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Better Place

Involving local people in developing safer and healthier places for expectant parents and families with children under four to play and walk, and increase access to outdoor spaces.

It is widely accepted that a poor environment affects health and well-being, and this applies to babies and small children too. Better Place will show how improving and investing in key features of the local environment can improve children’s emotional health and physical fitness, setting them up for life.

Better Place will identify and oversee improvements to local parks and outdoor spaces with the aim of providing a healthier and happier environment for babies, young children and families. The project will also find ways to reduce exposure to harmful traffic fumes for pregnant women and small children.

The project will be delivered in collaboration with Bradford Council, Public Health, voluntary and community sector groups, local people and our own Better Start Bradford projects.

Better Place will look at:

  • Supporting local people, with a particular focus on families with children under four, to get involved in developing plans for improvements to outdoor spaces.
  • Access to high quality green spaces and outdoor play facilities that are important to children’s health and wellbeing, such as parks, playgrounds and woodland.
  • Opportunities for children to play and enjoy nature, looking to ‘reclaim’ spaces for families’ use through a variety of different activities.
  • Access to safe, high-quality routes and spaces for families to walk and exercise, so that they can get around in a healthy, safe, affordable and enjoyable way.
  • Air quality in the local area, especially in places where children live and play, considering how local sources of pollution can be addressed and how we can help protect pregnant women and children from exposure to fumes.

Who provides it? Better Place is being delivered by Groundwork North, East & West Yorkshire. Groundwork NEWY is part of a federation of Groundwork Trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, each working with their partners to improve the quality of the local environment, the lives of local people and the success of local businesses in areas in need of investment and support.

Where and when is it delivered? Better Place is being delivered across the whole Better Start Bradford area by Groundwork. Details and information on the activities being undertaken by Better Place will be publicised on the Better Start Bradford website and social media channels.

Contact for more info?
The Better Place team would love to hear from you!

The team is based at the Mayfield Centre on Broadway Avenue, BD5 9NP. Please contact the office on 01274 735300 or email [email protected]

Better Place is one of more than 20 projects being provided by Better Start Bradford for pregnant women and families with children under four in Little Horton, Bowling and Barkerend and Bradford Moor.