Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme – May update
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The Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme has been supporting place-based work in seven Project Towns since 2021 and we now have a full complement of resources on our website. Find out about some of these below, and head over to our Local Project Action page to read all of our resources from across our seven Project Towns in full.

Place and Wellbeing Outcome Briefings

Our Project Towns are continuing to develop Place and Wellbeing Outcome Briefings. These highlight the evidence behind each of the Place and Wellbeing Outcomes, and explore how each Outcome impacts communities, organisations and practitioners within our Project Towns. In Clydebank, the movement briefings have been used to inform the development of the West Dunbartonshire Active Travel Strategy being carried out by consultants. Evidence and findings from the briefings have also been used in funding applications at a local level.

We have added briefings from our Project Towns of Clydebank, Dalkeith, Dunoon and Fraserburgh this month. They explore how active travel (movement), streets and spaces, natural spaces, and play and recreation (spaces) impact on the communities in these towns.

As well as being used to shape our Place and Wellbeing Outcome Briefings, the Outcomes have also been used in Place and Wellbeing Assessments, to inform decision-making by identifying how a plan, policy or proposal will affect a place and its impact on the wellbeing of people and planet.  It was great to see our Place and Wellbeing Outcomes out and about in Rutherglen last week, where they have been used to shape the Rutherglen Town Centre Action Plan, which shares a long-term vision for Rutherglen Town Centre. Find out more about the work we have undertaken in Rutherglen.

Information stand about Rutherglen Town Centre Action Plan, which uses the Place and Wellbeing Outcomes

Community Link Lead Impact Story

  • What has been the role of the Community Link Lead within our Programme?
  • What has been the impact of their work within our Project Towns?

In our latest impact story, we explore the role our Community Link Leads took during their time on the Programme, and how they brought the voice of those experiencing inequalities into decision making within our Project Towns.

Earlier this year, we sat down with our Community Link Leads to discuss the work they undertook during their time on the Programme, exploring how this has impacted on the wider work taking place within our Project Towns. You can watch the videos on our Youtube channel:

Planning and Place Based Approaches LinkedIn

Are you following us on LinkedIn? We’ve launched a new page to bring together our work on planning and place-based approaches. It coordinates information on the good work happening across the Shaping Places for Wellbeing, Planning for Place, Planning Skills and National Planning Improvement Programmes at the Improvement Service, as well as staff working on digital planning.

If your work involves planning or you’re looking to take a place-based approach, follow us to stay up to date on our work across Scotland.

Irene Beautyman elected as Royal Town Planning Institute Planning Fellow

Congratulations to Irene Beautyman, our Programme Lead and Place and Wellbeing Partnership Lead at the Improvement Service and Public Health Scotland, who has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Chartered Fellow is the highest professional membership grade offered by the RTPI and so this is a significant achievement with around 100 fellows out of 27,000 members!

If you are looking at place-based approaches, or if the Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme sounds like something you would like to know more about, please get in touch and follow us on X  @place4wellbeing and LinkedIn, to keep up to date with all of our latest news.