In order to create more resilient communities and bounce back in the aftermath of the coronavirus we have to prioritize health.

Good Ideas 2020 has now concluded and after the Edinburgh Social Innovation Showcase, run online due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have 11 new social innovators working hard to make an impact. Let us introduce you to the Edinburgh Class and opportunities to work with them to deliver social change.

Each Class member has a unique request. A specific ask that, if fulfilled, will help them make a bigger impact in this next stage. Read on to find out if you can help Angela make change.

At Good Ideas we are driven by inspiring people who are taking great ideas and transforming them into positive impact.

Among these people is Angela Robertson the founder of The Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival, which is tackling the problem of health inequality in Edinburgh’s disadvantaged communities.

The Inequality of Health / The Problem

We have a health problem in Edinburgh. Scotland has some of the highest rates of obesity and heart disease in the world, and that includes our capital city. Mental illness is still one of the major public health challenges in Scotland and loneliness is on the rise.

COVID-19 has laid bare the inequality of health across our communities. We’ve seen how those in poorer areas have been disproportionately affected by the virus, with a greater number of deaths. We realize how isolation affects our mental health, and we understand the huge importance of physical activity for both children and adults.

In order to create more resilient communities and bounce back in the aftermath of the coronavirus we have to prioritize health. We need to create a society where people of all ages of all economic backgrounds can live longer, healthier lives.

Bringing some Balance / The Solution

In 2017 Angela founded The Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival. She wanted to create a festival that was not just about fitness but about health, both physical and mental.

The festival, which takes place at Assembly Rooms on George Street, has been running since 2017 and each year attracts an audience around 2000 people. The festival features talks on healthy eating, managing stress, parenting, sleep, mental health and eating well, as well as raising awareness of issues such as obesity, dementia and loneliness. It delivers a broad range of fitness classes to suit all levels and brings health experts, doctors and sports stars to Edinburgh, including high profile names such as Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Jack Monroe, Professor Green, Kelly Holmes and many others.

Angela produces a great festival, which has proved hugely popular, but at present it is only available to those who can afford to pay. Her vision is to make it accessible to the people who could benefit from it most. These include children and families, people from disadvantaged communities, older people and those living in isolation.

To achieve this, Angela would like to offer free tickets to those who cannot afford to pay, create a program for children and young people, deliver a community outreach program and create an online program for those unable to leave their homes.

Confidence and Support / The Experience

Angela is a member of The Melting Pot community and over the last year the Good Ideas team had the opportunity to learn about her ambition for the festival and invited her to join the programme.

“I thought the course would be labour intensive but it was just right. We were made to think hard about our business plans and audience but the course work was very manageable and we received a lot of support. I gained confidence in my idea, that it was possible to achieve. The course also made me focus on the outcomes and the individual steps of the journey I need to take to get there. The support of the group was invaluable and I am pleased to say that it is ongoing.”

Reaching Out / The Asks

Angela is looking to connect to people who work in public health, mental health, government and council, charities, local communities and organizations who can fund a children’s or outreach program. She would also like to talk to people who could help the Festival deliver high quality digital events.

If you can help Angela towards her goal of creating a festival that is accessible to everyone, including the poorer and most vulnerable in our city she would love to hear from you. Contact Angela at www.edinburghwellbeingfestival.com.

Can you work with Angela to #HelpMakeChange?


Angela is one of our many wonderful Alumni doing good things with her Good Ideas. If you would like to support Good Ideas to help others like Angela please let us know.

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