The Quality of Life Foundation is an independent, charitable organisation that aims to raise people’s quality of life by making wellbeing central to the way we create and care for our homes and communities. We find out what people think and feel about where they live and instigate practical projects that promote more long-term thinking in industry and government.
About the Quality Of
What is quality of life?
We define quality of life as a person’s physical, social and psychological wellbeing.
We believe that if we can improve the built environment – the buildings and neighbourhoods where people live – then we can raise people’s quality of life.
Which is good for people and good for the planet.
There is currently too much short-term thinking in the housing sector and government at a local and national level, which has led to public apathy and distrust in developers and councils. We believe the solution is long-term thinking that prioritises people’s quality of life, by which we mean their physical, social and psychological wellbeing.
We want to create change in the way the housing industry acquires, plans, builds and manages new homes and communities to improve people’s quality of life.
The Quality of Life Foundation was set up by design champion and industry leader, Professor Sadie Morgan OBE. She became frustrated with our inability to create homes and communities that are built for the long-term at scale. She felt there was a need to focus the debate around people, their health and wellbeing, and to involve both developers and the general public in how their homes and communities are created.
After a series of conversations with Tony Pidgley, CBE, Chairman of founding partner, Berkeley Group, she set up the Foundation as a space for those both inside and outside the built environment industry to focus on what people think and feel about their homes and communities, and work out ways that they might be improved.
To start with, we carried out research to find out what affects people’s quality of life. We used this evidence to build a framework to demonstrate how improvements to our homes and communities can improve our quality of life. Now we are looking at ways to add to increase the evidence base for making health and wellbeing more central, and providing services to provide general uplift and create greater accountability.
Throughout, we have sought ways to engage with the public to understand sentiments at a community level, and to create a system whereby the public can assess individual developments based on its impact on their quality of life.
We will work with developers, local authorities and housing associations to demonstrate how adopting our framework will create long-term social and economic benefits.
The Quality of Life Foundation started life as a company limited by guarantee but has since filed articles to become a charity. We are in the process of registering with the Charities Commission and as part of our development, we are also starting a trading subsidiary through which we can provide products and services, the profits of which will go back into the Foundation’s work.
The Quality of Life Foundation came about after a series of conversations between Tony and Sadie Morgan. Tony identified the need for an organisation that would champion people and communities, and this chimed with Sadie’s increasing frustrated with the pace and focus of change in the housing sector.
“I’ve rarely met anyone with such a zest for life, a twinkle in his eye, and unrivalled energy,” Sadie said. “I shall never forget his support and encouragement.”
We remain grateful for Tony’s foresight and leadership, and Berkeley Group’s support, without which this endeavour would never have happened.