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Supporting people to improve places - learning resource

A new Place Standard Learning Resource has been launched at the first international conference on 'Place and the Place Standard' by NHS Health Scotland Chair, David Crichton.

We have been using the Place Standard tool, a framework to help communities talk about the places they live and work,  for a number of years – with a project in Hillhead and Harestanes in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire in 2017 and more recently with Original Edinburgh.

Last year we were commissioned by NHS Health Scotland to develop the Place Standard Learning Resource which will enable users, through the use of tools and templates, to understand and practically apply the Place Standard Tool.   The resource has been brought to you by NHS Health Scotland, the Scottish Government and Architecture and Design Scotland.

David Crichton, Chair, NHS Health Scotland, said:  “Where we spend our time, live and work shapes our experiences and relationships. These places impact on our physical and mental health. We all have a right to the highest attainable standard of health and it is crucial that communities everywhere are empowered to shape the physical, social and economic environments that support this. That’s why, with partners, we developed the Place Standard Tool and we are delighted to be sharing our work on this with other public health and place experts across Europe.”

Katie Murray, Communities and Place Manager commented, “The Place Standard provides us with a great opportunity to build on our extensive engagement with communities across Scotland. We look forward to encouraging the communities we work with across Scotland to use the Place Standard Learning Resource, which includes a guidebook and supplementary materials in the form of a toolkit to support the application of the Place Standard tool.  The resources are designed to overcome key issues and barriers associated with traditional approaches to community engagement.”

10 June 2019

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