Our Outdoors – Your Views Wanted

CHANGES Community Health Project has been contacted by the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy
(SCPHRP) at the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the UK Medical Research Council
(MRC).

They are looking for people to participant in their research project. The project team are passionate about working with the public to improve health and wellbeing.

What is the ‘Our Outdoors’ Project?

‘Our Outdoors’ is a citizen science project which has the long-term aim to understand the impact urban and rural outdoor spaces have on health and wellbeing.  The project will also explore whether
spaces impact people’s health and wellbeing differently and if so, why?

Why is this information being collected and what will it be used for?

People are becoming increasingly aware of the link between the places we live and spend time in and our health. However, it is unclear which spaces positively or negatively affect health and wellbeing and what populations benefit from these spaces and why.  CHANGES want to work with the public to develop a questionnaire and collect data to understand how different outdoor spaces impact on health and wellbeing.

The information that is collected can be used by local community groups, researchers and policymakers to understand the positive and negative effects of local spaces on health and wellbeing. The
information may be used to develop better shared outdoor spaces.

What will the workshop involve?

During the first phase of the project, the project team are looking for people to help develop a questionnaire to collect data on shared outdoor spaces.

The project team are working with CHANGES to run a half day workshop where you will take part in fun and creative small group activities to explore:

  • How outdoor spaces make you feel when you are in them (both positively and negatively).
  • If some elements of a spaces affect you more than others.
  • Whether you are interested in becoming a citizen scientist in this project and what you would need (resources, training, support, incentives) to do so.

The workshop is about hearing your and others’ ideas and experiences. You can participate as little or as much as you would like and the project team will be there to help you with whatever you need.

All participants who take part in the workshop will be given a £15 shopping voucher as a thank you.

Drinks and food will be provided throughout the day and if you bring receipts we can reimburse your travel.

Information Session

If you would like to attend a short information session about this piece of work please come along on
Wednesday 14th February 2018, 4 pm – 4.30 pm
Annexe Lounge, Fisherrow Centre, South Street, Musselburgh, EH21 6AT
Please telephone Heather on 0131 653 1080 or email healthyliving@changeschp.org.uk if you would like to attend.

If you can’t attend the information session but would like to find out about the workshop, please also get in touch.