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  • The 2015 Belfast Healthy City Explorer Bursary has been launched.

    The Bursary was launched in 2013 in recognition of 25 years of Belfast as a designated WHO Healthy City. It will allow someone working in health and wellbeing or healthy urban planning in Belfast to visit another European Healthy City or National Network to study their approach to addressing a key issue relating to health inequalities.

  • The inaugural bursary was awarded to Anne McNally, an officer from the Health Protection policy branch at the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS). She travelled to Oslo to learn about their experience of implementing a new Public Health Act and examine ways in which learning from Norway could be applied to inform policy in Northern Ireland.

    Anne presented her findings at the Belfast Healthy Cities Annual General Meeting in December.

  • On 10 December Belfast Healthy Cities, hosted a seminar to promote and examine the relatively new topic of Health Literacy. The event included contributions from a WHO expert, experienced health practitioners from across the UK and Ireland, and local health and wellbeing professionals.

  • The WHO Belfast Healthy City Awards were presented at the Reuniting Health and Planning conference in three categories

    The winners were
    Healthy Living - Autism Initiatives NI
    Promoting Health Equity- Council for the Homeless NI
    Healthy Places - Joint Winners: Connswater Community Greenway & The Conservation Volunteers

  • This event shared experience and expertise from leaders in the field of reuniting planning, place making and health, introducing fresh thinking to inform new ways of working in the context of local government reform. The event was opened by Belfast Lord Mayor, Cllr Nichola Mallon and addressed by Health Minister, Jim Wells, MLA. The keynote speaker was Riccardo Marini of the world renowned Gehl Architects.

  • Belfast Healthy Cities is delighted to launch the Reuniting Planning and Health resource pack; a capacity building tool, developed in partnership with the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), that aims to provide evidence, tools and examples of good practice that can support integration of health with planning.

  • As part of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) centenary celebrations, children in Belfast are being encouraged to think about the environment around them and how it has been shaped. The week-long event in the Ulster Museum is being staged in partnership with Belfast Healthy Cities, and the planning schools at Queens University and Ulster University, with sponsorship from the Department of the Environment, Belfast City Council and Eplani.

  • Belfast Healthy Cities took top place in a competition for best poster presentation at the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) Open Conference which took place at Titanic Belfast on 14 October.

    The poster, which is available to download by clicking this article, features a Walkability Assessment for Healthy Ageing report, which gives an overview of a pilot project which developed an age-friendly assessment tool to gauge how accessible the built environment is for older people, conducted as part of Belfast’s application to be a WHO Age-friendly city.

  • The World Health Organization Healthy Cities International conference in Athens has heard tributes to work delivered in Belfast to improve the health and wellbeing of its citizens.The Athens gathering is examining health in the city and city living, inequalities and the impact, which all government policy has on the health of the population.

  • KidsSpace returned once again to Culture Night Belfast on Friday 19 September.

    Since 2011, KidsSpace events have transformed city spaces including St Anne’s Square; Buoys Park; Writers Square; Belfast City Hall; Urban Soul Cafe and an unused unit in CastleCourt Shopping Centre into welcoming spaces for families and children.

  • Children Outline Their Vision for Belfast at City Hall

    School children from across Belfast put policy makers in the spotlight in City Hall as they set out their priorities when it comes to making the city ‘child friendly.’ The event on Monday 16 June was co-ordinated by Belfast Healthy Cities, the World Health Organization body in Belfast.

New: Reuniting Planning and Health Resource

Resource Pack

Planning for Healthy Communities Resource Pack launched.

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Reuniting Planning and Health Presentations

Conference

Speakers included Riccardo Marini, Gehl Architects and Gabriel Scally, WHO.

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Reuniting Planning and Health: Riccardo Marini

 

Keynote speaker Riccardo Marini of the world renowned Gehl Architects: The Value of Place - Cities for People

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