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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

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.

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 provided an opportunity to explore how planning influences health, and explore the role of the community sector in influencing healthy urban environments.

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 Botanic 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.

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.

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