Developing the Edinburgh Wellbeing Pact

Since we started developing the Edinburgh Wellbeing Pact in 2020, we’ve been working hard to partner in a more collaborative way with the people of Edinburgh, and the voluntary and independent sector, and grow a culture that puts people’s wellbeing at the heart of our decision making. Encouraging and supporting people to look after their health and lifestyle as best they can and setting out what people can expect from the services we provide.

In the midst of the pandemic, we used a range of different approaches to find out what health and care means to the people of Edinburgh and our partners.

Speaking to the people of Edinburgh

Between June to September of 2020, we:

  • interviewed 23 city leaders from the third sector, public sector, elected members, Board members, academia and private sector
  • held 12 focus groups with 84 frontline colleagues and practitioners
  • ran a public survey which received 356 responses
  • held 11 diverse community of interest groups, including BAME, faith groups and people with specific health conditions
  • joined eight voluntary sector forum meetings with 191 participants.

What does health mean to you?

“Picturing Health” was also commissioned with partner agency Media Education.  This activity used Photovoice methodology to invite people to take photographs of what health and care meant to them.   115 images were submitted, creating a rich tapestry of images and these were exhibited at Waverley Station with a view to provoking further conversations and interest in developing the Edinburgh Pact.

A collage of photos from the photo voice exhibition at Edinburgh Waverley.