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  • Children's Voices, Children's Places Event 20 June 2016

    Local children were given a voice on the development of Child Friendly Places at the Children’s Voices, Children’s Places event which took place at Belfast City Hall where more than 250 primary school children took the opportunity to set out their priorities and question local decision makers. Participants were welcomed by The High Sheriff, Jim Rodgers and also featured teachers and pupils from Greece as well as policy experts in the field.

  • We are looking for a part-time Evidence and Information Officer, fixed term until March 2017 to support the organisation to strengthen, develop and share a strong evidence base on the core themes of the World Health Organization (WHO) European Healthy Cities Network (2014-18). The post holder will play a key role in supporting the delivery of the strategic action plan and contributing to Belfast Healthy Cities’ reputation as a leading source of reliable information on population health, health inequalities and healthy places and environments. 

  • Low health literacy has real effects on health and illness; people with low health literacy levels make more mistakes with medication or treatment. Those people also rate their health as lower and are more likely to have unhealthy lifestyles. In Northern Ireland 18% of working age adults perform at the lowest literacy levels.

  • Belfast Healthy Cities participated in the recent WHO European Healthy Cities National Network meeting, where City Coordinators were introduced to Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director and other newly appointed WHO Healthy Cities personnel.

  • Belfast Healthy Cities launched its 2016 Election Briefing to political representatives at Stormont to outline its priorities and the significant role MLAs can play in advancing the main issues affecting health and wellbeing across Northern Ireland.  Topics highlighted included Healthy Life Expectancy; Health Literacy and Championing Health in all Ages.  Belfast Healthy Cities looks forward to working with all political parties to address these important issues.

  • The role of new technology in helping to deliver a modern health service and address health inequalities was at the centre of a major seminar in Belfast today.

    The seminar was hosted by the WHO body, Belfast Healthy Cities and was part of a series focused on sharing learning from Belfast Healthy Cities’ Finnish colleagues in the WHO European Network. Alongside speakers from Finland there were contributions from Northern Ireland, Wales.

  • Belfast Healthy Cities is offering an annual bursary throughout WHO European Healthy Cities Phase VI (2014-2019). It will allow individuals working in the field of health and wellbeing, including healthy urban planning and design, to visit another WHO European Healthy City or National Network to study their approach to addressing a key issue relating to health inequalities.

    The bursary is open to applicants living or working in Belfast from all sectors including community, voluntary, public and business sectors.

  • Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín opened the latest capacity building seminar from Belfast Healthy Cities at The MAC in Belfast.

    Belfast Healthy Cities invited Finnish colleagues from the city of Turku, a member of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network to share their experiences of embedding cultural activities for health and wellbeing in the city, while local examples were also used to demonstrate how cultural activities have contributed to positively energising communities, contributing to good health and wellbeing.

  • The 2015 bursary proved a popular and competitive process. Reflecting the quality of proposals submitted, it was awarded jointly to Stephanie Thompson, South Belfast Partnership, who studied drug and alcohol policy in Glasgow and Jelena Buick, Belfast City Council who travelled to Barcelona to examine innovative approaches to addressing food and fuel poverty. Both award holders presented their findings at the Belfast Healthy Cities Annual General Meeting in February 2015.

  • Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín welcomed participants to Shaping Places for Healthy Lives , which examined how the places we live in shape our lives, our health and our wellbeing.
    Other speakers included, Leo Kosonen, former Chief Planner of Kuopio (Finland), Sandy Robinson, Principal Architect of the Scottish Government and Phil Williams, Director of Planning and Place, Belfast City Council.

    Presentations from the seminar, which was organised in partnership with the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) are now available.

  • The WHO Belfast Healthy City Awards were presented in Belfast by Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Guy Spence.

    The winners were
    Healthy Living Award, Studio 5 CIC NI
    Promoting Health Equity Award, Shopmobility Belfast Ltd
    Healthy Places Award , College Park Avenue Residents Association
    Engaging for Change, CLARE CIC

Belfast Healthy City Awards 2015

Belfast Healthy City Awards

Awards were presented in Promoting Health Equity; Healthy Places; Healthy Living and Engaging for Change.

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Reuniting Planning and Health Resource

Resource Pack

A resource pack for elected members, planners and public health practitioners and others who want to learn more about the links between planning and health.

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Reuniting Planning and Health Presentations

Conference

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

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Belfast Healthy Cities - Company Reg No NI31042 - Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC100587
Registered Office: Gordon House, 22-24 Lombard Street, Belfast BT1 1RD
T: +44 28 9032 8811