Published: 5th Oct 2011

If social capital lies at the heart of our health and wellbeing, how do you build it up? Sarah Frost visits Canada and the United States and discovers a little lateral thinking can go a long way Sarah Frost with the Fremont Troll in Seattle, one of the first Neighborhood Matching Fund projects. People with high levels of social capital are generally happier and healthier than similar individuals with low levels of social capital. But what mechanisms can help build and increase social capital in communities with a view to improving wellbeing? There is rising interest in community development approaches to health improvement and community health champions being delivered by Altogether Better are one example that is already showing an impact on social capital in communities across Yorkshire and Humber. Aligned to this there is increasing policy interest in asset based approaches which can enable communities … (To read the full article, subscribe below)