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What can we learn from Wellbeing 2?

3 May 2016

Wellbeing-blog-picThroughout this week we are going to be taking a closer look at the issue of wellbeing, as today we publish the evaluation of the Wellbeing 2 funding (England). We will be focusing on the three areas where Wellbeing 2 funding concentrated; physical activity, mental wellbeing and healthy eating.


So what was Wellbeing 2?

A £40 million investment between 2013 and 2015. This supported 200 projects across England. Around 810,000 people took part in activities targeting three key areas: physical activity, healthy eating, mental wellbeing. Three months after linking up with a project, a 41% increase in the number of adults taking part in some ‘vigorous activity’, a 43% increase of adults said they had made positive changes to their eating habits because of a project, 54% of young people reported positive changes in their mental wellbeing.


The funding was distributed through 14 ‘portfolios’ (collections of projects). The 14 portfolios were:

Let’s Get Cooking led by Children’s Food Trust

Time to Change led by Mind

Food for Life Partnership led by The Soil Association

Chances4Change led by Portsmouth City Council

Activate London led by Peabody Trust

Well London led by Greater London Authority

Fit as a Fiddle led by Age UK

North West Networks for Healthy Living Partnerships led by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Altogether Better led by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Active Travel Consortium led by Sustrans

Target:Wellbeing (NW) led by Groundwork UK

Healthy Transitions led by Foyer Federation

Live Well in the South West led by Westbank Healthy Living in the South West

Enable East led by North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


We’ve refreshed the health and wellbeing research webpages on our website, to support projects working in this area (or those who would like to in the future).

From 1pm on Thursday, we are hosting a live chat on our Community. If you have questions or queries, we have experts from inside and outside Big Lottery Fund who might have some of the answers.

Keep an eye out across our social media platforms this week, #wellbeing, for some of the lessons and the stories we have to share. Let us know what you’ve learned from your own work; we’d love to hear your achievements, whether you’re a Wellbeing 2 project or not. Use the hashtag to share your experiences, but find out more about Wellbeing 2 and this week’s activities email

In the meantime, hear from Anna (from West Cumbria) and Alan (from Exeter) about how Wellbeing 2’s Fit as Fiddle helped them.



If you missed it…

Our blog on physical activity can be found here.

Our blog on mental wellbeing can be found here.

Our blog on healthy eating can be found here.

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