Emotional well-being and public space – Talk the Walk

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Date(s) - 10/02/2009
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Arts Council (London)


As this is an event to give as many people a chance to get to know others in the room, we limit the presentations to only a few minutes each.  Any participant that wants to address the whole room may do so – the more participants electing to do so the less time each of them has to speak!

Presentations made on the evening included:

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Living Streets

Dr David Blazey, Social Inclusion, Rehabilitation and Recovery Projects Manager, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Philip Cave, Principal of Philip Cave Associates

Sherry Clark, South London & Maudsley Mental Health Trust, on DIY Happiness

John Harkin, Physical Activity for Health Co-ordinator (East), Regional Public Health Team London

Laurel Joseph, Health Improvement Coordinator for Sutton and Merton PCT

Jess Linton, Education & Community Co-ordinator, Akedmi – south Asian dance

Ian Phillips, Landscape architect

Sally Reichardt, Get Moving Project Officer from the Time to Change campaign

Alexandra Rook, Project Director, Walk London

Jack Skillen, Manager Fitter for Purpose, Living Streets

Andrew Stuck, a behaviour change consultant: Romantic Ribbons initiative – seeking emotional well-being in better designed urban public spaces.

You can download a list of participants here: TTW Participants_10 Feb.xls.  We will distribute evaluation sheets at the event but if you missed filling one in, you can download it here Making it better_000210.docand send it to [email protected]

Pledges – participants were invited to write down a pledge or two – read a selection here.

Read a review of the event from the Urban Design Group weekly e-newsletter.

Talk the Walk: Networking events for people promoting vibrant walkable neighbourhoods.

The format of a Talk the Walk event is fairly straightforward:

  • Meet up, and go on a walk
  • Mix and Mingle
  • Listen to a 3-5 minute presentation – up to 16 at any event – (let us know if you have something you want to talk about).
  • Ask questions – Share ideas – Create an action plan

Talk the Walk offers any participant the opportunity to speak to the whole group. The more speakers there are the less time each is given to speak.

Each Talk the Walk has a definite theme; themes have included: physical activity; emotional well-being and public space; animating public space; workplace health, retrofitting for walking; and children, play and independent mobility.

Bringing professionals from different fields together to promote walking is key to Talk the Walk, and in trying to achieve this and to keep costs to a minimum we have co-hosted Talk the Walks, with the Urban Design Group at the Arts Council, with Groundwork London, with Play England, with the London Borough of Bromley and with NHS Greenwich.  We are always keen to hear from other organisations that can offer us a venue that accommodates 40 people.

You can read about previous Talk the Walks on this wiki and find out what participants think about them.

Go to Get in Touch page to register your interest in a Talk the Walk or other Talkshops we offer form.