April 2019

First Living Wage city announcedFirst Living Wage city announced

Dundee has become the first city in the UK to be awarded recognition for a plan to become a Living Wage City. An alliance of prominent employers in Dundee have launched an ambitious Action Plan in partnership with Living Wage Scotland. They become the first city to adopt a new, place-based approach to driving uptake of the real Living Wage by local businesses. The Trust has been delighted to support Living Wage Scotland and the Living Wage Foundation in developing the Living Wage places scheme over the past two years

A year of kindness innovationA year of kindness innovation

On 28th March, the Trust held the final event of its Kindness Innovation Network (KIN). The event was opened by Christina McKelvie MSP, Minister for Older People and Equalities, and provided the opportunity to reflect on the learning from KIN, with the help of four ‘keynote listeners’ from across the UK and Ireland (Cormac Russell, ABCD Institute; Katherine Trebeck, WeAll; Robin Banerjee, Sussex University; and Steve Cranston, Office of the Future Generations Commissioner). We look forward to sharing all that we have learnt about the challenges and complexities of encouraging kindness in communities and organisations when we publish the final report on KIN in the next few months.

Learning from Cardiff to CraigavonLearning from Cardiff to Craigavon

Sharing learning on complex issues across jurisdictions can be really important. Last month our Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland project participants took part in a study visit to Wales to learn more about how legislation is helping to improve wellbeing in Wales. With different approaches, but similar statutory duties, there is much policymakers and practitioners in Northern Ireland and Wales can learn much from each other. We were delighted to work with the Bevan Foundation to develop a two-day programme, which included meeting the First Minster of Wales and the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. Click here for more information.

Wellbeing at WestminsterWellbeing at Westminster

On 15 May 2019, we’re celebrating the publication of the open access book Wellbeing and Devolution: Reframing the Role of Governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland by our Head of Policy Jennifer Wallace, with an event at the House of Commons sponsored by Jo Swinson MP. The event will provide an opportunity for MPs and key stakeholders in England to ask questions of those involved in developing the wellbeing agenda in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and to discuss if the frameworks in place represent a genuine attempt to think differently about how devolved government can plan and organise public services.

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Celebrating Stiglitz-Sen-FitoussiCelebrating Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi

What difference does a decade make? To mark the ten-year anniversary of the publication of the Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, the Trust is publishing a series of blogs which outline the approach taken to measuring and improving wellbeing by different governments, organisations and initiatives around the world. With two blogs published in the series so far, read more about the Commission’s legacy, the successes and challenges of designing public services for citizens’ wellbeing, and our bloggers’ hopes for the future.

Trust welcomes Online Harms White Paper

The UK Government launched its new proposals in April to tackle online harm. The Trust has welcomed the White Paper, in particular we are pleased that the Government is recommending a statutory duty of care, enforced by a regulator – in line with our proposals. We’ll be studying the White Paper in depth and responding to the consultation. To find out more about our Harm Reduction project, including a new animation and a comprehensive report, you can visit our project page.

Next Phase of Engaging Libraries Announced
Next Phase of Engaging Libraries Announced

The Trust is delighted to be working in partnership with the Wellcome Trust and the Wolfson Foundation for a new round of the pioneering Engaging Libraries funding programme for UK public libraries, opening later this year. The programme will support public libraries across the UK to deliver public engagement projects with research in health, culture and society, and to foster partnerships between public libraries and researchers. In the meantime, we’ve published Engaging Libraries: Learning from Phase 1, outlining learning and reflections from the programme’s first phase and showcasing creative ways to spark debate and curiosity among library users on themes such as body image, death and neuroscience.

Put yourself on the Creativity MapPut yourself on the Creativity Map

In the late 1980’s, a growing number of amateur arts umbrella bodies began to voice the need for a central network to represent and support local arts and crafts groups across the UK and Ireland, as the level of public funding representation for such groups was minimal. The Trust was proud to support the development of this network.

Now, Voluntary Arts are crowd-sourcing the first ever ‘creativity map’ for the UK. There is a wealth of creativity in local communities and there are countless groups and activities bringing people together regularly to do amazing creative things. The creativity map aims to make these more visible and make it easier for people to find a group for them. Why not have a look at listing your own

Connecting credit unions and Scotland’s work force

Connecting credit unions and Scotland’s work force

With in-work poverty on the rise, and 1 in 4 households without any savings, the Trust is working with a partnership of credit unions which aims to help more people in Scotland join a credit union via their employer. We showcased the learning from the project partners, the Credit Union Consortium, at a Scottish Parliament event hosted by Linda Fabiani MSP in March. The project’s Employer Engagement Officer, Graeme Mullin, spoke about his frontline experiences of signing workplaces up to the scheme, and we were joined by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government Aileen Campbell MSP, to discuss how we can bolster the credit union and community lending sector to deliver more affordable credit options to the people of Scotland.


New Carnegie UK Trust-RSA partnership to focus on job quality and Productivity
New Carnegie UK Trust-RSA partnership to focus on job quality and Productivity

There is considerable debate about how to fix the UK’s ‘productivity puzzle.’ But there is a lack of debate about the choices employers face in making work more efficient while also providing good quality jobs and employment conditions. The Carnegie UK Trust and the RSA are convening a new Expert Group to examine these issues and better understand the links between job quality and productivity. Chaired by Matthew Taylor of the RSA, working with the expert input of this Group and the Warwick Institute for Employment Research, at the end of the process we will set out a new narrative for how we can improve job quality and productivity in the UK, to the benefit of workers, business and the economy.


Recycled robot dogs, reading hampers and number ninjasRecycled robot dogs, reading hampers and number ninjas

Our Carnegie Library Lab Partners have been bringing their innovative projects to life over the past few months. Bexley’s Libraries at Night project saw the Central Library successfully host a comedy night, a murder mystery and swing dance lessons, while Oldham’s Number Ninjas project has seen children exploring maths and coding using fun sessions and interactive play. Two Carnegie Partners presented at a recent Libraries Connected Innovation Network conference: Redbridge Libraries showcased their Reuse, Recycle, Robots project including a dog robot made from recycled materials, and Wakefield Libraries demonstrated their Unhampered Reads hampers which use books, pictures, sounds and smells to inspire people to experience culture and express themselves.

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