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Sustainable Food CitiesFeatureNew
The Sustainable Food Cities Network is an alliance of public, private and third sector organisations that believe in the power of food as a vehicle for driving positive change and that are committed to promoting sustainable food for the benefit of people and the planet. The Network aims to help people and places to share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice in all aspects of sustainable food.
Town and Country Planning AssociationFeatureNew
The Town and Country Planning Association campaigns for the reform of the UK’s planning system to make it more responsive to people’s needs and aspirations and to promote sustainable development.
The TCPA occupies a unique position, overlapping with those involved in the development industry, the environmental movement and those concerned with social justice. The Association prides itself on leading-edge, radical thinking and problem-solving
A Transition Initiative (which could be a city, town, village, university or island) is a community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and increasingly, economic contraction. Transition is one of the fastest growing social movements and Transition Network's role is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organise around the transition model, creating initiatives that rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions. The booklet Who we are and what we do by Rob Hopkins and Peter Lipman provides a brief introduction.
Age-friendly Cities - 1st International ConferenceNew
The First International Conference on Age-friendly Cities, jointly hosted by The WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities©, Ireland’s Age-Friendly Counties Programme and the International Federation on Ageing took place from 28-30 September 2011. The conference held in Dublin was attended by 400 delegates from across the world who came to learn and hear from experts and professionals on what they can do to improve their community for older people and to discuss how the Global Network can move forward.
Centre for Social JusticeNew
Thousands of people need the Changing Places toilets that would help them to enjoy the day to day activities many of us take for granted.
The Changing Places Consortium has launched its campaign on behalf of those people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their carers, as well as many other disabled people.
They need Changing Places toilets with enough space and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist.
CIEH - Chartered Institute of Environmental HealthNew
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health is a professional, awarding and campaigning body at the forefront of environmental and public health and safety
Climate and Health CouncilNew
The Climate and Health Council is a network of health professionals informing and advocating on the health benefits of more sustainable lifestyles and the urgency of addressing climate change. The Climate and Health Council began in 2007, as a meeting of doctors, nurses and other health professionals recognising the urgency of addressing climate change to protect health.
Core Cities represents the eight economically most important areas in England outside of London and provides a unique and united local authority voice to promote their role in driving economic growth. The Core Cities Group has a track record of 15 years as a cross party group, led by the City Leaders. Alongside Leaders’, Chief Executives’ and Policy Officers’ meetings, a number of additional working groups bring expert representatives from the Core Cities together to tackle common issues in specific policy areas – including Health and Wellbeing.
“Crossing the Bridges” Project
The ‘Crossing Bridges’ project builds further on work undertaken in the 'Closing the Gap' (2004-2007) and 'DETERMINE' (2007-2010) projects, and aims to advance the implementation of Health in all Policies (HiAP) approaches in EU Member States. It will contribute to the development of practical tools that are required to turn HiAP theory into practice, and to make progress on the implementation of HiAP in Europe.
EUROCARE (The European Alcohol Policy Alliance)New
EUROCARE (The European Alcohol Policy Alliance) is an alliance of 48 public health organisations from 21 European countries dedicated to the prevention and reduction of alcohol related harm.
Eurocare was formed in 1990 by 9 organisations concerned with the impact of the European Union on Alcohol Policy in Member States. It now has 48 member organisations across 21 countries in Europe, most of which are national or supranational umbrella organisations.
European Portal for Action on Health Inequalities
We are pleased to inform you that a new European Portal for Action on Health Inequalities was launched last week on www.health-inequalities.eu. This new platform is a significant source of information on health inequalities, both within and outside the European Union.
Food For LifeNew
The Food for Life Partnership uses food as a way to improve the whole school experience – making lunchtimes a positive feature of the day and enriching classroom learning with farm visits and practical cooking and growing. Schools enrolled on the programme are growing their own food; organising trips to farms; sourcing food from local bakers, butchers and farmers; setting up school farmers’ markets; holding community food events; providing cooking and growing clubs for pupils and their families; and serving freshly prepared, locally sourced meals that follow a rigorous Food for Life Catering Mark.
Welcome to Food Futures Manchester - the strategy , partnership and programme of work aiming to improve food in the city of Manchester, now and for the future.
Food Futures Manchester understands that improving food in Manchester, at a local level, is a challenging task and that the areas over which we have influence are limited.
The Freire Institute is an organization for community-based learning. In our programmes your own knowledge and life experience becomes the raw material for education.
To support local areas in maximising the contribution of the planning system, the National Heart Forum has developed an interactive on-line ‘Healthy Places’ resource, funded by the Department of Health. Through easy-to-use explanations of legal issues, case studies and links to further guidance, the resource provides information and examples of how the planning system can be used by planning and health practitioners to promote and support healthy living.
Healthy Places, Healthy Lives
Healthy Places, Healthy Lives is a partnership programme which helps to reduce health inequalities and improve population health. Delivery of the programme enables the accelerated take up and learning from experience, best practice and improvement science to influence commissioners, providers, Health and Wellbeing Boards, and partners in the public sector, and meet the challenges of addressing health inequalities within their own environment.
Healthy Settings Unit
University of Central Lancashire’s Healthy Settings Unit microsite.
Healthy Urban Development Unit
The Healthy Urban Development Unit (HUDU) aims to improve communication and cooperation between the spatial planning and health sectors in London.
The iConnect study aims to measure and evaluate the changes in travel, physical activity and carbon emissions related to Sustrans' Connect2 programme, which is an ambitious UK-wide project that is transforming local travel in 79 communities by creating new crossings and bridges to overcome barriers such as busy roads, rivers and railways, giving people easier and healthier access to their schools, shops, parks and countryside.
International Futures ForumNew
IFF restores practical hope and provokes wise initiative in challenging circumstances.
They address complex, messy, seemingly intractable issues – local, global and all levels in between. They look to respond to the conceptual emergency, wherever it shows up.
Living Streets is a national charity that stands up for pedestrians, working to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets where people want to walk. They aim to influence decision makers and work with local people and professionals so that everyone is able to use and enjoy their streets. The charity also aims to give a voice to pedestrians, and involving people is central to what they do.
The website for the 2010 Marmot review: Fair Society, Healthy Lives.
New Economics FoundationNew
nef (the new economics foundation) is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being.
They aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. They work in partnership and put people and the planet first.
nef was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) which forced issues such as international debt onto the agenda of the G7 and G8 summits.
NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)New
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. NICE was originally set up in 1999 as the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, a special health authority, to reduce variation in the availability and quality of NHS treatments and care. In 2005, after merging with the Health Development Agency, we began developing public health guidance to help prevent ill health and promote healthier lifestyles. Our name changed to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. In April 2013 we were established in primary legislation, becoming a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) and placing us on a solid statutory footing as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012. At this time we took on responsibility for developing guidance and quality standards in social care, and our name changed once more to reflect these new responsibilities.
NICE Evidence ServicesNew
NICE Evidence Services are a suite of services that provide internet access to high quality authoritative evidence and best practice. The services cover health, social care and public health evidence. Evidence Services aim to help professionals make better and quicker evidence based decisions. NICE Evidence Services consists of the following 6 resources
• Evidence Search which provides free open access to a unique index of selected and authoritative health and social care evidence-based information.
• Healthcare Database Advanced Search (HDAS), which provides access to an extensive set of journals and bibliographic databases. These are purchased by NICE on behalf of the NHS.
• Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) which provide primary care practitioners with access to evidence-based guidance on over 300 key conditions presenting in primary care.
• BNF microsite which provides open access to BNF content across the UK.
• UK DUETS, a database of Evidence Uncertainties which provides research funders and researchers access to the ‘known unknowns’ in the evidence base.
• Bulletins, Alerts and Evidence Awareness service which helps busy professionals keep up to date with important new evidence.
NICE Evidence Services (cont)New
PANacea is an online network linking the global physical activity and nutrition community. PANacea is a communication tool between public health practitioners in order to improve quality of services, enable health initiatives to progress more quickly and with lower set up costs, support professional development through peer support and contributes to a stronger community that can respond to emerging challenges locally, nationally and globally. The site is maintained by the National Heart Forum.
Regions for Health Network (RHN)New
People working together to improve health and wellbeing through prioritizing equity, developing strategic delivery alliances, and fostering good governance.The Regions for Health Network (RHN) complements work for health carried out at the national level by working with sub-national actors.
Royal Town Planning Institute
The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is a dynamic organisation leading the way in the creation of places that work now and in the future.
We understand that, just as people develop places, places develop people. We are committed to the enhancement of our natural and human environment.
Good planning combines an awareness of the competing pressures on our built environment with an ability to manage the very real effects on our space.
Through our membership, the RTPI constantly seeks to create areas and places in which people want to live and work
Scottish Anti Poverty Review No.14, Winter 2011-12
Using assets to address poverty has come to the centre of the anti-poverty debate in Scotland. A focus on the potential and strengths of indivudals and communities has been welcomed by many. However, some have been concerned that the emphasis on assets can lead to a lack of focus on the structural causes of poverty and an increasing individualisation of solutions. This edition of the Scottish Anti-Poverty Review looks at both the potential and limitations of a focus on assets.
The Soil Association was founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists who observed a direct connection between farming practice and plant, animal, human and environmental health.
They are the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.
Their work is divided into three areas:
1. Facing the future
2. Good food for all
3. Enabling change
Spatial Planning and Health Group (SPAHG)New
SPAHG is a group of planning and health experts: academics, practitioners and community representatives, seeking to improve public health through the positive use of spatial planning. The group aims to study, promote and disseminate knowledge on the relationship between spatial planning and health, and to promote policies and action based upon evidence.
Sustrans makes smarter travel choices possible, desirable and inevitable. They are a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. They work with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in.
The Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN)New
The Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN), formerly responsible for managing the Department of Health's (DH) Extra Care Housing capital programme, is the leading 'knowledge hub' for a growing network of housing, health and social care professionals in England involved in planning, commissioning, designing, funding, building and managing housing with care for older people.
The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP)New
The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) is a public health consortium with members drawn from research, policy and practice. It has been tasked with creating strategies to tackle Scotland's poor health record. The Collaboration is dedicated to identifying opportunities to develop novel public health interventions that will equitably address major health problems in Scotland.
Travel Actively is a portfolio of 50 projects being delivered by the Active Travel Consortium: a partnership of leading walking, cycling and health organisations committed to providing opportunities for 1.8 million people to become more physically active through daily travel choices. Travel Actively projects have already provided opportunities for over 1.5 million people to become physically active through active travel and have generated a body of evidence showing how regular active travel can positively impact on health and well-being.
UNICEF Child Friendly Cities
The CFC website provides information on how to build a Child Friendly City/Community; includes data on good practices and initiatives; gathers relevant publications and updates on current research.
Visible Voice is an international network of researchers, community groups and activists with an interest in using visual media for collaborative research and community development. We make use of the transformative potential of participatory video and photography to research and support community actions aiming to improve the quality of everyday life, health and well being in partner communities.
WHO Europe Healthy Cities
The Healthy Cities pages of the WHO Regional Office for Europe’s website.
WHO European Healthy Cities Network
These pages of the WHO Regional Office for Europe’s website provide information about the European Network of Healthy Cities.
WHO European National Healthy Cities Networks
An overview of National Healthy Cities Network across Europe on the WHO Regional Office for Europe’s website.
WHO Healthy Settings Web Portal
WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments
The microsite of this Collaborating Centre, based in a department of planning and architecture, has been set up to support those interested in healthy urban planning. Visit it for support and resources in connection with town planning, transport, urban design and spatial planning.
WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities
The WHO Age-friendly Environments Programme is an international effort to address the environmental and social factors that contribute to active and healthy ageing. Through the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities, the Programme helps cities and communities become more supportive of older people by addressing their needs across eight dimensions: the built environment, transport, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication, and community support and health services.