Places and Spaces – June 2016

Places and Spaces for Health and Wellbeing - June 7th 2016

Places and Spaces

Supporting Partners

Supporting Partners, RTPI Scotland, PAS, NHS Health Scotland, Architecture & Design Scotland


Event sponsors, Play Scotland,the Land Trust, NG Homes and INCH

The health and wellbeing of a population is a key focus for any government as it is a key factor 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 are environmental, and the Scottish Government recognises that this has a significant impact on the health of Scotland’s people, and that action is required to create healthy environments for our population which are also safe and nurturing for our children and young people.

There are a growing number and variety of organisations, including the Scottish Government agencies, NDGBs, private companies and charities, working in this field and looking at a variety of issues. These issues include the association between health and access to green spaces and recreation, the benefits of play and the importance of active travel. However, the relationships between quality and extent of green space, proximity to and use of such areas, and health outcomes, have yet to be quantified appropriately and the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood.

This conference will examine the issues outlined above such as the connections between health and wellbeing, place making and use of urban 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, click on the session headings for more information.

Opening address

Space, place and health inequalities – Dr. Niamh Shortt, CRESH

Climate change, disadvantage and wellbeing –Katherine Knox, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Creating wellbeing and environmental benefits within communities – ng homes representative


Creating well-designed places; The Place Standard – John Howie, NHS Health Scotland

The benefits of community participation – Petra Bieberbach, PAS

Inclusive Design – Alisdair Clements, INCH Architecture

The importance of Green Spaces – Euan Hall, The Land Trust


The benefits of active and sustainable transport – Archie Stoddart, Transport Scotland

The importance of access to sport and activity – Graham Finnie, Sport Scotland

Innovative approaches to playing out– Marguerite Hunter-Blair, Play Scotland

Sport for development, helping sport clubs realise their social and community value – Andrew Jenkin, Club Development Scotland


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