Places and Spaces for Health and Wellbeing – February 7th, 2018, Glasgow

Places and Spaces for Health and Wellbeing 2018 - February 7th 2018, Saracen House, Glasgow

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The health and wellbeing of a population is a key focus in any thriving nation. With this in mind, it is widely recognised that many of the underlying determinants of inequalities in health and well-being, including for example, our built environment, our communities as well as access to green space must be dealt with in a collaborative manner between government, communities and other organisations using all of the tools, data  and technologies available. The Scottish Government recognises that connectedness can have a significant impact on the health of Scotland’s people and communities.

There are a growing number and variety of organisations, including Scottish Government agencies, NDGBs, private companies and charities, working in this field and looking at a variety of issues and strategies. These issues include the association between health and access to green spaces and recreation, the benefits of play and the importance of active travel and how new strategies and technologies can encourage collaboration and connectedness to deliver measurable results.

This conference will examine the issues outlined above, such as the connections between health and wellbeing, technology, collaboration, place making and use of urban built landscape and open spaces. In addition, it will summarise the relationship between open space in relation to physical and mental health, and 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

9:20 Opening remarks from the Chair

9:30 Session 1: Place, Identity and Wellbeing

  • The Place Standard: New Place App, where are we now – Sandy Robinson, Principle Architect, Scottish Government
  • Community Engagement, Learning Lessons from Mannheim – Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place, Architecture and Design Scotland
  • Sustainable Society; whole life values of early and integrated decision making, creating places for all – Petra Biberbach, Chief Execuive, Planning Aid Scotland

10:50 Break

11:10 Session 2: Foundations for Well-being in Place 

  • Social, Cultural and Economic Wellbeing of Communities across Scotland
  • WIAT (Woods in and Around Towns) and the Scottish Forestry Strategy – Kevin Lafferty, National Policy Advisor for Access Health and Recreation Forestry Commission Scotland
  • The Importance of Play – Marguerite Hunter-Blair, Chief Executive, Play Scotland

12:30 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3 – Integration and connectedness

  • Reconnecting public health and housing – Dr. Mattew Lowther, Head of Place and Equity, NHS Health Scotland 
  • Housing Case Study – Margaret Fraser, Regeneration Manager, ng homes
  • Health and the work journey – Archie Stoddart, Head of the Sustainable Transport Unit, Transport Scotland

14:50 Closing remarks from the Chair

15:00 Close