Organised jointly by Brathay Trust and University of Cumbria, this one-day conference turns the spotlight on the unique challenges presented in supporting wellbeing in an environment where providers are professionally isolated.

We will be discussing the requirement for public, private and third sector individuals and volunteers to establish different ways of working, as well as providing a forum for exploring responses and opportunities.

The conference showcases good practice case studies from cross-sector contexts, including health and social care, uniform services, education and enterprise to name a few.

A framework developed by the Cumbria Rural Health Forum will help us explore diverse practices, in order to draw out generalizable responses and learning for common challenges in rural contexts. These include access, community engagement and resource mobilisation.

This will lead to Open Space discussions to ensure critical themes provide important learning to take away for wider sharing and application. This process contributes to an emerging rural cross-sector forum for ongoing networking, resources and communication. 

9:00am Arrival and coffee
9:30 - 9:45 Welcome and introductions
9:45 – 11:00 ‘The challenges of leading wellbeing in rural contexts’
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee and networking
11:30 – 13:00 Open Space session 1
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Open Space session 2
15:30 – 16:30 Closing circle
16:30 Close

Call for papers

The conference will also coincide with the launch of a call for papers for a special issue of The Journal of Corporate Citizenship (JCC) published by Greenleaf. The issue will focus on the themes of leadership, wellbeing and rurality. We welcome ideas from you on the day.



To book your ticket, please visit our online store by clicking on the Book button below. £50 full price. £20 concessions. 

Concessions will be for; Voluntary Sector workers, Students, Unemployed.

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available to students, voluntary sector and unemployed, please contact Lucy Maynard for more information about complimentary tickets 

For more information about the conference, please contact Martin Pyrah/IFLAS on 015394 30228 or click here to email

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