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Inequalities are interpreted and understood in different ways by sectors and agencies in Belfast.  A wide range of work is currently being undertaken across the city to tackle poverty, life and health inequalities.

On Thursday 26 February a workshop, jointly hosted by Belfast Healthy Cities and Belfast Strategic Partnership, focused on the tasks of agreeing a definition of inequalities and initiating the development of a tool to support organisations to assess the impact of their policies and practice on inequalities and poverty. 

KidsSpace events took place on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 February at both Victoria Square and CastleCourt The events transformed areas of the centres into colourful, fun filled, family friendly places engaging hundreds of children. It is an initiative that has demonstrated the positive effects of making the city centre more open to children and their families over the past four years. It is part of wider work led by Belfast Healthy Cities, under the auspices of the World Health Organization, and involving interagency collaboration to develop a Child Friendly Strategy for Belfast.

The next Kids Space event will take place on Saturday 21 March at CastleCourt.

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon, has joined Belfast Healthy Cities and some of Belfast’s younger citizens to launch the latest KidsSpace events which will take place on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 February at both Victoria Square and CastleCourt, and again on Saturday 21 March at CastleCourt.

The free events will transform areas of the centres into colourful, fun filled, family friendly places guaranteed to capture the imagination of children and parents alike.

KidsSpace is a free event that offers children activities to spark ideas and encourage their creativity in the heart of the city.

Join the fun at Victoria Square 20/21 February and CastleCourt 20/21 February & 21 March

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Inequalities are interpreted and understood in different ways by sectors and agencies in the city. The purpose of this workshop is to agree a definition of inequalities and to initiate the development of a tool to support organisations in the city to assess the impact of their policies and practice on inequalities and poverty.

This workshop is being jointly hosted by Belfast Healthy Cities and Belfast Strategic Partnership. It will take place instead of the planned Belfast Strategic Partnership meeting.

On Thursday 29 January Belfast Healthy Cities hosted a workshop introducing the Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) to Northern Ireland.

The HEAT tool addresses the difficulty in quantifying the impact of increased cycling and walking by estimating the monetary value of improved health for those who increase regular physical activity. The information gathered can then be used to inform planning and financial allocations by Governments.

Thursday 29 January 2015 1 hour workshop
9.30am Adelaide Exchange, Belfast
1.45pm Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim
The World Health Organization’s Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) is designed to help users conduct an economic assessment of the health benefits of walking or cycling by estimating the value of reduced mortality that results from specified amounts of walking or cycling.

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.

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 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.

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