Libraries, public organisations and practitioners across Scotland are collaborating on Creative Words for Wellbeing in Scotland, a new project using reading and writing to improve the health of the nation. Our Project Co-ordinator Ruth Stevenson will be writing about the project over the coming months, and we’re delighted today to present her first blog.
My role as Project Co-ordinator is very much one of evidence gathering: collecting and collating existing evidence, useful information and a range of personal opinions to help us to develop an action plan for the future of Creative Words for Wellbeing in Scotland.
During summer 2019 I will be working on Phase 1, collating the existing literature on the subject and undertaking telephone interviews with a range of relevant stakeholders to find out what they think we need to do next. This Phase will set the scene for the rest of the project by bringing together what we know already as well as helping me to find out what we don’t know, risks, challenges, and issues that we need to iron out or discuss further.
With the benefit of this focus, Phase 2 will include undertaking a survey and mapping exercise to identify and document the breadth of Words for Wellbeing activity taking place in Scotland at the moment.
If you are a provider of Creative Words for Wellbeing services, we’d like to ask you to complete our survey.
We’d would like to ask you about your experience of Creative Words for Wellbeing to date along with your views on what we could do in the future, to help us to work towards a jointly owned vision and action plan.
The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete and to thank you for your time we will invite you to enter a prize draw to win a £50 Hive voucher. The survey will be open until 14 October 2019.
Here is the link to the survey along with more information about the background and administration of this project.
Please forward this link on to anyone else that this might be relevant to.
Once we have gathered this range of contextual information and have a snapshot of the current Words for Wellbeing landscape locally we will be in a position to think about what happens next.
In Autumn 2019 we will be holding a series of round table events across the country to create and discuss a collective vision for the future of Creative Words for Wellbeing in Scotland – along with an action plan – which might include creating a national network providing opportunities for support and collaboration cross-sectorally.
Please do watch this space as I will use it to provide updates on the project as well as it progresses, and ways that you can get involved.