Bromley by Bow: listening to communities and shaping public spaces to improve health

Published: 11 Aug 2017


Dan Hopewell, our Director of Knowledge and Innovation has written a blog for the Health Foundation on the importance of space in creating community centres.

The model used by the Bromley by Bow Centre and Health Partnership is based on the premise that health and wellbeing is created through focusing on assets and strengths, rather than deficits. We support families, young people and adults of all ages to learn new skills, improve their health and wellbeing, find employment and develop the confidence to achieve their goals and transform their lives

For this to work, it is critical to assess the purpose, function and nature of the environment where their provision interfaces with individuals and communities.

At the Bromley by Bow Centre, our impetus has come from within our community and its desire to develop an environment that builds connections between people, where daily lives can be lived in a manner that is enriching and promotes health and wellbeing. We are supporting a growing network of health and community centres, who have radically reassessed their fundamental purpose: to create vibrant, resourceful communities.

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