Physical activity – Talk the Walk

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Date(s) - 25/11/2008
6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

The Rose


Presentations to be made on the evening include:

•    Roger Mackett, Professor of Transport Studies at UCL on his research into children, physical activity and walking.

•    Katherine Thompson, Physical Activity for Health Coordinator, London NHS on the recent audit of physical activity provided by PCTs and local authorities.

•    Jonny Ambrose, Communications consultant, on embedding active travel into the communication strategies of London’s NHS – a blueprint commissioned by Transport for London.

•    Andrew Stuck, a behaviour change consultant, on a new proposal called “Induction walkabout”.

Participants who attended:

Jonny Ambrose from  JA Associates a Communications Consultant with recent experience with London NHS Hospital Trusts.

Tim Baker  from  Newham PCT  the lead for healthy living at Newham PCT.

Liz Crampton    from Living Streets is campaigns assistant for Living Streets. Liz will be working with 5 businesses and 5 secondary schools in London encouraging walking.

Richard Ghail geologist, ground engineer, turned transport planner,

Maja Luna is an urbanist with a strong interest in community development. She considers empowerment of residents and phenomenological experiences extremely important in development processes.

Laura McCrea  from Southwark Council looks after the Travel Awareness remit at Southwark, including walk to school activities, travel awareness events and campaigns.

Roger Mackett  from University College London is Professor of Transport Studies.

Laura Simmonds from Harrow PCT  is the Walk Scheme coordinator for Harrow PCT.  She is newly appointed so is keen to absorb as many ideas as possible!

Andrew Stuck from Rethinking Cities Ltd is your host – he is a behaviour change consultant and walking artist.

Sharon Tan

Katherine Thompson from NHS London & Sport England is the Physical Activity for Health Co-ordinator (West) Regional Public Health Team London – she commissioned  the recent audit of physical activity in PCTs in London.

Stacy Woodward from Living Streets Walking Works Coordinator for London. Stacy will be working with numerous businesses across London helping them to promote walking amongst staff.

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.