Happiness Pulse Survey

A survey has been commissioned by the Gwent Strategic Wellbeing Assessment Group to provide each Public Service Board in Gwent an insight into wellbeing. The survey – The Happiness Pulse survey tells a story about a place.  It is designed by Bristol based charity and social enterprise Happy City, who are world-leaders in helping support better measurement and policy to support long term wellbeing in communities.

The survey is launching across Gwent on Monday 15th January the day recognised as Blue Monday- the most depressing day of the year for many with people’s moods having been affected by their post-Christmas finances, the bad weather and the long wait for summer.

Residents are encouraged to fill in a simple online survey by 28th February. The survey will provide individuals with their own happiness score and hints and tips for happiness.

The Well- being of Future Generations Act 2015 has led public services in Wales to think long-term, work better with people and communities and each other, look to prevent problems and take a more joined-up approach. Public Service Boards across Gwent will be working together to gain an insight in to the well -being of Gwent residents. The survey is an innovative method to create a picture of well -being in Gwent.

Take the Hapiness Pulse: gwent.happinesspulse.org/pulse/monmouthshire

Watch this short film for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBREOYCPwDE


Monmouthshire is facing some really big challenges.  Budgets for public services are declining while expectations are going up. We have an ageing population rising property prices and comparatively low wages are making it harder for young families to live and work locally.  These come on top of issues like increased global migration and changes to weather patterns that could result in more flooding and problems for farmers.

Our Monmouthshire is about all of us addressing the needs of future as well as current generations.

In April 2016 a new piece of legislation, The Well-being of Future Generations Act was launched.  This means that we need to begin planning at least ten and ideally up to 25 years into the future.  The decisions we make now will have real implications for our children and grandchildren. We need to work together to make sure we get this right.  This means that all public services must plan for the long-term and really understand what well-being means to our county and the communities within it.

From August to December 2016 we spoke to people in Monmouthshire and asked what’s good about your community, what would make it better, now and in the future.  These views are helping us make sure we address some of the really big challenges that Monmouthshire faces in coming years.


The Well-being Plan

Monmouthshire Public Service board is made up of public bodies such as Gwent Police, Monmouthshire County Council, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. More information about the Public Services Board is here

Every Public Service Board in Wales has to produce a Well-being Plan by May 2018. The Well-being Plan will look at the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of the county.

The Well-being Plan sets out what public services will work together on to address the things that matter to local communities.  Often these are complex challenges that are too big for a single organisation to address by itself.

Monmouthshire Public Service Board would like your views on the draft Well-being Plan for the county. In 2016 we listened to what you said, when we asked ‘What is good about where you live’ and ‘What could be better’.  We have also looked at a wide range of data, reports and academic studies to help us understand well-being and highlight some of the biggest opportunities and challenges facing the county. We want to know if you agree or disagree with our aims and objectives for the future by completing this short questionnaire. If you want more information please view the full draft well-being plan.

The consultation will last until 7th February 2018 during which time you can contribute your views and comments through the online questionnaire, Made Open, Facebook or Twitter (using the hashtag #ourmonmouthshire). You can write in with comments or complete paper questionnaires at the Community Hubs. We will also be holding a number of engagement events that will be advertised on social media.

Following any amendments made as a result of the consultation, the Well-being Plan will be agreed by the PSB in April 2018.

Here is an overview of the priorities:


Well-being Assessment

The PSB has adopted its well-being assessment.  This was developed through extensive community engagement using the Our Monmouthshire process, combined with a detailed analysis of data, statistics, research and policy.  The assessment is made up of different sections.  It considers the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Monmouthshire as a whole.  It also provides profiles of more localised areas loosely clustered around our five largest settlements: Abergavenny; Monmouth; Usk; Chepstow and Caldicot. There is a section on Future Trends and a conclusions section that draws out some of the main messages that the Public Service Board will need to consider. This assessment has informed the development of the Well-being Plan and objectives.

The well-being assessment will be an ongoing and dynamic document.  The continued development and update of the well-being assessment will form a fundamental part of future reviews and any revisions of the well-being objectives.


Well-being Assessment documents