Community-led housing and health seminar

Room 4AF014 Arnolfini (Bush House) 16 Narrow Quay Bristol BS1 4QA
Power to Change
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The relationship between planning and housing, and physical and mental health is well documented in the literature, making the link between improved housing provisions and increased wellbeing and equality. However, in the UK we continue to see a decline in both the quality and quantity of housing. Community-led housing presents an alternative to speculative and profit driven models of housing delivery and is commonly associated with high levels of social cohesion and environmentally focused design. Advocates of community-led housing identify a range of benefits that may be gained through common-ownership or the collective governance of housing assets including increased affordability, reduced isolation and improved quality of life. However, there is limited literature that systematically investigates the connection between health and community-led housing. The aim of this project is to examine evidence on the relationship between these two subject areas and to identify where future research may make a valuable contribution.

During this seminar we want to hear the thoughts and reflections of people working or involved in community-led housing, housing and health sectors. Discussions around the emergent findings from this review will contribute towards shaping the final project report.

What to expect:

09.30-10.00: Registration and refreshments 

10.00-10.15- Welcome and introduction to the day

10.15-10.30: Introduction to planning and health from The WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Policy

10.30-10.45: Why should the health sector be paying attention to community led housing? Public Health Registrar 

10.45-11.00: Case studies from Europe, North America, New Zealand and Australia (Ecomotive)

11.00-11.15: Comfort break and refreshments 

11.15-11.45: Initial findings from the systematic evidence review The Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments (UWE)

11.45-12.30: Discussion groups

12.30-13.00: Full group feedback and closing reflections on the seminar

13.00-13.30: Light buffet lunch 

The spaces available for this event are limited to 25 so book early to avoid disappointment. There is also a waiting list.

The Arnolfini is accessible with lift access and accessible toilets.

When arriving at the venue please use the Bush House entrance. This is accessed from Prince Street to the rear of the main Arnolfini entrance. There is no parking at the venue however there is a drop-off point. The nearest public car park is ‘The Grove Car Park’ postcode BS1 4QY or ‘NCP Car Park’ postcode BS1 4QF.