Places and Spaces for Health and Wellbeing 2021 – February 25th 2021

Places and Spaces for Health and Wellbeing 2021

Physical and mental wellbeing during and after the pandemic

Webinar, 25th February 2021


The health and wellbeing of a population is a key focus in any thriving nation, and that has never been clearer than during this pandemic. As such, it is widely recognised that many of the underlying determinants of inequalities in overall health and well-being are directly a result of our environment. Our built environment and communities are key to reducing these problems and addressing the issue of inequality; key factors include: access to health, mental health, counselling and social care services; the provision of green space, free options for exercise and play for all generations; and employment opportunities. The consistency of living environments without derelict and disused land, which can have huge negative impacts on public physical and mental health, must be dealt with in a collaborative manner between government, communities and other organisations using all of the tools, data  and technologies available.

There are a growing number and variety of organisations, including Scottish Government agencies, NDPBs, private companies and charities, working in this field and looking at a variety of issues and strategies and many of these issues will be addressed at this event. These include:

  • The impacts of covid-19 and lockdown to both physical and mental health

  • Access to green and recreation spaces

  • The benefits of play and exercise

  • The importance of active travel

  • How new strategies and technologies can encourage collaboration and connectedess to deliver measurable results

  • 20 minute neighbourhoods

  • The Programme for Government

  • Funding

  • Place making and use of the built environment

  • Communities

This webinar, it will summarise the relationship between all of these issues and topics in relation to physical and mental health, along with analysis of environmental, economic, social and cultural wellbeing, through expert analysis and evidence-based case studies.

A copy of the agenda for the event follows below and will be updated regularly. If you have any queries regarding the event please contact us via

Event Agenda

10:00 Event Start:

Opening remarks from the Chair – Daniel McKendry, Principal Landscape Architect, A+DS

Community Engagement, The Place Standard and the Planning System; creating healthier communities – David McAllistair, Manager – Communications, PAS

What are the welleing impacts of Covid-19, lockdown and access to green and recreational spaces – Jon Olsen, Research Fellow, The University of Glasgow

Planning for play is key to reducing inequalities in health and wellbeing – Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO, Play Scotland

Understanding the wellbeing impacts of active travel, 20 minute neighbourhoods and more Claire Daly, Head of Policy and Communications (Scotland), Sustrans

Communities case study – Margaret Fraser, Head of Regeneration, ng homes


Closing remarks from the Chair

12:30 Close of session

We have a limited number of ‘early bird places available for this event for just £30 each and include a recording of the event for future use; simply enter the promotional code EarlyBird (case sensitive) when booking your place(s). Delegate places for this webinar are a limited and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so we do recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

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