January 22, 2019 at 9:00am - 2:30pm

Places and Spaces for Health and Wellbeing 2019: Creating Healthier Towns and Cities


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.

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 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 connectedess to deliver measurable results and the role of funding, particularly within urban environments such as towns and cities, which is highlighted through funding programmes such as such as the next £8,000,000 funding round for SHN’s Green Infrastructure Fund.

This conference will examine 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 follows below and will be updated regularly. If you have any queries regarding the event, please contact us via [email protected].

9:20 Introduction from the Chair – Petra Biberbach, CEO, PAS

9:30 Session one – Engagement and the Creation of Healthy Communities and Places for All Ages

The Place Standard; Engagement and Empowerment – John Howie, Organisational Lead, Health Equity (Place), NHS Health Scotland

The Impact of placemaking on our everyday sense of wellbeing – Kirstin Taylor, Director, LDA Design

Turnaround Towns; Lessons from international evidence – Lauren Pennycook, Senior Policy Advisor, Carnegie UK Trust

Children’s Play and Learning; the impact of place on relationships and social interactions – Marguerite Hunter-Blair, CEO, Play Scotland


11:15 break

11:30 Session 2 – Access to and Funding for Greenspace

Funding Urban Greenspace – Iain Rennick, Head of Structural Funds, Scottish Natural Heritage

Understanding Urban Greenspace – Margaret Fraser, Head of Regeneration, ng homes

The role of Active Travel – Joanne Boyle, Team Leader, Bus Accessibility and Active Travel Directorate, Transport Scotland

Facilitating active travel – Stuart Douglas, Smarter Choices Smarter Places Manager, Paths for All


13:15 Closing remarks from the Chair

13:25 Lunch and Networking

14:30 Close

Delegate bookings for this event are now open and there are a limited number of discounted ‘early-bird’ places available. These will be allocated on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis, so we do recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

You can book your place by clicking here, or using the button below.

If you are interested in sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, please contact us at [email protected].

January 22, 2019 at 9:00am - 2:30pm
Saracen House, Glasgow
Sponsored by Supporting Scotland's Towns
Sponsored By Supporting Scotland's Towns