People’s livelihoods are important for both their mental and physical health, partly due to higher levels of education, income and social class providing material benefits for health at all ages, but also through psychosocial mechanisms – dignity, sense (and locus) of control and self-worth, engagement in meaningful activity, social networks/social capital, social status.
Demands are higher and resources lower at two critical stages: during the transition to parenthood and in early childhood, and during young people’s transitions from school into adulthood. Our aim is to develop and evaluate interventions and initiatives to address child, young person and family wellbeing and opportunities through increasing income, skills and control over community resources. The interventions will be co-produced with communities and include promoting take up of existing policy measures (for example, the two year old early education offer, co-locating welfare benefits in maternity services), pioneering interventions (Universal Basic Income (UBI) and life skills for young adults) and scaling up promising interventions in new contexts (participatory budgeting).
Professor Kate Pickett: email@example.com