Places and Spaces for Health and Wellbeing 2017

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 are environmental, including for example, our built environment, our communities as well as access to green space. 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 which are safe, calming and nurturing for all age groups.

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 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.

 

Event Agenda

9:20 Introduction from the Chair

9:30 Session 1 – Sustainable Places for Future Health

Scotland’s Place Standard - Sandy Robinson, Principle Architect, Scottish Government

Understanding the role of the built environment and its effect on human health and wellbeing – Prof Catharine Ward-Thompson Institute of Built Environment, Heriot Watt University

Public Health within the Planning Process; Spatial Planning – Craig MacLaren, Scotland Director, RTPI

Investing in our Future, addressing the needs of Scotland’s Children in the built environment – Marguerite Hunter-Blair, Play Scotland

Q&A

11:00 Break

11:20 Session 2 – Environmental Health Effects

Activating spaces

Public Health Research in the built environment – pollution, noise, air quality etc – Fintan Hurley, IOM

Future proofing for health in the built environment – Daisy Nanayathan, Sustrans

Q&A

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:50 Session 3 – Social and Economic Impacts

Addressing Scotland’s postcode health inequalities – Matt Lowther, NHS Health Scotland

Regeneration of place for social health equality – Euan hall, The Land Trust

Housing and Community regeneration case study

Q&A

15:30 Closing remarks from the chair

15:40 Close

For a limited time there are a number of early bird places available for just £89+VAT. These places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so we do recommend booking now disappointment. To view the full event and register click here or push the button below.

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ATCM Scotland Network Meeting: Perth – 28 April 2017

Association of Town Centre Management Network Meeting – Perth. The topic for the meeting will be Winter Events and the importance of economic data and rates.

Draft Agenda for 28th April
10.00 - Welcome and Introductions
10.10 - ATCM Update - Shanaaz Carroll, Chief Exec
10.30 - Network - individual members update and Winter Events update
11.00 - Speaker - How can events drive economic impact
11.30 - Hakon Dammen - MENDO - How to gather data to help assess economic impact
12.00 - Alison Bowcott-McGrath - Pinpointer  - Generating income from events spaces
12.30 - Q & A and group discussion
13.00 - Lunch
13.30 - Discussion - What does the rates review mean for Scottish Businesses
14.00 -  Discussion - How can council's support with rates relief
14.30 - Speaker - Industry view of rates relief
15.00  - Close and a chance for you all to visit Perth

This event is free to attend. To register your interest in attending, please contact: info@atcm.org

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Seeding Success: Learning Event from Stalled Spaces Scotland

A free one-day learning event to explore how communities have used vacant spaces to transform their places. Learn how these projects support town centre regeneration and find out more about the future policy direction. Hear from local authorities, Scottish Government, community groups and others on the impact of the Stalled Spaces Scotland project and how it supports community empowerment.

Held in the beautiful Paisley Town Hall, the event will bring you presentations on the key lessons and achievements from the Stalled Spaces Scotland programme, as well as inviting you to participate in fast-paced information sharing sessions to learn from those who have driven projects across Scotland – providing you with plenty of knowledge and seeds of inspiration.

Stalled Spaces Scotland was inspired by Glasgow City Council’s Stalled Spaces, and funded by the Scottish Government under the Legacy2014 programme. Launched in 2014 is has been delivered by Architecture and Design Scotland and has supported 50 projects in seven local authority areas.

As part of the Seeding Success event we will launch a Stalled Spaces Scotland toolkit, to help other communities and local authorities to develop their own projects to bring life back into stalled or vacant spaces.

We will announce a full list of speakers and running order in the weeks leading up to the event, but if you are involved in policy, community groups, town centres or regeneration or interested in creating your own response to a stalled space sign up today to join this free and inspirational event.

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SEEDING SUCCESS: Outline running order

9:30 – 10:00 Registration and Refreshments
10:00 – 10:30 Opening address and launch of Toolkit

10:30 – 11:10: Setting the Context
Lessons learned from the Stalled Spaces Scotland project, the difference the project has made and how it sits within Scottish Government policy landscape and the Town Centre Action Plan.

11:10 – 12:30 Learning Exchange

Fast paced information sharing session to hear from projects from around the country and to get to network and exchange ideas.

12:30 – 13:30 Cultural Lunch 
Lunch and learn about the Paisley UK Capital of Culture Bid.

13:30 – 15:55 Action: Seeding Success
Presentation on how Stalled Spaces Scotland thinking can be embedded in policy and investment going forward and workshop on implementation.

16:00 – Event close

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STP Place Branding & Communications Workshop

Looking for some practical advice and inspiration for your PR, place-branding or communications strategy? Then come along to this exciting CPD learning event from Scotland's Towns Partnership!

Hear from media experts and local case studies that will leave you feeling equipped and inspired to find your town's USP, grab the headlines, or make a cutting-edge film. Get top tips from Morrison Media Strategies, Newsquest Media Group, Enterprise Screen, Explore Largs BID, and Scotland's Towns Partnership. Network over refreshments with town stakeholders from diverse sectors, and discuss strategies for your town. Don't miss out - book today!

This event is free for STP Members, and £60 (inc VAT) for non-members: 

Non-Members can purchase tickets here (see bottom of page).

STP Members can RSVP below

If you have any queries, please contact elaine@scotlandstowns.org. 

 

Agenda

1330​ Networking and Coffee

1400 ​Welcome: "Finding your USP and using it!"

Phil Prentice, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

1415 ​"Grab the Headlines"

John Morrison, Morrison Media Strategies: branding and selling your town and developing positive media relationships.

Gordon Stevenson, Head of Digital, Newsquest Scotland & Northern Ireland: capitalising on new media​.

1445 Q & A with John and Gordon

1455 ​"Towns on Film"

John Hamilton, Manager, Explore Largs Business Improvement District - Case Study: Largs

Brendan Smith, Creative Director, Enterprise Screen

1525 ​Q & A with John and Brendan

1535 "Town therapy!" Top up your coffee and work through ideas, queries, challenges with speakers & fellow participants

1600 Finish

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STP Place Branding & Communications Workshop

Are you looking for practical advice and inspiration for your PR, place-branding or communications strategy? Then come along to this exciting CPD learning event from Scotland's Towns Partnership!

Hear from media experts and local case studies that will leave you feeling equipped and inspired to find your town's USP, grab the headlines, or make a cutting-edge film. Get top tips from Morrison Media Strategies, Newsquest Media Group, Enterprise Screen, Explore Largs BID, and Scotland's Towns Partnership. Network over refreshments with town stakeholders from diverse sectors, and discuss strategies for your town. Don't miss out - book today!

This event is free for STP Members, and £60 (inc VAT) for non-members: 

- STP Members can RSVP here (see bottom of page).

- Non-Members can purchase tickets below

If you have any queries, please contact elaine@scotlandstowns.org. 

 

 

Agenda

1330​ Networking and Coffee

1400 ​Welcome: "Finding your USP and using it!"

Phil Prentice, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

1415 ​"Grab the Headlines"

John Morrison, Morrison Media Strategies: branding and selling your town and developing positive media relationships.

Gordon Stevenson, Head of Digital, Newsquest Scotland & Northern Ireland: capitalising on new media​.

1445 Q & A with John and Gordon

1455 ​"Towns on Film"

John Hamilton, Manager, Explore Largs Business Improvement District - Case Study: Largs

Brendan Smith, Creative Director, Enterprise Screen

1525 ​Q & A with John and Brendan

1535 "Town therapy!" Top up your coffee and work through ideas, queries, challenges with speakers & fellow participants

1600 Finish

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Reversing Economic Decline in Scotland’s Towns: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in the COSLA Centre, Edinburgh on 18 May provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards reversing economic decline in Scotland’s towns with two winning projects from both the’ Most Improved Town’ and ‘Community Led Regeneration’ categories highlighted in the 2016 SURF Awards process.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from project a representative in the ‘Most Improved Town’ category winner Lochgelly. After being deemed ‘the worst place to live in Britain’ in 2004 and winning the Carbuncle Award in 2010 Fife Council, along with Ore Valley Housing Association and local community groups responded by developing a Lochgelly Masterplan which included the establishment of a Community Development Forum and the delivery of a Community Charrette.

This will be followed by input from the ‘Community Led Regeneration’ winner Tomintoul and Glenlivet Regeneration Project. To support the rural area’s socio-economic recovery a dedicated community organisation, the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust, was established to identify and deliver appropriate regeneration responses. This included the reopening of a Visitor Information Centre and the two local hotels, saving the local youth hostel and establishing the Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trails.

Following an open discussion session with the projects attendees will hear from Scottish Government representatives who will give an overview of the Town Centre Action Plan. This will be followed by short presentations from Highlands and Island Enterprise and Scotland’s Towns Partnership on the role they provide in helping to reverse economic decline within Scotland’s towns. The floor will then be open for wider discussion on national policy.

The SURF Awards ‘Most Improved Town’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland, Architecture + Design Scotland, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Heads of Planning Scotland and the Scottish Government – were particularly enthused by approaches taken to make Lochgelly a vibrant town with a lot to offer, and the potential of replication to other town centres.  The SURF Awards ‘Community Led Regeneration’ judging panel team – comprising of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Bellsmyre Development Trust, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland and Scottish Community Development Centre – were impressed by the ambition and vision of the Development Trust which has provided a strong foundation for success in reversing economic decline. The judges will be participating in the workshop, which also features a discussion session and networking lunch, to help draw out transferable lessons from the participating projects.

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Programme

10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

10:30am   Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40am   Presentation, Lochgelly: Hazel Cross, Fife Council

10:55am   Presentation, Tomintoul and Glenlivet Regeneration Project: TBC, Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust

11:10am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:35pm   Presentation, Town Centre Action Plan: Kevin McGowan, Scottish Government

11:45pm   Presentation, Highlands and Islands Enterprise: Ailsa Raeburn (tbc), HIE

11:55pm   Presentation, Scotland’s Towns Partnership: Ewan Robertson, STP

12:05pm Open Discussion on National Policy

12:30pm Summary and Thanks: Andy Milne

12:35pm   Networking Lunch

 

When and Where

When: Thursday 18th May, 10am – 1pm

Where: COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh

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About the SURF Awards

Please visit www.surf.scot  for more information on the SURF Awards and the outcomes of the 2016 process.

Places are free but numbers are limited. To reserve a place please complete the booking form. If you have any queries or difficulties with this please contact Emma Scott, Information and Communications Officer, emma@surf.scot or 0141 4406392

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Promoting Creative Arts in Community Regeneration: SURF Awards Shared Learning Workshop

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in Paisley Town Hall on 1 June provides an opportunity to explore successful approaches towards promoting creative arts in community regeneration. The winning and highly commended projects from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category highlighted in the 2016 SURF Awards process will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.

Workshop guests will firstly hear from a project representative from the ‘Creative Regeneration’ category winner The Stove Network. Based in Dumfries town centre The Stove Network is an independent arts organisation working with a wide range of local and national partners to found an artist-led collective that engages with local people to deliver a range of culture-based regeneration initiatives.

This will be followed by input from the highly commended Hippfest project.  Run by Falkirk Community Trust the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Film (Hippfest) delivers a high-profile national festival of silent film that supports local community regeneration outcomes in the town of Bo’ness.

Guests will then hear from the second of the highly commended projects Made in Easterhouse. Managed by Glasgow East Arts Company’s Platform, Made in Easterhouse marked the achievements of a successful community arts centre on its tenth anniversary.

The event will close with Creative Scotland providing detail on their current priorities towards supporting creative arts organisations. Followed by a short input from the Paisley 2021 bid for City of Culture. It will then open up to a discussion on National Policy.

The SURF Awards ‘Creative Regeneration’ judging panel team – comprising representatives of Creative Scotland, Craft Town Scotland, Plantation Productions and North Edinburgh Arts – were particularly enthused by the level of community engagement and lasting impact in each area within all three shortlisted projects in this category. The judges will be participating in the workshop, which also features a discussion session and networking lunch, to help draw out transferable lessons from the participating projects.

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Programme

10:00am   Welcome and Coffee

10:30am   Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

10:40am   Presentation, The Stove Network: Matt Baker, The Stove Network

10:55am   Presentation, Hippfest: Alison Strauss, Falkirk Community Trust

11:05am   Presentation, Made in Easterhouse: Jenny Crowe, Glasgow East Arts Company

11:15am   Open Discussion, Questions and Comments with representatives from the projects

11:40am   Presentation, Creative Scotland: Karen Dick, Creative Scotland

11:50am   Presentation, Paisley 2021 Bid: Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021

12.00pm   Open Discussion on National Policy

12:25pm   Summary and Thanks: Andy Milne

12:30pm   Networking Lunch

When and Where

When: Thursday 1st June, 10am – 1pm

Where: Paisley Town Hall, Paisley

About the SURF Awards

Please visit www.surf.scot  for more information on the SURF Awards and the outcomes of the 2016 process.

Places are free but numbers are limited. To reserve a place please complete the booking form. If you have any queries or difficulties with this please contact Emma Scott, Information and Communications Officer, emma@surf.scot or 0141 4406392

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National Active Travel Conference 2017

The Walking, Cycling, Connecting Communities team is pleased to announce the 9th National Active Travel Conference.

The aim of this year’s WCCC National Active Travel Conference is to inspire delegates to better understand and engage in the culture and language employed by those who are not direct advocates of active travel. We want to move away from preaching to the converted and towards listening to the unconverted. The vision is to understand how we can walk in their shoes and talk in their language to help us overcome barriers and better promote active travel throughout Scotland.

Walking, Cycling, Connecting Communities is a group of organisations working for a Scotland which supports walking and cycling as the natural choice for short journeys.

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DATE AND TIME

Wed 14 June 2017

09:00 – 16:00 BST

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LOCATION

The Studio Glasgow

67 Hope Street

Glasgow

G2 6AE

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AGENDA*

09:00 – 10:00 Registration, refreshments and exhibition

 

10:00 – 10:10 Chair’s opening remarks

Dougie Vipond, Broadcaster

SESSION 1

10:10 – 10:40 Communicating the Scottish Government’s Active Travel

vision

Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands,
The Scottish Government

Includes questions & discussion

10:40 – 11:00 Keynote Speaker:

Delivering Active Travel Without the Hot Air

Dr Steve Melia, Senior Lecturer: Planning & Transport, University of the West of England

11:00 – 11:20 Making active travel matter more in Edinburgh

Lesley Hinds, Former Councillor, Lord Provost and Transport Leader, The City of Edinburgh Council

11:20 – 11:30 Questions and discussion

to Steve Melia and Lesley Hinds

11:30 – 12:00 Refreshment break and exhibition

SESSION 2

12:00 – 13:00 Panel discussion and questions from the floor:

Listening to Alternative Perspectives on active travel

  • Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research, IAM RoadSmart
  • Chris Little, Regional Policy Advisor, Road Haulage Association Ltd
  • Panelist TBC – High Streets/Business Improvement Districts
  • Panelist TBC  – Housing
  • Panelist TBC – Education and/or Health Professionals

 

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and exhibition

 

SESSION 3

14:00 – 14:40 Masterclass sessions:  Reaching out to new audiences for

active travel

Choose only ONE from the sessions below:

Masterclass A – Using the Place Standard Tool for better community engagement
Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place, Architecture & Design Scotland
Johnny Cadell, Design Advisor, Design Forum, Architecture & Design Scotland

Masterclass B – Delivering effective social marketing strategies
Tim Steiner, Marketing and Communications Director, SYSTRA Ltd

Masterclass C – Identifying and communicating with different stakeholders 
Speaker TBC

 

14:40 -14:45 Transition back to the auditorium

 

14:45 – 15:00 Masterclass feedback

 

15:00 – 15:20 Making active travel a priority for local government

Paul Lawrence, Executive Director – Place, The City of Edinburgh Council

15:20 – 15:30 Evaluation and final remarks by the Chair

 

15:45 Close of Conference

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Institute of Place Management: 4th International Biennial Conference

Institute of Place Management: 4th International Biennial Conference

7th – 8th September 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK

Conference Chairs: Dr Ares Kalandides, Dr Steve Millington and Professor Cathy Parker

The repercussions of the 2008 global financial crisis continue to reverberate across the world, presenting major challenges to local development.  In many places, after decades of regeneration, the money has simply run out. This is an era of austerity, but one where responsibility for prosperity (or failure) is being devolved and localised through current political agendas.  This coincides with calls to take back control, both in the UK and USA. However, the local capacity to transform places, to tackle serious issues such as income inequality and climate change is severely over-estimated, and brings into question the future of the current economic development mantra, inclusive growth.

Despite these broad economic and political uncertainties, places continue to evolve.  In the absence of public or private funding there is a greater emphasis on communities to self-organise, through ordinary and neighbourhood placemaking.  The stories of how people in places support the arts, the local heritage, the vulnerable, the young and the old can be an inspirational example of creativity and compassion. Nevertheless, the organisers of food banks, free after-school clubs, community litter-picks, and all the other people who attend neighbourhood gardens, produce local festivals and events, are under-resourced, under-supported, and under-valued. 

In this context, we want to understand more about placemaking as a participatory and inclusive practice, which connects individuals into networks of place-based action and results in the context of austerity, devolution, and local responsibility.  We are also interested in moving beyond the silos of academics disciplines or professional interventions, to consider the connection between business, community and policy. 

More information: http://www.placemanagement.org/events/4th-institute-of-place-management-conference/

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The Herald Property Awards for Scotland 2017
The Herald Property Awards for Scotland honours the achievements of Scotland’s most innovative and successful house builders, developers and registered social landlords.

Since their inception in 2007, the awards have gained the respect and support of the new build industry as a result of the thorough judging process, and the high calibre awards evening which celebrates the winners and nominees in a range of categories.

As publisher of Scotland’s most comprehensive property guide, Scotland’s Homes, The Herald has a unique understanding of the new build market and there is a wide range of categories to ensure that all styles of properties and developments are recognised, from bespoke luxury homes to innovative social housing developments, from practical family homes to sympathetic renovations.

The award for Best Regeneration Project will be sponsored by Scotland’s Towns Partnership. On the launch of the HPAs 2017,  Phil Prentice, STP Chief Officer, said: “Scotland is a nation of towns and our future social and economic success will depend heavily on how we invest, nurture, innovate, support, repurpose and regenerate our towns. Scotland’s Towns Partnership is pleased to be working with The Herald again in 2017 to showcase the best regeneration projects taking place across the country.”

“There is so much regeneration progress being made across Scotland's towns and cities. Places like Inverness, Paisley and Dundee are reinventing their role and function using creativity, digital, life science’s and energy as new 21st century drivers. This event highlights the best of these regeneration projects and encourages others to follow suit.”

Deadline for entries is Thursday, June 1, 2017.

For more information on how to enter the 2017 awards please contact Claire Hunter on 0141 302 7319 or email claire.hunter@heraldandtimes.co.uk

This years black tie awards evening, bringing together figures from across the house building and development industry will take place on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Glasgow.

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Scotland's Towns Conference 2017

Visit the Scotland's Towns Conference 2017 web page

We are delighted to announce that Scotland's Towns Conference 2017 will be held on Tuesday 21 November, with Scotland's Towns Week running from 20 - 26 November. 

STC 17 will take place in Paisley Town Hall, and is being held in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and Paisley 2021. 

Further details will be announced, however we encourage you to save the date for the annual gathering for all those who support Scotland's towns.

@Scotlandstowns #STC17

Paisley 2021

Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture 2021 will use the town's unique and fascinating story to transform its future—by putting the town in the international spotlight, attracting visitors, creating jobs and using culture to make people's lives better.

The one-time global textile hub and birthplace of the Paisley Pattern is also home to stunning architecture, an internationally-significant museum collection, Glasgow Airport, University of the West of Scotland, West College Scotland, PACE Theatre Company and a thriving contemporary cultural scene.

The UK City of Culture competition is run by the UK Government. The shortlisted cities will be announced in summer 2017, and the winner at the end of the year. Find out more about our story at www.paisley2021.co.uk 

@Paisley2021 #Paisley2021

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Sponsored By …Connecting Scotland's Towns