Thank you for signing up to the LGiU’s Wellbeing and Fun Policy theme.
We want to build an online community of stakeholders to help us champion the services, institutions and activities that make a locality an enjoyable place to live. Fun isn’t trivial – libraries, community sport, arts development, leisure centres and parks are the lifeblood of a community and the bonds we build through engaging culture and leisure activities are durable and resilient. But these services, some of which are discretionary, find themselves under intense pressure in these straitened financial times.
We want your views on how we should shape our programme.
- What issues do you think the LGiU should try to address in our work this year?
- Do you have any stories about new and innovative ways to deliver universal services in difficult financial times?
What we’ve been up to:
- Published a blog post: New Year’s Resolutions on Getting Fit, Can Councils Help Us to Keep Them?
- Attended the launch of the King’s Fund Report for the District Councils Network: The District Council Contribution to Public Health.
- We published a report on community pubs and the role of the local authority in supporting them: Public Houses: How councils and communities can save pubs
- We have been involved in evaluating the Big Lunch and highlighting some of the benefits to communities. The Big Lunch: Feeding the Community Spirit
- Our #spacerace campaigns showcased the diversity of fun buildings and spaces in the municipal landscape
We’ve also published a number of briefings (available to LGiU Members only):
- What does the spending review and new sports strategy have in store for community sport?
- Sport and mental health: tackling stigma and promoting community well-being
- Sporting Future: a new strategy for an active future
The LGiU is working to five policy themes in 2016. This is the January roundup for Wellbeing and Fun. You can also sign up for updates from our other themes.