Community wellbeing: policy context

In recent years policy has increasingly embraced the idea of wellbeing, moving away from a narrow definition of health towards one which includes social and emotional factors. Numerous white papers, statements and strategies aim at improving Scotland's wellbeing, including the Mental Health Strategy for Scotland 2012-15, Equally Well, 2008 and the Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) wellbeing indicator set.

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act became law in July 2015.  The aim of the bill is to "make it easier for communities to have their voices heard, to take ownership over local land and buildings, to shape local services and to have more influence over the decisions that affect their area".  Community empowerment can have an impact on a range of outcomes in the Government’s National Performance Framework.   

The Scottish Government has also set a number of community targets in Scotland Performs (the means by which progress towards the National Performance Framework is being measured).