Places for Health: Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Safe Communities

This event will examine how we can work across sectors – health, housing, community planning and regeneration - to design and sustain good quality places to live and work that support our health and wellbeing.

In association with 

Creating safe places that nurture health is central to the public health agenda  

In June 2018 the Scottish Government published the Public Health Priorities for Scotland, which emphasised the value of creating good places that nurture health, and enable us to create vibrant, healthy and safe communities.

There are undeniable links between inequality and health, and life expectancy in the least affluent areas can differ up to 28 and 25 years respectively for men and women. Subsequently, inequality and the quality of the places we live is also connected – with only a third of households in the most deprived urban areas of having good access to natural environment or wooded area in their neighbourhood.

Creating healthier places is a priority for many sectors – local authorities, health boards, social care, community planning and regeneration and housing – and we need to work together to reduce health inequalities and improve our standard of living.

Join Holyrood on 25 October as we examine how we can improve Scotland’s health, empower people and communities and adopt a partnership approach to improve public health.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Empowering communities to be at the heart of decision-making
  • Working with local people to create and maintain places that are beneficial to health, wellbeing and quality of life
  • Integrating health, housing, environment, transport and community planning to improve outcomes and support sustainability
  • Understanding how data can assist our understanding of communities, and using this a springboard to make more informed decisions

Confirmed speakers

  • Jonny Hughes, Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Celia Nyssens, Policy Manager, Nourish Scotland 
  • Representative, Scottish Natural Heritage 
  • Representative, Architecture and Design Scotland


09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

10:05   Session 1: Understanding Places and Health

  • Utilising the Place Standard tool
  • Examining the Public Health Priorities for Scotland report and the ambitions for future service delivery

11:00    Questions and Discussion

11:20    Refreshments and Networking

11:40   Session 2: Designing Healthy Spaces

  • Making sustainability a priority for local planning and development.
  • Involving communities in the decision-making process
  • Working in partnership across sectors to achieve healthy spaces
  • Using data to create and sustain healthy places

12:20    Questions and Discussion

12:50    Lunch and Networking

13:50   Session 3: Knowledge Exchange Session

Delegates will lead the discussion and identify key opportunities and challenges going forward, and the key learning outcomes that they would like to take away from the day. Following this, we will hear from examples of best practice from across sectors.

14:50    Questions and Discussion

15:20    Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH | Map


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635
25 October 2018



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