Health and Wellbeing Toolkit

A series of factsheets have been developed to help voluntary and community groups better plan and measure the difference they make to health and wellbeing. They are simple introductions to their topic but refer readers onto other sources of advice and support. They can be used in sequence or stand alone and Steve Place at Bournemouth CVS can give you advice and support in using them within your own organisation.

Factsheet 1: What is Health and Wellbeing? After reading this you should be able to define health and wellbeing. The sheet summarises definitions of health and wellbeing and looks at a dynamic model of wellbeing and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

Factsheet 2: Improving Health and Wellbeing. After reading this you should be able to define how your work is making a difference to people’s health and wellbeing and be ready to plan for it. The sheets defines the difference between inputs, outputs, outcomes and impact and suggests a simple method to use when planning the differences your work will make.

Factsheet 3a: Five Ways to Wellbeing. After reading this you should understand the Five Ways to Wellbeing model and be able to use it to plan your work. This sheet is an introduction to 5 Ways and gives an example of how a charity shop can describe the contribution it makes to health and wellbeing using the model.

Factsheet 3b: Planning Triangle. After reading this you should be able to use this tool to help plan your work. This sheet introduces this simple but popular planning tool with a suggested process including a blank trainable to complete.

Factsheet 3c: Other Planning Tools. After reading this you should be able to decide whether to use a Logic Model or Theory of Change to help you plan your work. A simple introduction to these two, slightly more complex, planning tools.

Factsheet 4: Measuring what you do. After reading this you should be ready to measure your work. This sheet sets out some reasons for measuring the difference you make and how you might go about it. It also highlights some issue and considerations you should think about such as the difference between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’, sampling and confidentiality.

Factsheet 5a: Suggested Outcome Measures. After reading this you should be able to decide which existing measurement tools to use. This sheet introduces some simple questions used in national surveys about health and wellbeing as well as more detailed ones on exercise, alcohol and social interaction. It also signposts readers to some packages of tools developed for the sector.

Factsheet 5b: WEMWBS. After reading this you should be able to decide whether to use WEMWBS. This sheet introduces readers to this this increasing common tool used to measure mental wellbeing.

Factsheet 6: What will you do with your data? After reading this you should be better able to make use of the data you have collected to you show your work has made a difference. This sheet give you some ideas about analysing an interpreting your data to see what it is telling you. It also gives some ideas on how to broadcast the findings and use them to improve your service.

Dorset Community Action has developed a number of tools that groups can use including: