Places and Spaces for Health and Wellbeing 2022

Places and Spaces for Health and Wellbeing 2022

Access, Equality and Provision

Webinar, 29/03/22


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; access to healthy transport options, the provision of green space, free options for exercise and play for all generations. This is made clear via the Scottish Government’s programme of investment in these areas, including £250m for active travel projects and £50m for outdoor play facilities. 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, investment 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 and the increased number of people in isolation with the omicron variant

  • Access to green and recreation spaces

  • The benefits of play and exercise

  • Inter-generational spaces

  • Access to amenities for people with disabilities

  • The importance of active travel options

  • Equality of provision

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

  • Funding

  • Place making and use of the built environment

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

  • The role of design in creating healthier places – Jude Barber, Architect and RIAS representative,
  • Parks for everyone? The inequality of access and use of Greenspaces – Jon Olsen, Research Fellow, The University of Glasgow
  • Planning healthy inter-generational places – Petra Biberbach, CEO, PAS
  • Possibilities for more and better play; upholding the rights and needs of every child to play, the creation of accessible and inclusive play, The Play Renewal Fund and the implementation of new planning duties – Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO, Play Scotland
  • Whose streets are they anyway? Walking, wheeling and cycling for everyone – Claire Daly, Head of Policy and Communications (Scotland), Sustrans
  • Case study


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. You can reserve tour place at or click the button below.