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Healthy Cities 21st Century


  • Workshop Report Added: How our neighbourhoods are planned plays a major role for people’s everyday lives, and through that their health and wellbeing. Local communities have first hand experience and expertise of how the built environment shapes their health, which can inform and support the development of planning policy and practice.

    This event was designed for community sector professionals and offers an opportunity to explore how planning influences health, and explore the role of the community sector in influencing healthy urban environments. It also provided an opportunity to contribute views on the draft Belfast Planning Service Statement of Community Involvement,

  • Booking is now open for Shaping Places for Healthy Lives on Wednesday 16 December

    This free seminar is an opportunity to explore how place making can effectively support health and wellbeing, and how urban design can help create healthy places. It is is targeted at policy and decision makers in sectors including local government, health and regeneration, but will also be of interest to architects and designers across sectors.

  • A teaching resource on place and the built environment for Key Stage 2 (Primary 5-7 year groups) has been developed in collaboration with the Education Authority. The resource will be piloted with 13 Primary Schools  from across Belfast.

  • Ciclovia Event in Botanic Park

    The Belfast Healthy Cities KidsSpace initiative provided some well-earned fun for the younger participants of the Ciclovia event in Botanic Park on Sunday 4 October. Cyclists were given the opportunity to ride through a traffic free zone of the city from the Botainic Park to Belfast City Hall in a scheme designed to give public ownership of the city and to encourage family participation in healthier lifestyles.

    View a short video of the day’s proceedings >

  • Belfast Healthy Cities was again delighted to participate in the city’s annual Culture Night on 18 September, our fifth year of involvement with the initiative. We facilitated the ever popular KidsSpace event where children are encouraged to play and use space freely.

    Community artists and Jump Jingle and Jive, a creative dance organisation supported the programme in Buoys Park, Cathedral Quarter.

  • ‘A good place for children is a good place for everyone.’

    A Call to Action:Shaping Healthier Places for Children in Belfast is based on comprehensive engagement with children.and calls on stakeholders in Belfast to respond to the issues identified by the children..Consultation on the document took place during summer 2015. This process identified priorities for action and work is now progressing on a plan for the city, which will be launched in March 2016.

  • The Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Arder Carson, alongside Belfast Healthy Cities Chair Nigel McMahon and CEO Joan Devlin have launched this year’s World Health Organization Belfast Healthy City Awards.

    The awards recognise and celebrate the work undertaken by organizations from all sectors towards improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Belfast. There are four categories, Promoting Health Equity; Healthy Places; Healthy Living and a new category for this year, Engaging for Change. Open until Wednesday 21 October.

  • Belfast has participated in the World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy Cities Business and Technical Conference in Kuopio, Finland.  The event, which is an annual conference of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and Network of European National Healthy Cities Networks, took place from Wednesday 24 June to Friday 26 June.

  • Belfast has joined cities from across Europe in being designated as a World Health Organization Healthy City for the sixth phase of the programme.

    Accepting designation on behalf of the city, Cllr Steven Corr, Chair of the Health and Environmental Services Committee and Dr Eddie Rooney, Chief Executive of the Public Health Agency both welcomed Belfast’s continuing involvement in the WHO European Healthy Cities Network.

  • 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

Belfast Healthy City Awards 2015

Belfast Healthy City Awards

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

View last year's winners >

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


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

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Contact Details

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