2018 International Healthy Cities Conference

Site Visits Wednesday 3 October 2018

Site visits have been arranged under the themes of People, Place, Participation, and Prosperity, Planet, Peace.


All site visits will start at 10.30am on Wednesday 3 October 2018 from the Waterfront Hall. It is estimated the tours will return to Belfast City Centre by approximately 12.45pm. Delegates will receive lunch as part of their chosen site visit.

Below is a list of site visits on offer, with a brief description of each visit. Booking can be done via registration form. Please note places on the site visits are limited.

Participation: ensuring the participation of all individuals and communities in the decisions that affect them and the places they live, work, love and play.


This theme includes coherent governance, inclusive civic participation, accountability, empowerment, and city health diplomacy. 

8. Title: Treating Conditions – Exercise through Prescriptions   

Host:  Active Belfast, Public Health Agency

Places available: 40

Health wise is an Active Belfast preventative initiative and a tailored programme to change the behaviour of adults who are inactive. It offers a range of physical activity opportunities to encourage adults to build physical activity into their everyday life for improved health and well-being.


The chronic conditions programmes provide physical activity rehabilitation and exercise encouragement classes for a variety of chronic conditions such as type 1 Diabetes, Cancer and cardiac rehabilitation.


The visit offers opportunity to participate in physical activity programmes and will include a tour of Olympia Leisure Centre and Belfast.

9. Title: W5 Science Centre   

Host: W5

Places available: 50

A visit to the W5 Med lab in Titanic Quarter will showcase a new interactive, immersive health exhibition at the children’s Science Centre.  Walking from Belfast Waterfront to Titanic Quarter participants will view street art along the Lagan Weir footbridge and cycle way.


Situated in the Titanic Quarter of the city, free time can be used to explore the many attractions of the area, including the Titanic Museum and slipways.

10. Title: Early Intervention approaches in Shankill   

Host: Greater Shankill Partnership

Places available: 25

Established in 1996, the Greater Shankill Partnership (GSP) is a community led regeneration agency in the Greater Shankill area of Belfast. Shankill Sure Start and Integrated Services for Children and Young People are signature programmes of Greater Shankill Partnership.  The visit will experience Shankill Road early intervention programme which tackles inequalities through family engagement and improving education outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. 


The visit will conclude with a guided historical tour of the Shankill Road an area rich in culture and heritage, and a main route connecting west Belfast to the city Centre.

11. Title: Belfast - an Age-Friendly City    

Host: Healthy Ageing Strategic Partnership

Places available: 30

Belfast Age-Friendly action plan for 2018-2021 will focus on meeting the needs of older people, in particular reducing social isolation.  This visit will feature an overview of initiatives and an opportunity to meet members of the Greater Belfast Seniors Forum who provide the voice of older people in the Age-friendly Belfast plan.


An overview of Age-friendly Belfast and Dementia friendly East Belfast will be provided and the opportunity to participate in a tea dance as part of Positive Ageing Month.

12. Title: Belfast – A UNESCO Learning City    

Host: Belfast Strategic Partnership / Footprints Women’s Centre

Places available: 30

Belfast is a member of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities and a key part of the focus is to make learning accessible to everyone in the city.  We wish to remove barriers to learning and develop collaborative action to use learning as a tool to reduce inequalities.


Footprints Women’s Centre is a great example of this approach, responding to the local needs of women and their families, building self-esteem, confidence and developing skills.  Operating as a social enterprise and trading company, re-investing all profits back to the women’s centre


A guided tour of west Belfast will be given en route to Footprints Women’s Centre, participates will have the opportunity to join learning activities.