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The role of community assets in improving health + well-being in later life

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G306B Jean Macfarlane Building

University of Manchester

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Manchester

M13 9PL

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Policymakers across the world are becoming increasingly interested in improving health and well-being by creating a more inclusive community-based society. In 2010, the UK government stressed the need for a ‘Big Society’; one where individuals engage more with the facilities in their local community. The aim was to reduce inequalities and improve health and well-being, with a focus on localism, devolution, volunteerism and social enterprise.

One important aspect of the Big Society were ‘Community Assets’. A community asset is: “…the collective resources which individuals and communities have at their disposal, which protect against negative health outcomes and promote health status”. Examples of community assets include charity, voluntary or community groups. These community assets can lead to an increase in social inclusion and a decrease in loneliness, which have both been associated with better health.

In this afternoon of short talks we will hear the academic theory and evidence which supports a community asset approach, alongside some real examples of where this is taking place in Salford. We will finish by presenting evidence, based on the CLASSIC cohort, on the effectiveness of community assets at improving health and well-being, and leading to a net societal benefit.

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  • Prof Pete Bower – Professor of Health Services Research, University of Manchester
  • Bernadette Elder – Chief Executive Officer of Inspiring Communities Together
  • Dr Luke Munford – Research Fellow in Health Economics, University of Manchester
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