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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.

The free event turned spaces inside and outside the Museum into a colourful, fun filled,child friendly place with Arts and Crafts, Smoothie Bikes, Giant Board Games and lots of other opportunities for fun.

Join us for the next KidsSpace event at Annadale and Haywood Residents Association on Friday 7 August.

KidsSpace from Belfast Healthy Cities returns this summer for three events that will allow children to make city space their own.

KidsSpace demonstrates how public space can be used creatively for children and families. It also provides a platform for gathering views on how family friendly the city is. Belfast Healthy Cities is currently working on the development of a child friendly strategy for the city.

 

Learning from the wider WHO European Healthy Cities Network is a key aspect of being a healthy city. Many cities have developed expertise in addressing particular themes that can be used to inform approaches in Belfast.

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.

On Wednesday 16 June 2015 the second event in the ‘Beyond Bricks and Mortar: How Spatial Planning Can Improve Public Health’, a seminar series for public health professionals was held at The Mac, Belfast.

Creating the conditions for health is a key theme within the Northern Ireland public health strategy Making Life Better. The strategy also emphasises the role of place in improving local health and wellbeing. Key issues within this include healthy lifestyles, active travel, healthy ageing and better outcomes for children. 

On Friday 5 June 2015 Belfast Healthy Cities hosted a seminar for public health professionals, ‘Beyond buildings: How spatial planning shapes health’ at The MAC, Belfast. The event was the first of a series of seminars ‘Beyond Bricks and Mortar: How Spatial Planning Can Improve Public Health’ intended to develop capacity in the sector.

Reminder: The 2015 Belfast Healthy City Explorer Bursary is open for entries until Tuesday 7 April 2015

The Bursary was launched in 2013 in recognition of 25 years of Belfast as a designated WHO Healthy City. This is a unique opportunity for 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.

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