Welcoming and enterprising parks and green/blue spaces Webinar series
Webinar 1 – How to develop our parks into becoming community hubs, addressing health inequalities and become #MoreThanAPark #OutdoorEnterprise
10 am BST 19th March 2021
Webinar 1 - How to develop our parks into becoming community hubs, addressing health inequalities and become #MoreThanAPark
How to best assess your potential for working with community partners - what are your assets, relationships and skills?
Parks should be for the people and their communities. Successful green/blue places embrace and welcome everybody around them and are designed to engage a range of groups and reduce health inequalities. How can we forge partnerships between local authorities, community and conservation groups, to support local stewardship of these spaces for people and wildlife? Well managed parks help reduce inequalities and bring people together, including new audiences.
Graham Duxbury, CEO Groundwork UK
Graham was appointed Groundwork UK's Chief Executive in March 2014. He has nearly 20 years’ experience of helping public and voluntary sector organisations reach new audiences and deliver strategic communications and development campaigns. Graham joined Groundwork UK in 1998, prior to which he undertook a number of communications roles in the voluntary, public and private sectors. Graham will talk about how the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of green space to our health and wellbeing. However, it has also exacerbated existing inequalities in access to green space. In this presentation, Graham will explore the trends for visits to urban green space. What are the barriers and why does it matter?
Damien Newman, Training, Education and Consultancy Manager, Thrive.
Damien looks after the team at Thrive that provide training education and consultancy to professionals in care and education to maximise the use of gardens and nature for health and wellbeing. He has been involved in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture for close to 20 years both at Thrive and in Mental health services. His presentation will focus on Therapeutic Horticulture - using horticulture to support development, recovery and rehabilitation. He will explore how people with ill health and disability may benefit from a person centred approach, using nature to achieve specific health related outcomes.
Deborah Needle, Community Facilitator, Naturally Birmingham FPA Project
Deborah is an environmental entrepreneur dedicated to connecting people to nature, with a focus on community and biodiversity. She has helped develop the Birmingham Trees for Life programme and is currently working on the Naturally Birmingham Future Parks Project. In 2019 Birmingham won a place on a new initiative to enhance the future of its parks and green spaces - the Future Parks Accelerator. Deborah will share insights from her work on the ‘Naturally Birmingham Future Parks Project’, which is pioneering innovative approaches to managing green spaces in ways that support communities whilst becoming financially sustainable.
This webinar will draw upon experiences from people in the UK and across the world, involved with creating community-based outdoor spaces that are welcoming, inclusive and diverse places for long-standing users as well as newcomers.
These innovative webinars are aimed at representatives from conservation charities, parks, social and sports development and other departments at our local authorities, social prescribers, public health, trusts, social enterprises, community groups and health and wellbeing bodies