix

The National Average Community Wellbeing score is:

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People
Place
Relationships
The availability of good, accessible, affordable services to help all ages make the most of education and learning opportunities. Find out more
The availability of good, accessible, affordable services to help all ages make the most of education and learning opportunities.
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Education and learning

Access to affordable and inclusive cultural and leisure activities, services and amenities which celebrate the diverse histories of people in the community. Find out more
Access to affordable and inclusive cultural and leisure activities, services and amenities which celebrate the diverse histories of people in the community.
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Culture, heritage and leisure

The state of family, social and community relationships and the impact of any breakdown in trust on issues like crime. Find out more
The state of family, social and community relationships and the impact of any breakdown in trust on issues like crime.
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Relationships and trust

Access to good quality public, voluntary, and social care services that promote physical and mental health in the community. Find out more
Access to good quality public, voluntary, and social care services that promote physical and mental health in the community.
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Health

Access to affordable and sustainable transport and communication networks for everyone, especially those with disabilities. Find out more
Access to affordable and sustainable transport and communication networks for everyone, especially those with disabilities.
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Transport, mobility and connectivity

Equal and fair opportunities for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, religion, colour, age, ability, sexuality, gender, income etc. Services and infrastructure in place to promote equality, equity and fairness. Find out more
Equal and fair opportunities for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, religion, colour, age, ability, sexuality, gender, income etc. Services and infrastructure in place to promote equality, equity and fairness.
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Equality

Services and infrastructure in place to promote a sustainable, ethical, inclusive economy that meets the needs of local people. Find out more
Services and infrastructure in place to promote a sustainable, ethical, inclusive economy that meets the needs of local people.
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Economy, work and employment

Affordable, secure, quality housing, a safe and clean surrounding environment, and well-kept, accessible and inclusive public spaces for people of all ages. Find out more
Affordable, secure, quality housing, a safe and clean surrounding environment, and well-kept, accessible and inclusive public spaces for people of all ages.
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Housing, space and environment

Democratic governance and decision-making mechanisms in place to allow people to express themselves and take either individual or collective action to improve the local community and beyond. Find out more
Democratic governance and decision-making mechanisms in place to allow people to express themselves and take either individual or collective action to improve the local community and beyond.
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Voice and participation

How we measure wellbeing

Our research identified nine areas that matter for community wellbeing. These areas are grouped into people, places and relationships.

People

  • Education and learning

    The availability of good, accessible, affordable services to help all ages make the most of education and learning opportunities.

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  • Health

    Access to good quality public, voluntary, and social care services that promote physical and mental health in the community.

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  • Economy, work and employment

    Services and infrastructure in place to promote a sustainable, ethical, inclusive economy that meets the needs of local people.

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Place

  • Culture, heritage and leisure

    Access to affordable and inclusive cultural and leisure activities, services and amenities which celebrate the diverse histories of people in the community.

    Find out more
  • Transport, mobility and connectivity

    Access to affordable and sustainable transport and communication networks for everyone, especially those with disabilities.

    Find out more
  • Housing, space and environment

    Affordable, secure, quality housing, a safe and clean surrounding environment, and well-kept, accessible and inclusive public spaces for people of all ages.

    Find out more

Relationships

  • Relationships and trust

    The state of family, social and community relationships and the impact of any breakdown in trust on issues like crime.

    Find out more
  • Equality

    Equal and fair opportunities for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, religion, colour, age, ability, sexuality, gender, income etc. Services and infrastructure in place to promote equality, equity and fairness.

    Find out more
  • Voice and participation

    Democratic governance and decision-making mechanisms in place to allow people to express themselves and take either individual or collective action to improve the local community and beyond.

    Find out more

Get involved in your community

Choose a cause

If you’re a Co-op member, sign in to choose which local cause you want to support.

Contact your Member Pioneer

Member Pioneers build relationships between local causes, Co-op members, colleagues and the wider community, bringing people together to do what matters most in their area. You can contact your nearest Member Pioneer here.

Tools and resources

If you’ve got an idea to benefit your local community, use these tools and resources to help you with campaigning, community engagement and creating social change.

 

Real Stories

Examples of people coming together to build better, healthier and happier places for everyone.

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