Places and Spaces For Health and Wellbeing 2020

Places and Spaces for Health and Wellbeing 2020

Ensuring Physical and Mental Health in our Communities

April 27th and June 24th, 2020


Please note that amendments to this event have been necessary due to the ongoing pandemic;  the event will now take the form of 2 webinars and speakers will also be touching on the potential short and long term impacts of the current situation in the context of this event’s themes. A video of the first session is available for anyone signing up for session 2.

The health and wellbeing of a population is a key focus in any thriving nation. With this in mind, the Scottish Government is now focusing equally on both mental and physical health and wellbeing. As such, it is widely recognised that many of the underlying determinants of inequalities in overall health and well-being are determinant on our environment, for example, our built environment and communities are key to reducing these problems and dealing with inequalities; key factors inculding access to health, mental health, counselling and social care services, the provision of green space, free options for exercise and play for all generations, employment opportunities and 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. These issues include the association between health, both physical and mental, and access to green and recreation spaces, the benefits of play and exercise, and the importance of active travel and how new strategies and technologies can encourage collaboration and connectedess to deliver measurable results. As always, funding is key to addressing these issues, which is highlighted through funding programmes such as such as the the Green Infrastructure Fund, The Scottish Land Fund and the newly pledged funding of £250,000,000 for mental health in Scotland.

This conference will examine the connections between health, physical and mental wellbeing, technology, collaboration, place making and use of the built environment and communities . In addition, it will summarise the relationship between all of these issues and topics in relation to physical and mental health, along with analysis 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 – Session one, April 27th 2020

10:00 Opening remarks from the Chair – Danny McKendry, Senior Landscape Architect, A+DS

10:15 Session 1

Understanding the impacts of space on physical and mental health – Dr Russell Jones, Public Health Programme Manager, Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Engaging with the Planning System to create healthier communities – Petra Biberbach, CEO, PAS

Early interventions for Children’s long-term mental health – Marguerite Hunter-Blair, CEO, Play Scotland

Creating Healthier, wealthier, more attractive to towns; a SIDs case study – Margaret Fraser, Regeneration Manager, ng homes


12:00 Close of session

Session 2 – 24th June 2020

10:00 Opening remarks from the chair – Marguerite Hunter-Blair, CEO, Play Scotland

10:15 Session 2

How can The Place Standard identify need and what are the implications of the Young People’s Place Standard – John Howie, Programme Manager, Public Health Scotland

The Place of Kindness – Ben Thurman, Researcher, The Carnegie UK Trust

Accessible everyday exercise through cohesive communities and active travel – Rona Gibb, Paths for All

Integrated community design case study


12:00 Close of session

Delegate places for this event 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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