Following on from the hugely successful inaugural ”Getting Wales Moving: Delivering on the Wellbeing for Future Generations Act” conference, we are very pleased to announce the date for the second event in the series on the 27th of February 2019.
Once again, we have set the bar high, both in terms of quality and expectation of stimulating real change. This year’s conference will again feature influential and well-respected speakers with anticipated insights from the Welsh Government, Sport Wales, and leading figures involved in improving population health and tackling inactivity and skills shortages across workforce and communities.
The ambition for this series of "Getting Wales Moving" conferences is to create a long term framework of communication and knowledge transfer so as to ensure all available measures are being taken to deliver on the the well being of future generations.
On 29th April 2015, the Welsh government signed into law Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act. This holistic legislation aims to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales by strengthening institutional governance structures in accordance with Wales’ ‘Sustainable Development Framework.’ The legislation places a duty on public bodies to implement sustainable development by incorporating seven well-being goals into their work, as well as outlines the establishment of a Future Generations Commissioner and provides a range of national indicators which move beyond GDP.
It is still very much our ambition to explore the Future Generations Act from a wide range of perspectives with a specific focus on the positive economic and social contribution that the development of a more skilled and physically active society can have in delivering a more prosperous Wales in these challenging times. We are seeking to ensure greater levels of physical activity across all areas of society regardless of gender, age, faith, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, economic position, disability or level of ability. The ultimate aim of the conference is to provide a real and genuine contribution to the debate around how we best deliver a more prosperous Wales for our future generations.
The initial challenge of the "Getting Wales Moving" series of conferences is to ensure all public bodies are armed with innovative and challenging ideas as they continue their journey towards meeting their statutory obligations.
To do this, there is still a pressing need to ensure that a continuous collaborative approach is maintained to making Wales a world leader in improving health and wellbeing in each and every one of our communities. What we are trying to achieve is the stimulation of a movement for change that encompasses a strong online and physical community of individuals from a range of differing settings who will want to dissect, debate and deliver innovative solutions and approaches towards the development of a sustainable model for the enhancement of future and current generations.
A fundamental feature of the WBFG Act was to create the role of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. Since taking up this role, Sophie Howe has shown that she is determined to support a move away from the tick box approach to duties and responsibilities and towards a real integrated long term approach to delivering services that supports people now and into the future through a radical and collaborative approach to service delivery.
To this end a strategic plan 2017 - 2023 has been formed and consists of a series of themes and principles, one of which centres around the importance of embedding and designing in physical literacy and activity across all demographics and age ranges irrespective of social circumstance and privilege.
Through a series of plenary presentations, question and answer sessions, and interactive studio sessions, we will seek to positively disrupt audience thinking with a view to bringing increased momentum to the movement towards new delivery models and skills which enable each of our communities to become active in a self-sustaining way. Topics covered will range from infrastructure, skills, workforce, communities, transport, housing, and much more.
This is a must for the calendar of any professional seeking to develop wellbeing plans or deliver crucial services around any of the above mentioned policy and delivery areas.