WRDA staged a focus group in May for women keen to influence future policy around well-being. Carnegie Trust and Queen’s University recently produced a report on well-being and are keen to hear thoughts and views on the subject. WRDA felt it was important that women's voices be heard as part of this process. A varied group turned up to participate, including representatives from women’s organisations and several of our own Community Facilitators, who have direct experience of providing training on health and well-being. The discussion was largely driven by the question, “What is well-being to you?”, with the answers put forward covering issues like mental health; the need to feel safe, secure and supported; being in control of your own choices; and having a real connection to society. Given the variety of professional backgrounds in the room, each woman came at the discussion from a unique perspective. There was however resounding agreement when the topic of older women was raised, how they are largely invisible in society’s eyes and how badly their well-being suffers as a result. Another strong point of agreement in the room was the need for integrated education in a post-conflict society. £2 billion a year is spent on segregated religious education in NI and all the women believed this needed to change in order to improve overall well-being. When it came to the issue of making changes at a government level, one participant stressed the point that the ideas and policies are largely there, already in place, they just need implemented if any positive change is to occur. The group parted with a high level of interest in continuing the discussion at another time. With such a great turnout, we look forward to organising further focus groups in the future. To find out more about the research QUB and the Carnegie Trust are conducting, please click here.