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Belonging and togetherness – listen again

People should feel ‘at home’ where they live – within both their homes and communities. That means creating places that encourage interactions with others and create a local identity through the provision of shops and services. Building in this way nurtures cultures that are intrinsic to a place and help people to build roots, traditions and identities.

Martyn Evans, Creative Director at U+I plc, chairs this discussion with panelists Pooja Agrawal (Homes England and Public Practice), Sophia de Sousa (Chief Executive, The Glass-House) and Adam Hawksbee (Head of Policy and Programme Development at West Midlands Combined Authority).

Access to nature – listen again

Our recent panel discussion focused on how connection to nature is vital to our wellbeing.

Garden designer and Gardeners’ Question Time regular, Matthew Wilson, chaired the panel that also included Louise Wyman, Strategic Director, Manchester City Council; Louise Clarke Head of Sustainable Places at Berkeley Group and Loyd Grossman, Chairman of Royal Parks.

Topics covered the positive effects that spending time in nature can bring, particularly during the recent lockdown; the role that local authorities can play in giving people access to nature; and the challenges of keeping parks open and clean at a time when they are getting much more use.
You can listen again below.

A sense of control – listen again

How can a feeling of ownership allow people to feel invested in their communities for the long term? That was the topic of discussion for The Quality of Life Foundation’s first panel event.

Chaired by Jonny Anstead, Director at TOWN, the panel featured Jo Negrini, Chief Executive at Croydon Council; Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive of Power to Change; and Matt Bell, Head of Corporate Affairs at Grosvenor Group.

Panelists shared their views on issues such as the impact of Covid-19 in our communities, how to encourage diversity and equality in the way we control our neighbourhoods, and how to create meaningful public participation in planning processes.
You can listen again below.

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