UN SDG 3 - Community Conversation
Last year saw the launch of our series of online Community Conversations to help promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals locally to show how our work enables us to ‘think global and act local.' February’s focus was on UNSDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing. We had an insightful and lively discussion with donors and the community groups we fund on their behalf, bringing people together to discuss local solutions.
We got to hear from a range of local practitioners on their work, challenges and approaches in supporting good health and wellbeing across Northamptonshire from an emotional, mental and physical perspective with a focus on mental health as the conversation took place on Time to Talk Day which focuses on reducing the stigma around mental illness. This included the work and contributions from KHL Big Local, Scotts of Thrapston, Support Northamptonshire, the Happy Hood, Headway East Northants and Outside In Theatre. We heard from our donors, friends and trustees on the challenges of promoting and supporting good health and wellbeing, urgent priorities and the importance of the role of the foundation in providing funds as a place-based grant maker to community groups and charities which are on the frontline of working with residents who need local support to achieve good health and wellbeing.
Each Community Conversation will provide an opportunity to come up with an initial action plan to improve activity and work in helping achieve each UN SDG by 2030. You spoke and we listened. As a result, these are the next actions we will be taking to support work on achieving good health and wellbeing locally. This is our commitment to you.
Northamptonshire Community Foundation commits to the following actions to help achieve UN SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing in Northamptonshire:
Preventative Investment: we will commit to funding projects that support pro-active wellbeing management to help prevent people reaching crisis, including working with young people and children and utilising outdoor spaces otherwise known as the ‘Natural Health Service’.
Direct funding towards specialist counselling services: we will commit to supporting a call for projects that provide specialist counselling services where there are gaps in provision that cover clients’ needs (e.g. brain injury, learning difficulties and disability) across Northamptonshire including rural areas.
Tackling the stigma of mental illness and wellbeing: we will work with donors and partners to break down barriers around mental health and wellbeing especially in the workplace and the private sector including the promotion of a workplace wellbeing charter and work with donors to direct funding and address male mental health and suicide.
Addressing health inequalities: we will work with donors and partners to direct funding towards tackling health inequalities focusing on protected characteristics, vulnerable groups within our communities, residents on a low income or living in a deprived area including access to health and wellbeing support for rural communities.