This month over 6,000 questionnaires will be sent out to a randomly selected sample of Plymouth residents as part of a jointly-funded venture between Plymouth City Council and Public Health England.
The questionnaires will be delivered in the week beginning 25th August and will give residents the opportunity to tell the Council about their personal wellbeing, their communities’ wellbeing and other health issues such as diet, alcohol intake and smoking.
As well as painting a picture of wellbeing across the city as a whole, the results will be broken down to electoral ward level to help us identify recurring themes and confirm our ongoing priorities for tackling health inequalities.
By repeating this survey in future years we will be able to see if levels of wellbeing in the city have improved and if the inequalities have reduced.
All completed survey responses returned by 3 October 2014 will be entered into a prize draw. The winner of the first prize will enjoy a free one month pass to Plymouth Life Centre to try out and get involved in a range of sports and activities. There will also be five runner up prizes of family swim passes.
Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health at Plymouth City Council, said: “As the organisation now responsible for improving public health in Plymouth, we are delighted to be able to launch our new wellbeing survey.
“This survey will play an important role as it will enable us to get a picture of personal wellbeing, community wellbeing, and lifestyle behaviours in Plymouth. The information we gather from the survey will help us to effectively target our resources on the basis of need.”
Areas of health and wellbeing covered by the survey include:
- Personal wellbeing – how good people feel, do they feel happy, anxious, satisfied?
- Community wellbeing – how do people feel about the area in which they live?
- Physical activity – how much physical activity do they take part in and what type?
- Diet – including how much fruit and vegetables they eat?
- Alcohol – how much alcohol do people consume and how often?
- Smoking – with questions covering cigarettes and e-cigarettes
Kelechi Nnoaham, Director of Public Health for Plymouth City Council, said: “This is a great opportunity for us to do a health check on Plymouth and find out what we can do to improve people’s health and wellbeing. We plan to repeat the survey in future years so we can build a comparison and see which areas of health are improving and which need more work.
“The survey also compliments our I Love Life campaign with the Plymouth Herald which aims to raise awareness of the different ways people in the city can improve their health and wellbeing.”
David Greenwood, Contract Manager at Everyone Active said: “We are very pleased to be able to support Plymouth City Council’s first wellbeing survey and encourage people to take part by offering a free pass and other prizes for the Life Centre. As a key partner we recognise the importance of promoting exercise to improve people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, and what better place to do this than at Plymouth’s Life Centre.”
All completed survey responses returned by 3 October 2014 will be entered into a prize draw. The winner of the first prize will enjoy a free one month pass to Plymouth Life Centre to try out and get involved in a range of sports and activities. There will also be five runner up prizes of family swim passes. If you are one of the lucky winners you will be contacted with the details about how to claim your prize – don’t worry if you are an existing Life Centre member, Everyone Active will make sure you don’t miss out! Please visit www.everyoneactive.com/Centre/Plymouth-Life-Centre/72/Home for information about Plymouth Life Centre.
The results of the survey will be published at the end of October.