Intergenerational Deliberations for Long Term Sustainability

Llinos Haf Spencer*, Mary Lynch, Gwenlli Mair Thomas, Rhiannon Tudor Edwards

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Abstract

Grŵp Cynefin, a social housing association in North Wales, United Kingdom (UK) with other partner organisations, had a vision to create a community Hub in the Nantlle Valley to strengthen and support the health and well-being of the local community through the provision of a range of traditional and preventative services. Social prescribing (SP), which is a non-medical support using community assets, would be a part of this new innovative Hub. SP activities would be co-designed and co-produced by current community members. Drawing on the principles of citizens’ assembly deliberations and Future Design, four focus groups (n = 16) were conducted to develop sustainable strategies for SP activities as part of the proposed Hub. Deliberations on the perspectives of future generations were considered along with current community needs. Findings from the focus groups imply that current members of society are open to the concept of taking an inter-generational approach when designing SP activities to address the social and economic needs of the community along with integration of traditional and preventative community health services. Deliberations highlighted that the proposed Hub could strengthen communities and support community health and well-being, by providing a place to socialise and acting as a single point of access for community services, which could promote social cohesion in line with the Well-being for Future Generations (Wales) Act. Applying a long-term thinking approach to citizens’ assembly deliberation design offers a voice to the interests of future generations, providing inter-generational equity.
Original languageEnglish
Article number14-00011
Number of pages16
JournalChallenges
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • social prescribing
  • co-production
  • co-design
  • well-being
  • health equity
  • social determinants of health
  • healthy people programs

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