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Place making – lessons from Vancouver

The 2016 Placemaking Leadership Forum took place on September 14–17th at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, Canada. Over 500 attendees and speakers from all over the world piled into Downtown Vancouver for a series of tours, workshops, talks and side events, aimed at envisioning a place-led future for cities by leveraging the convergence of… Continue Reading

Twin Towns UK – New Funding opportuntity

The Carnegie UK Trust has announced that it is open for applications for its brand new Twin Towns UK initiative, a programme designed with the support of an Expert Reference Group to modernise and make relevant the traditional concept of town twinning, dating back to the Second World War. Towns with a population of less than 80,000 are… Continue Reading

Habitat III Leader or Laggard – Wales and Sustainable Urbanisation

Next week the third United Nations conference on Housing and Sustainable Urbanisation – Habitat III gets underway in Quito in Ecuador. Given these conferences only happen once every 20 years or so, for those concerned with these issues it should provide a useful global learning opportunity and a prism through which to reflect on our… Continue Reading

Well Being Needs Assessment support for PSBs

Well Being Needs Assessment support Public Service Boards across Wales will be well advanced in undertaking the necessary data collection, analysis and engagement work, required to complete a Well Being Assessment for their area by the end of March 2017. This outline prospectus briefly sets out the range of services Sustainable Regeneration Solutions (a not… Continue Reading

People care about Places

Place Plan Prospectus “We need more affordable housing” “We need better public transport and cycle routes” “We need more jobs” “We need cleaner places, people care about” Go to any place in Wales, city town or village, and talk to any business owner, community group, parent at the school gate or person in the street… Continue Reading

Measuring the social return on investment of playwork

Measuring the social return on investment of playwork

Measuring the social return on investment of playwork Earlier this week we marked National Play Day with a blog by Mike Barclay from Wrexham County Borough Council and Play Wales’s Marianne Manello outlining the social benefits that have been attributed to playwork in Wrexham. In this blog the consultant who led the enquiry, Chris Ashman,… Continue Reading