The Health and Sustainability Hub supports Public Health Wales to meet its duties under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. It also works with the wider public health community and stakeholder organisations to maximise the opportunities provided by the Act to improve health and well-being and reduce inequalities. You can engage with the work of the Hub by e-mailing: publichealth.sustainability@wales.nhs.uk

Our work Lead: Richard Lewis

What we do:

The ‘Health and Sustainability Hub’ has several supporting roles in maximising the opportunities for public health from this pioneering legislation.

The Hub’s programmes of work include supporting Public Health Wales, as a public body in the Act, with its contribution towards each of the well-being goals, and in applying the sustainable development principle, to become an exemplar, championing and sustainable organisation.

In addition to this, the Hub supports the wider public health system in its role on the Public Services Boards to enhance the potential to improve health and well-being.

The Hub works with and supports other public bodies and cross-sector stakeholder organisations to strengthen the impact of the Act on public health, including environmental sustainability.

What we have done:

Recent work has included supporting the development of a Health Impact Assessment on the potential health implications of home working and supporting the development of the International Horizon Scanning and Learning reports to inform Wales’ Covid-19 Public Health Response and Recovery in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Work has also included presenting a webinar to our partners in the Netherlands to share Wales’ experience and learning around the Sustainable Development Goals and developing an online workshop to support teams and individuals within public bodies to identify and reduce their impact on the environment.

Current work is in areas such as climate change in Wales, developing e-briefings to support a Covid-19 green recovery by identifying opportunities to support priority areas, working with key stakeholders in Wales and Europe in the Joint Action on Health Equity Europe (JAHEE) Programme and continuing to support the development of the International Horizon Scanning reports.

Green Opportunities Summer 2021

Green Opportunities is a new e-briefing from the Health and Sustainability Hub. The quarterly updates capture learning to aid Wales’ green recovery from COVID-19, identifying sustainable opportunities to support population health. The summer 2021 edition focuses on sustainable and active travel.

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Step Change for a Sustainable Planet: Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – A toolkit for global organisations

The Step Change for a Sustainable Planet toolkit was developed as part of the response by the Health and Sustainability Hub in Public Health Wales to take clear and positive action to help organisations and their staff respond to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) Providing information and knowledge, the toolkit also supports…

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Wales and the global goals infographic

This infographic, ‘Wales and the global goals: Ensuring that no one is left behind’ was commissioned by the Health and Sustainability Hub in Public Health Wales to provide a background summary of the global and Wales’ approaches to sustainable development, including the steps to deliver the global agenda in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales)…

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Be the Change Well-being Goals Challenge

The Well-being Goals Challenge sets out six separate behaviour change challenges that inspire us to act to live more sustainably. They are designed to be undertaken on your own, with your team mates or as a team to team challenge. Drawing on Wales’ Well-being Goals and the wider United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the challenges focus on Slow Fashion, Plant-based Diet, Towards Zero Waste, Healthy Travel, Ethical Consumer and Supporting Wildlife, with sustainable steps provided to guide you on your challenge journey.

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Be the Change – Sustainable Home and Agile Working

We are living in a fast-changing and uncertain world, in the time of a global climate emergency and a global pandemic, which highlight the importance of acting and living sustainably to preserve and protect our world for both current and future generations. Covid-19 has changed the way people live and work, instigating an immediate reorientation to home working, where feasible and providing opportunities to live more sustainably. For those who are able to work from home, the rapid shift to home and agile working has brought both positives and negatives, some more challenging than others. This e-guide will help individuals take sustainable steps while working at home to reduce their impact on the environment.

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Helping Nature to Flourish

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts mow likely on people around the world. Our health and well-being depends upon a healthy environment, which includes using our natural resources in a sustainable way and supporting biodiversity. This e-guide will help individuals take action for biodiversity at every opportunity to reverse its decline in Wales and globally, for its intrinsic value, and to secure our own well-being.

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Health and Sustainability Hub Team:

Cathy Weatherup

Strategic Lead

Cathy Weatherup is the Strategic Lead for Health and Sustainability in Public Health Wales. Her role is to support the implementation of Well-Being of Future Generations Act for the NHS, the wider public health community and where relevant, for the wider public service. Previously, Cathy was the head of Health Inequalities in Public Health Division in Welsh Government and the lead for key international links with the WHO Regions for Health Network. Cathy has also led on the development of the Public Health Bill (now Act) and the Public Health Outcomes Framework for Wales, as well as the Over 50s Health Check.

Richard Lewis

Programme Manager

Richard is the Programme Manager in the Hub. He is particularly interested in promoting public health and sustainability through active travel, and the idea of ‘Be the Change’ where we can all take small sustainable steps in the workplace to support Wales’ well-being goals. Before joining Public Health Wales in 2016, Richard worked in the Welsh Government in a variety of public health and sports policy roles. Outside of work, Richard managed his street taking part in Cardiff Council and Play Wales’ pilot of ‘Street Play’.

Tracy Evans

Senior Sustainable Development Officer

Tracy is the Senior Sustainable Development Officer in the Hub. She is working to raise awareness and understanding of sustainability and biodiversity to support Wales’ well-being goals and achieve a more sustainable future. Before joining Public Health Wales in 2020, Tracy worked for Caerphilly County Borough Council in a variety of policy and sustainability roles. Outside of work, Tracy enjoys walking and mountain biking.

Angie Kirby

Project Support Officer

Angie is the Project Support Officer for the Health and Sustainability Hub and brings her passion for protecting people and planet to her role. Since joining Public Health Wales, Angie has developed and delivered sustainability sessions for several staff induction events and encouraged sustainable behaviours through advocacy and engagement. She has also developed resources to facilitate positive change, such as the Well-being Goals Challenge. Outside of work, Angie is a creative practitioner, singer-songwriter and poet and is involved in various projects to support biodiversity and access to green space.